Working together with key industry partners, the Open Music Academy will establish a more equitable distribution of music education across the state. Regional students will be offered opportunities to access the rich resources of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, with stimulating music education experiences tailored to suit students at a wide range of levels.
A key focus is to strengthen and develop music making in regional areas, providing greater choice and convenience in music education for aspiring musicians. Regionally based students will be offered tuition, masterclasses, and opportunities to join their city counterparts for workshops and performances throughout the year. These opportunities will enable regional students to develop their musical skills to a new level, as well as access the proven benefits of music education in terms of their personal development and wellbeing. Research has proven that music education is key to building communication skills, concentration, collaboration and self confidence, and each of these qualities will be developed through Open Music Academy activities. The Open Music Academy is also motivated by the ability of music education to build stronger communities, as demonstrated by the world-renowned El Sistema social music program.
Scholarships, instruments and travel bursaries will be provided on a discretionary basis to Open Music Academy participants, to enable students to maximise their musical potential regardless of financial or geographic circumstances.