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.
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 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.
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.
Applications for our term-based programs including Girls Jazz and the Developing Musicians Program (Jazz & Chamber ensembles) are now closed for Semester 2, 2023. If you would like to join our waiting list, or register your interest for Semester 1 2024, you can do so by filling out this application form.
For information on fee structure or requesting refunds, please visit our fee page.
Thanks to generous artsACT grant funding from the ACT Government, Open School program fees are maintained at a very low rate. Fees go toward instrument maintenance, masterclasses from visiting artists, performance opportunities, and music resources for the Open School. We will always waive fees in the case of genuine financial difficulty. Contact Outreach Coordinator email@example.com for more information.
Applicants to our term-based programs are required to attend a short streaming interview to ensure placement in an appropriate group. Applicants will be contacted with details of the time and place of their individual streaming interview. The bulk of these interviews for applicants applying for our Semester 1 courses usually occur in November or December the year prior.
Details about what to expect and how to prepare for your streaming interview can be found below.
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.
Developing Musicians Program (Jazz Ensemble)
For the streaming interview, each student should prepare:
Technical work (scales, arpeggios etc). Technical work is not specified; however, students should prepare what they know. Interview questions will be asked based on this knowledge;
One piece of music of the applicant’s choice;
Applicants can select two out of five set pieces to perform. This music will be available and will be sent via email around the 18th of November;
The interview panel will also discuss musical knowledge and experience with each applicant to assess the student’s skills and knowledge and best fit in the course.
Developing Musicians Program (Chamber Ensemble)
Perform 1 piece (unaccompanied) which demonstrates instrumental ability
Prepare 1 scale of your choice.
Short sightreading example.
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.