Developing Musicians Program Information

The Open School will resume face to face classes in Term 3, starting on 27th July 2020.

 

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

Student declaration

 

Applications are now open for our 2021 programs!  Please complete an online application form here.  Information on how to prepare for an interview is found below.  We have extended our closing date for applications until the 22 November 2020, after which time applications will need to be made by special arrangement by contacting openschoolofmusic@anu.edu.au.

The Developing Musicians Program is available to young people in the ACT.  We generally require a minimum age of 12 years old, but exceptions may be made in special circumstances.

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 and Classical Ensemble classes, and Theory and Aural Classes run for an hour each week.

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. 

 

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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Updated:  22 September 2020/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications