Creative Aural & Theory Skills (CATS)


Enhance your performance skills by expanding your understanding of the building blocks of music! This program offers four different Creative Aural & Theory Skills (CATS) classes that focus on different music fundamentals. These classes allow participants of any age enhance their listening skills and musical literacy. Each class consists of an aural and listening component.  


1-hour weekly classes during term time

Thursday afternoons/evenings


  • Classical CATS (ages 12 – 21)
  • Jazz CATS (ages 12 – 21)
  • Composition CATS (ages 12 and up)
  • Adult CATS (ages 22 and up)




It is a requirement of our funding that our participants are ACT residents. However, non-ACT residents can apply, understanding that placement preference is given to ACT residents.

All applicants, regardless of ability or previous experience, can be admitted to this program. We ask all applicants to complete a short streaming questionnaire to assess their current knowledge level so that we can group participants and plan classes accordingly.

Girls Jazz+ is open to women and gender diverse musicians.



How To Apply

We are currently taking applications for our CATS program. To apply, please fill out the following application form: Application to the Community Music Centre 2024

We enrol our main round of participants at the start of each year; however, we are happy to accept applications all year round. Applicants who apply after our Semester 1 groups have been confirmed will be placed on a waiting list. We will often review our waiting list prior to the commencement of our Semester 2 programs.



Streaming Questionnaire

All applicants applying to join CATS classical, jazz, or the adult stream are required to fill out a streaming questionnaire. This allows the program coordinators to get a better understanding of your current skill level and how to structure the class accordingly.

Please download the streaming questionnaire below (at the bottome of this page), complete, and return to us via email ( by 5:00 pm on Thursday 21 November. Please be in touch if you need more time to complete the streaming questionnaire. 



program fee per semester
CATS $75

Participants enrolled in more than one CATS class can do so at no extra cost; participants enrolled in more than one CATS class will pay no more than $75 per semester.

Fees can be paid here through the ANU's OneStop Secure Payment Portal.

Fees can be waived for current pension or healthcare card holders or anyone experiencing financial difficulties. If you would like to waive the fees for this program, please email us at



2024 Dates

Semester 1

Term 1: Monday 12 February – Thursday 28 March (7 weeks)

Term 2: Monday 29 April – Friday 14 June (7 weeks)


Semester 2

Term 3: Monday 22 July – Friday 20 September (9 weeks)

Term 4: Monday 14 October – Friday 15 November (5 weeks)



Updated:  12 March 2024/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications