Performance development allowance

A key element of advanced training in music performance is the individual one-to-one mentoring of a student by a teacher


Students who are majoring in performance at the ANU School of Music have access to a performance major of unparalleled flexibility and generosity. Through the Performance Development Allowance, students are able to tailor a program of practical instruction best suited to their individual needs and goals.

Selection of student and teacher

Students undertaking a unit in performance will nominate their preferred teacher from the list of approved Performance Teaching Fellows. Students may engage a teacher who is not already listed with approval of the Performance Convenor. Teachers who would like to apply to become a Performance Teaching Fellow are referred to the information and application process available on the Apply to teach page.

Applying and submitting choice of teacher

Once enrolled in a performance unit, students will be provided access to information about the PDA including terms of use, the application form, application and payment deadlines and the acquittal process by way of the School of Music Performance Handbook (accessed through Wattle). Students should negotiate directly with the Performance Teaching Fellows about their plan for the semester prior to submitting their application.

Approvals and notification (students)

Once a student is correctly enrolled, updated their band details on ISIS, and their PDA activity has been approved, funds will be disbursed directly to students. Teachers should provide their students with an invoice including the terms of payment, and students will pay them directly. There is no contractual agreement required between Performance Teaching Fellows and ANU. New PDA approval (above) must be formally confirmed each semester.

What is the Performance Development Allowance?

The Performance Development Allowance (PDA) is an allowance of $1,421 per semester provided for each undergraduate student undertaking a performance unit. This allowance can be used to support one-on-one lessons with a teacher, or a range of other approved activites with performance and educational outcomes.

Honours and Postgraduate students majoring in Performance receive $2,131 PDA per semester. 

Am I eligible to receive one-to-one performance tuition?

Students enrolled in Music Performance 1 to 6 have the option, subject to entry by audition, to take one-to-one tuition supported through the PDA. 

Who can I study with?

A list of Performance Teaching Fellows approved to provide one-to-one instrumental or vocal lessons through the PDA system, is available in the above tabs. This list is regularly updated with biographies and contact details. To nominate a teacher who is not already listed, students should contact the School.

Can I stay with my current teacher?

Yes, if your current teacher is already an approved Performance Teaching Fellow. If not, you should contact the School. The University will contact teachers to discuss possible future arrangements

Can I choose my teacher?

All students who have successfully passed a performance audition will be asked to nominate their teacher(s) of choice. Approved Performance Teaching Fellows will have the opportunity to review the audition record of a student and are not obliged to take a student who wishes to study with them.

Can I study an instrument not listed?

In principle, yes. The University will work with students to seek out appropriate teachers. Should a qualified and approved teacher become available the university will discuss possible future arrangements.

Can I study two instruments/voice etc?

The School examines only one area per semester, as such, you will be examined on your nominated instrument / voice (genre specific). While it may be possible to invest your PDA in more than one area, it is highly recommended you focus your tuition to best prepare for your chosen performance direction.

Do I have to take 13 lessons?

No. Students can apply to utilise the PDA funding to achieve a number of educational outcomes. For students in Music Performance 1-4 students must allocate 80% of their PDA to one-to-one or group tuition with one or more teachers.  For students enrolled in Performance 5-6, Honours and Postgraduate coursework performance, the PDA funding can also be used to support attendance at a workshop, conference or summer school, to access specialised training in a piece of music software or hardware, to fund travel to a placement or internship out of Canberra, or to access individual extension in their instrument. All activity is subject to approval by the Performance Convenor.

For all enquiries contact

T (02) 6125 5700

Please contact +61 2 6125 5700 if you are unable to contact a Performance Teaching Fellow.
Register your interest in becoming a Performance Teaching Fellow

Mr Greg  Stott

Mr Greg Stott

Contemporary, Jazz Guitar

Mr James Luke

Jazz Bass Guitar Double Bass

+61 419 293 497

Before you begin

The School of Music is currently accepting applications for Performance Teaching Fellows.

Before beginning the application you will need;

  • a PDF document (your Application Document) that contains:
    • a one-page covering letter stating your interest and teaching philosophy;
    • your curriculum vitae;
    • evidence of your academic qualifications and professional experiences;
    • The contact information of two referees including email addresses and phone numbers.
    • Maximum file size is 5MB. Please save your document in the following format SURNAME Firstname.pdf.
    • Instructions for creating a PDF document from a Microsoft Office document can be found at

Please also have prepared;

  • a short biography (maximum 300 words) for inclusion on our website should your application be approved.
  • a profile photograph (in .jpeg format, smaller than 1MB) to upload to include on our website if your application is approved.

The form must be completed in one attempt and cannot be saved.

All fields marked with a red asterisk (*) are mandatory.

Updated:  17 January 2018/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications