How does tertiary music education contribute to musicians’ careers?

Jenni Hillman, DEd

Australian tertiary music education providers offer courses with different emphases in the mix of theoretical knowledge and practice-based skills for music portfolio careers. Filling a research gap, this study explores the experiences of tertiary music graduates using a mixed methods research design incorporating an online survey and semi-structured interviews. Findings show graduates from different providers rated their courses similarly but for different reasons which support the recommendation of five key elements as critical for a comprehensive tertiary music education.


  • Associate Professor Neryl Jeanneret
  • Professor David Forrest