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Centre for Young Musicians

Instrumental Lessons

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.

  • Schedule

    Weekly sessions held in Elder Hall teaching rooms 1-4pm, performances held in Elder Hall.

    Instrumental/voice Lessons
    Term Dates
    Term 1 Saturday 10 February - Saturday 24 March (8 weeks)
    Term 2 Saturday 7 April - Saturday 30 June (8 weeks)
    Mid-year performance Friday 6 July
    Term 3 Saturday 28 July - Saturday 22 September (8 weeks) *Note: no lessons Saturday 18 August
    Term 4 Saturday 20 October - Saturday 8 December (8 weeks)
    End of year performance Sunday 16 December
  • Fees
    Instrumental/voice Lessons
    Per term Per year
    Beginner $400 $1600
    Intermediate $560 $2240
    Advanced $720 $2880

    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.

  • Schedule

    Weekly sessions held in Madley Percussion Studio, concert held in Madley Rehearsal Studio.

    Percussion Ensemble Sessions
    Date Time
    Monday 19 February 6-7.30pm
    Monday 26 February 6-7.30pm
    Monday 5 March 6-7.30pm
    Monday 19 March 6-7.30pm
    Monday 26 March 6-7.30pm
    Monday 9 April 6-7.30pm
    Monday 30 April 6-7.30pm
    Monday 7 May 6-7.30pm
    Monday 14 May 6-7.30pm
    Monday 21 May 6-7.30pm
    Monday 28 May 6-7.30pm
    Monday 4 June - Concert 6-10pm
  • Fees
    Percussion Ensemble
    Per semester
  • 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.

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