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Centre for Young Musicians

Instrumental Lessons and Performance Activities

Through this program school-aged students are offered high quality, sequential tuition in instrumental performance, led by the performance staff of the Elder Conservatorium. In addition to weekly tuition on their instruments, students also participate in regular ensemble sessions, masterclasses, workshops and performances throughout the year. At each stage of their development students are offered opportunities that extend and inspire, with talent identified and fostered at an early age.

Alongside a focus on developing individual technical and performance skills there is an emphasis on developing each student into a confident, well rounded musician, within a positive musical peer group. Core teaching takes place at the Elder Conservatorium’s historical North Terrace buildings on Saturdays during school terms.

Extra Performance Activities

  • Creative music making sessions

    These sessions will be available to all levels of musicians in the Centre for Young Musicians. Students will access their creativity, moving away from conventional music notation, supported by creative workshop leaders with experience in Australia and the United Kingdom. Through the creative music making sessions,  students will find that their musical confidence, communication skills and listening skills are all improved, supporting the development of their overall general musicianship.

  • Chamber music days

    Students will form into small ensembles and groups, developing their listening, communication and ensemble skills. These sessions will be supervised by some of Australia’s most experienced chamber musicians, giving students the chance to learn the secrets of small group music making from experts in the field.

  • Technique booster

    In these workshops all students will have their technical skills boosted and extended. Lead teachers from the Elder Conservatorium of Music will give their expert advice on specific technical challenges relevant to their instruments. Advanced students will be invited to share their learning with younger members of the Centre for Young Musicians, acting as ‘practice buddies’ and establishing a positive peer mentorship.

  • Side by side rehearsals

    Intermediate and Advanced Open Music Academy musicians will be given the opportunity to play side by side with Elder Conservatorium of Music students in rehearsals with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra or Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra. There will be additional opportunities for Beginner level students to link with these ensembles, to broaden their horizons and interact with the next generation of South Australia’s professional musicians.

  • Performance skill workshops

    Students will be given expert advice and coaching in performance presentation, tone production, the secrets of a successful audition and how to communicate with an audience. The workshops will be led by core Elder Conservatorium of Music staff, as well as visiting guest artists.

  • Schedule

    Weekly sessions held in Elder Hall teaching rooms on Saturdays. Mid-year performance held in Hartley Concert Room, End of Year Concert held in Elder Hall.

    Lesson duration - Beginner: 30 minutes, Intermediate: 45 minutes, Advanced: 60 minutes

    Instrumental/voice Lessons
    Term Dates
    Term 1 Saturday 9 February - Saturday 30 March (8 weeks)
    Term 2 Saturday 11 May - Saturday 29 June (8 weeks)
    Mid-year performance Sunday 30 June
    Term 3 Saturday 21 July - Saturday 21 September (8 weeks)
    *Note: no lessons Saturday 24 August
    Term 4 Saturday 19 October - Saturday 14 December (8 weeks)
    *Note: no lessons Saturday 9 November
    End of year performance Sunday 1 December
  • Fees
    Instrumental/voice Lessons
    Per term Per year
    Beginner (30 minute lessons) $400 $1600
    Intermediate (45 minute lessons) $560 $2240
    Advanced (60 minute lessons) $720 $2880

    The fees quoted above include participation in masterclasses, workshops, ensemble activities and performances.

    Siblings can enjoy 25% discount on fees.

  • How to apply

    Please complete this application form and email it to or via mail to Open Music Academy, Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide SA 5005.

Junior Percussion Ensemble Program

The Open Music Academy Junior Percussion Ensemble Program gives young players the opportunity to improve their ensemble and individual performance skills in a supportive and challenging environment. The ensemble is designed to develop musicianship, technical proficiency, creativity, and aims to support the learning of highly motivated students of percussion.

Under the direction of Amanda Grigg, the ensemble will rehearse weekly with a view to presenting a short performance alongside the Elder Conservatorium's Undergraduate Percussion Ensemble. Rehearsals are conducted in the Elder Conservatorium Percussion Studio, giving students the experience of performing on a wide range of percussion instruments. Students not only have the opportunity to find out what university life is like, but also contribute to, and benefit from the diverse musical life of the University of Adelaide.

For further information on the Junior Percussion Ensemble Program, please contact Amanda Grigg

Elder Conservatorium of Music

Faculty of Arts



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