How to apply to the Developing Musicians Program

Applications for our 2021 program have now opened.  We have extended the closing date for applications until COB Sunday 22 November.  

Please complete our online application form here:

Please note that if you are already enrolled in the Developing Musicians Program you do not have to reapply to continue in the same stream (eg. classical, jazz, theory & aural).  Streaming interviews will take place in December 2020.

Students in the 2021 Developing Musicians Program intake have the opportunity to apply for the following components:

  1. Theory/Aural Skills: A streamed program catering for students at various levels (placement is based on a short entry exam). In groups of 10-15, students receive 30 min of music theory and 30min of aural skills tuition from ANU tertiary students.
  2. Chamber Music, and Choir (Vocal Fry): Each semester our excellent ensemble tutors work with different ensembles.  Students may request a particular ensemble, and all efforts will be made to accommodate them, however ensemble availability is subject to enrolment. All students should be taking individual lessons on their instrument.  Ensembles have multiple opportunities for performances each semester, both at ANU and throughout the ACT (including regular performances at embassies).
  3. Jazz Ensemble:  The Developing Musicians Program Jazz program is an ensemble for the aspiring jazz musician.  These ensembles cater for rhythm section players, vocalists, and wind players. These ensembles provide students with the opportunity to learn how to play in group setting with an emphasis on learning ensemble skills, repertoire and improvisation.  

Eligibility criteria: ACT residents between the age of 12 and 21, already proficient in an instrument.

All students who apply before the deadline are welcome to participate in 2021 classes, but it is necessary to stream students into appropriate classes and ensembles to make their experience in the Open School as productive as possible. Since our programs are available to all year 7-12 students in the ACT, our students have a wide range of theory/aural skills knowledge, technical ability on their instrument, and ensemble experience. With this level of uncertainty, it is necessary to stream students into classes and ensembles with other students with similar previous experiences.

Please note that acceptance to the Theory/Aural Skills program and Chamber Music ensembles is subject to availability in an appropriate class and ensemble. Acceptance in one program does not guarantee acceptance in the other.

Students will be contacted in writing after the close of applications with interview requirements and their specific time, date and venue.

Developing Musicians Program: Streaming Interview

Theory/Aural Skills

Students will sit a short written and aural test to assess their present knowledge.  

Classical Chamber Music

  • Perform 1 piece (unaccompanied) which demonstrates instrumental ability
  • Prepare 1 scale of your choice.
  • Short sightreading example.

Chamber Choir (Vocal Fry)

Please note that it is not a requirement that students wishing to apply for Choir be tutored in private singing lessons.  

  • Sing 'Waltzing Matilda' (Please email for a copy of the audition score)
  • Sing a simple selection of scales chosen by the audition panel
  • Respond to listening tests and a short selection of theory questions

Jazz Combo

Interview Requirements:
All instruments/voice, except drummers:
  • Melody of a jazz standard or blues.  Improvisation is not required but is encouraged.
  • One-octave major and minor scales up to two flats and two sharps.
  • A Bb blues scale.
  • Short sight reading excerpt.
  • Brief theory and aural skills test.
Jazz drummers:
  • 12 bars of time with a swing feel.
  • 8 bars of time of a different feel (e.g., bossa nova, samba, mambo, son, cha-cha-cha, songo, etc.).
  • Short sightreading excerpt.
  • Brief theory and aural skills test.


Streaming interviews for our 2021 program will be held in the December 2020. 
Applicants will be notified by email shortly after the deadline with interview venue, date and time.
For all enquiries regarding 2021 intake please email

Updated:  8 December 2020/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications