Developing Musicians Program Information

The Developing Musicians Program is available to all ACT students in years 7-12, and consists of two components (students may enrol in either or both). 

All students, regardless of ability or previous experience can be admitted to these programs, however enrolment is subject to the availability of an appropriate ensemble or theory/aural skills class. 

Jazz Stream

Performance

Directed by our qualified tutors, student participating in the DMP Jazz Performance stream rehearse for 1 hour per week in jazz combos with their peers. These students will learn jazz standards, recent compositions, and are encouraged to work on their own arrangements. Our jazz students perform at end of semester concerts, other events as available, and are encouraged to attend regular School of Music jazz jam sessions on campus. 

Open to all ability levels, students are strongly encouraged to take individual lessons on their instrument while participating in the program.  

While participation in this program is open to all ability levels, we require new students to attend a streaming interview, to ensure placement in an appropriate ensemble. See requirements below:

- Please prepare one tune (blues, standard, etc.) and a scale of your choice.
- We will ask you a few simple theory questions to try to get a deeper understanding of your current knowledge.
- Drummers, please prepare a swing feel, and one additional feel. 

Theory and Aural Skills

Students in the new DMP Jazz Theory and Aural Skills classes will spend 1 hour per week with one of our jazz faculty learning jazz harmony, theory and improvisation. Open to students of all levels of existing knowledge of jazz theory, this program will give you the tools you need to understand how jazz harmony and improvisation function, and will improve your own jazz practice. 

Open to all students, placement in an appropriate class is dependent on the completion of a streaming exam in December. 

 

Classical Stream

Performance

Directed by our qualified chamber music tutors, students participating in the DMP Chamber Music stream will rehearse for 1 hour per week in an ensemble of their peers. These students work in small ensembles (string quartets, piano trios, piano 4-hands, brass quintet, flute ensemble, etc.) towards our end of semester concerts, as well as performances at Embassies and other cultural centres around the ACT. 

This program also includes our Vocal Fry chamber choirs, run by renowned choral director, Tobias Cole. 

Open to all ability levels, Classical DMP students are strongly encouraged to take individual lessons on their instrument while participating in the program.  

While participation in this program is open to all ability levels, we require new students to attend a streaming interview, to ensure placement in an appropriate ensemble. See requirements below:

- Instrumental students: Please prepare one unaccompanied work and a scale of your choice.
- Vocal students: Please prepare Waltzing Matilda (email the Open School Office [openschoolofmusic@anu.edu.au] for a copy of the score for this particular arrangement).
- We will also ask you a few simple theory questions to try to get a deeper understanding of your current knowledge.

Theory and Aural Skills
 

Students in the DMP Classical Theory and Aural Skills classes will spend 1 hour per week with one of our classical faculty learning theory and aural skills concepts and techniques, including listening and dictation exercises, singing melodies and scales, and melodic and harmonic analysis. Our material is loosely based on the AMEB curricula.  

Open to all students, placement in an appropriate class is dependent on the completion of a streaming exam in December.
 

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