Open School of Music

It's great to be back on campus.

Please don't forget that participants must complete a health declaration every week before they attend class.

All students must complete the following declaration within 24 hours prior to attending class:

Student declaration

Please also note that parents/guardians, siblings and friends are not allowed into the School of Music under any circumstances.  

Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in the issue of a formal warning.  A third warning may trigger our exclusion process and enrolment will be cancelled.  

For more general student news, students can find previous newletters at the link below:

Open school Student resources, where you will also find the most up-to-date Student Handbooks.  

We look forward to sharing each group’s progress as the term continues.

Please keep an eye on our webpage and Facebook page for updates. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact


About the Open School of Music

The School of Music has a strong and enduring commitment to outreach into the wider community. The School of Music works closely with its principal funding supporter, artsACT, and also partners with local festivals, community music making organisations, and teachers and schools through the Education and Training Directorate. The School also collaborates with many of the major cultural institutions resident in the ACT.

The aim of the Open School of Music is to provide developing musicians with a supportive and nurturing social environment in which they can improve their technical and theoretical knowledge of music, interact and share their love of music with their peers, and rub shoulders with the world of professional music-making.  In 2020 we will offer the following programs:

In particular, the Open School of Music aims to ensure that high-quality music education is accessible to all young people in the ACT who have the interest and aptitude.


Study opportunities

Studying at the ANU Open School of Music offers students a range of activities including:

  • Performing opportunities;
  • A stimulating school environment with a like-minded peer group;
  • Tuition from the highly experienced staff at the ANU Open School;
  • Chamber music opportunities;
  • Performance preparation classes;
  • Masterclasses with ANU staff and visiting artists, and;
  • Interaction with ANU School of Music staff and tertiary students.

Developing Musicians Program

Through the Developing Musicians Program, a range of pathways for young music students taking instrumental, vocal, or theory lessons are available to students from the ACT community, as well as engagement opportunities for music lovers of all ages.

» read more about the Developing Musicians Program


Girls Jazz

The Girls Jazz Program offers aspiring young female jazz musicians the oppprtunity to come together for a weekly 2 hour ensemble rehearsal and perform at Open School events.  In addition, participants are eligible to receive a 45 minute private lesson each week with an instrumental tutor. 

» read more about the Girls Jazz Program


Open School of Music for Adults...

Community Rocks

Now in it's third year, the Community Rocks program offers amateur musicians of varying levels the opportunity to learn new skills in a friendly, supportive environment. 
For people over 18 with at least 6 months experience of learning their instrument.

Mailing List

To subscribe to our adult program mailing list send an email to



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The Open School of Music thanks it's principal funding partner artsACT.


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Updated:  12 August 2020/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications