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Dr Adam Starr

Adam is a composer and musician across guitar, bass, voice, percussion. He lectures at Melbourne Polytechnic in composition, arranging and performance. Adam composes for both film and the concert hall, writing for ensembles of different sizes. His PhD in Composition explored issues of indeterminacy, metric modulation and 'interference'.  

Adam has been lecturing on music since 2011. He encourages his students to practice creativity, to think about their unique musical vision and find the best ways to articulate it. His approach to education and creation is informed by combining the best of his experiences as a postgraduate student, with over 20 years of working as a composer and performer in the music industry. Adam feels privileged to support of the musical and educational journeys of his students.   

Adam has a PhD (Composition, University of Melbourne, a Master of Music (Composition for the Screen) from the Royal College of Music in the UK and a Master of Music (Composition) from the University of Melbourne. He has performed at festivals in Europe, Asia and America with different ensembles. Adam’s most recent film score was for Outback Rabbis, a popular documentary series that has screened on SBS from 2018.   

Music Courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production
Higher Education, Sound Production, Music Performance and Industry - Full Time - Fairfield
VTAC Higher Education, Sound Production, Music Performance and Industry - Full Time - Fairfield
Our Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production is a music artist’s degree for emerging songwriters, composers and music producers, who will be taught as artists. Be part of something unique - nowhere else in Australia can you explore your musical, artistic career in this way and to degree level.
Undergraduate Certificate in Songwriting and Music Production
Higher Education, Sound Production, Music Performance and Industry - Full Time - Fairfield
Higher Education, Sound Production, Music Performance and Industry - Full Time - Fairfield
Start your creative career with the Undergraduate Certificate in Songwriting and Music Production.
Diploma of Music Industry - Music Production CUA50815
Sound Production, Music Performance and Industry - Full Time - Fairfield
VTAC Sound Production, Music Performance and Industry - Full Time - Fairfield
Start your career in the music industry. Enrol in our Diploma of Music Industry CUA50815 (Music Production), where you'll learn specialist skills for sound production and get qualified to work as a professional composer, DJ, sound designer and sound producer in Melbourne's vibrant music scene.
Advanced Diploma of Music Industry - Performance CUA60515
Music Performance and Industry - Full Time - Fairfield
VTAC Music Performance and Industry - Full Time - Fairfield
Polish your performance skills and step into the limelight as you prepare for nights playing in Melbourne’s leading music venues. Take the next step in your musical career with the Advanced Diploma of Music Industry CUA60515 (Performance).