Frequently Asked Questions

1. What programs does the Open School run for young people?

2. What programs does the Open School run for adults?

3.  When do applications open?

4.  How to apply

5. Fees

6. Preparing for Streaming Interviews

7. When do your regular programs run?

8. Term Dates

9. Events Calendar

 


 

1. What programs does the Open School run for young people?

 

Our programs are open to residents of the ACT.

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.  

Ages 12 - 21.

» read more about the Girls Jazz Program

 

Developing Musicians Program

The Developing Musicians Program offers young music students the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a small Jazz or Chamber ensemble of their peers, to join the wonderful Vocal Fry choir, or to undertake further studies in music theory and aural skills.

Ages 12 - 21.

» read more about the Developing Musicians Program

 

Contemporary Music Mondays

Led by musician and songwriter Sophie Edwards, this course provides the perfect opportunity to brush up on the skills required to be a gigging musician.

Ages 12 - 25.

 

2. What programs does the Open School run for adults?

 

Our programs are open to residents of the ACT.

Community Rock School

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.

 

New Orleans Rehearsal Hall

New Orleans Rehearsal Hall is a year long program for adult students with a minimum of AMEB level 5 or equivalent, to learn techniques for improvisation through the lens of early New Orleans jazz music. Traditional jazz instruments welcome, and non-traditional instruments will be considered on a case by case basis.

 

Song to Studio

This Songwriting and Production intensive will challenge participants to write and record an original song in just five weeks. This course is ideal for singer songwriters that have written original songs in the past, can accompany themselves on a chordal instrument and have limited experience recording in the studio. 

 

 

 3. When do applications open?

Applications for Girls Jazz, Contemporary Music Mondays, or the Developing Musicians Program (Jazz ensemble, Chamber ensemble, or Music Theory and Aural Skills) are now open for Semester 1, 2022.

For other programs registrations open at various times through the year. To keep up to date, please subscribe to our mailing list or keep an eye on our Facebook page.

Our programs are open to residents of the ACT.

 

4. How to apply

To apply to join the Girls Jazz, or the Developing Musicians Program (Jazz ensemble, Chamber ensemble, or Music Theory and Aural Skills), please fill out the following form: Open School Application Form

To apply for Community Rocks, New Orleans Rehearsal Hall, or Song to Studio, please visit the program page and follow the link to the program you are interested in, where you will find application details.

 

 

5. Fees

For information on fee structure or requesting refunds, please visit our fee page.

The Open School of Music will always consider waiving fees in the case of genuine financial difficulty.  Contact openschoolofmusic@anu.edu.au for more information.

 

6. Preparing for streaming interviews

Please note: 2022 applicants will be invited to submit a streaming interview video by Monday 6 December.

Information about how to prepare your video will be sent to applicants once applications close on Monday 29 November.

Interviews will still follow the general outline below, but may be simplified in some instances.

 

Girls Jazz

Students should prepare 1-2 pieces of their choice that demonstrates their musical skill and level. This can be any style of music and doesn't have to be in jazz style.

No prior knowledge of jazz is required for the program.

There will also be some questions during the interview about each student's learning and musical experience.

Streaming interviews will be conducted via Zoom on Thursday 2 December 

 

Developing Musicians Program (Jazz Ensemble)

2022 applicants will be invited to submit a streaming submission video by Friday 10 December.

Information about how to prepare your video will be sent to applicants once applications close on Monday 29 November.

Applicants who are unsuccessful will be placed on a waiting list and will also be given the opportunity to re-interview the following year.  

 

Developing Musicians Program (Chamber Ensemble)

Students will be asked to prepare video and upload an unlisted YouTube link which should include the following:
Student to introduce themselves with their name and age, scale they have chosen, piece they will play

  • 1 scale of student's choice
  • Strings: 3 different bowings-  1.hook stroke, 2, spiccato, 3. 4 notes slurred
  • Woodwind and Brass: played with 2 different articulations (e.g tongued, slurred, 2 slurred 2 tongued, slurred in pairs)
  • Piano: scale and contrary motion
  • Guitar: 2 different articulations chosen by student
  • 1 piece that demonstrates student's ability (without accompaniment)
  • Quick learn piece (This will be available on Monday 29 November)

 

Applicants will be sent informationon how to prepare your video once applications close on Monday 29 November.

YouTube links to be submitted by COB Monday 6 December

 

    Developing Musicians Program (Vocal Fry)

    All vocal applicants will be invited to do their streaming interviews in late January, face-to-face with Toby Cole.

    In this interview the student will:

    • Sing 'Waltzing Matilda' (Please email  openschoolofmusic@anu.edu.au 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

     

    Developing Musicians Program (Music Theory and Aural skills)

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


     

    7. When do Open School Programs run?

    Monday

    Contemporary Music Mondays

     

    15 February - 21 June 

     

    5:45 - 7:45 PM

    Big Band Room

    Tuesday

    New Orleans Rehearsal Hall

     

    Developing Musicians Program Jazz Ensemble

     

    Developing Musicians Program Jazz Ensembles

    15 February - 26 March

     

     

    15 February - 26 March

     

     

    15 February - 26 March

    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

     

     

    4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

     

     

    4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

    Big Band Room

     

     

    Foster Room

     

     

    Foster Room

    Wednesday

    Developing Musicians Program Jazz Ensembles

    15 February - 26 March

    5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

    PK 1.31

    Thursday

    Music Theory and Aural Skills

     

    Girls Jazz

    15 February - 26 March

     

    15 February - 26 March

    4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

     

    4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

    LT1, LT2 & LT3

     

    PK 1.31 and other rooms as available

    Friday

    Developing Musicians Program Chamber Ensembles

    15 February - 26 March

    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Various rooms

    Saturday

    Adult Music Theory and Aural Skills

     

    Song to Studio

     

    Community Rock School 

    6 x Saturdays, 1 May - 5 June

     

    5 x Saturdays, 17 July - 14 August

     

    10 x Saturdays, 9 October - 11 December

    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

     

    9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

     

    1:30 PM to 5:30 PM

    LT1 and LT2

     

    Recording Studio

     

    Big Band Room

     

     

    8. Term Dates

     

    2022 Term Dates

    Term 1: Monday 14 February - Friday 1 April (7 weeks)

    Term 2: Monday 2 May - Friday 17 June (7 weeks)

    Recital Week

    Chamber Concerts:  Friday 17 June and Saturday 18 June 

    Jazz Concert:  Tuesday 21 June

     

    Term 3: Monday 18 July  - Friday 16 September (9 weeks)

    Term 4:  Monday 10 October - Friday 11 November (5 weeks)

    Recital Week

    Chamber Concerts:  Friday 11 November and Saturday 12 November

    Jazz Concert: Tuesday 15 November

     

    9. Events Calendar

    For a full list of Open School dates and events, please visit the Open School Events Calendar | ANU School of Music

     

     

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