The Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) was established in Mackay in 1989 by the Queensland Conservatorium of Music as a regional campus to deliver preparatory courses in music. It became an entity in its own right when it was incorporated into CQUniversity Australia in 1996 and soon after began to offer full degree programs in music, theatre and jazz studies with students auditioning into these programs from all states of Australia and overseas.

Since that time, the CQCM has grown its music and theatre offerings to include jazz and popular music, music theatre, drama and technical theatre, utilising the purpose-built facilities on the Mackay Ooralea campus, while also establishing itself as a leading provider of online education programs in music, giving it a footprint across the national education stage.

In addition, the inclusion of postgraduate programs at the Masters and Doctoral level provides students with a myriad of opportunities to explore their creativity across a range of different dimensions.

The CQCM continues to pursue excellence and innovation in academic programs, research initiatives and community engagement making it one of Australia's foremost providers of education in the creative and performing arts.