This subject is available to students who wish to prepare for university study in either the Bachelor of Music degree or the Diploma in Music. It is designed to enable students to reach an advanced level of skill and mastery of a particular musical instrument, and to give a broad understanding of music performance. The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) at the University of Melbourne allocates the teachers for this subject.
Applicants are required to have a minimum of Grade 6 practical in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), or Trinity College London exams, or Grade 6 (Grade 5 for singers) in the exams of the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).
Students intending to take this subject must pass an audition before enrolling in TCFS. Students attend 24 individual practical lessons with their teacher across the course of one year. Lessons include a study of selected repertoire on the student’s instrument, principles of interpretation, style and technical work. In addition to the lessons, students are required to undertake extensive individual practice.