Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Clearing the fog of dementia with song
A new study led by the University of Melbourne will investigate the potential for music therapy as a dementia treatment.
Hip Hop’s healing power
Hip Hop pays off in engaging kids in learning, finds University of Melbourne music therapy researcher, as genre's recognised health benefits go mainstream
Stuart Greenbaum: Composed at 50
As Stuart Greenbaum, one of Australia's most widely-performed composers, reaches a milestone birthday he discusses music, the meaning of life, and silence.
Piano men: When a mentor meets a prodigy
There are seven decades between them but pianists Kevin Suherman and Professor Max Cooke share a unique musical bond.
Instrumental reward of the harpsichord
Dr Erin Helyard has been praised as a virtuosic soloist as well as an inspired and versatile conductor. Here he talks opera, harpsichord and music education.
Chopin, the Nazis, and the Spanish piano
The piano on which Chopin composed his Preludes had an afterlife involving a Polish-French pianist and confiscation by the Nazis during the Second World War.
The purple reign is over: Long live Prince’s legacy
Prince was an icon of R&B, funk and jazz who went against tide as we know it, creating a new context for pop music.
On a positive note: Songwriting as a therapy method
In creating music we can share something of our experiences and ourselves – a notion explored by Professor Felicity Baker in therapeutic songwriting.
Transforming music performance
A pioneering study at the Melbourne Conservatorium is investigating how personal motivation and quality of practice affects music performance.
Saving the endangered sounds of West Africa
Thanks to the tenacity of ethnomusicologist Dr Graeme Counsel, over 9,000 songs from the West African nation of Guinea are now publically available online.