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?

 

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?

 

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, 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.

 

 

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

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.

 

Developing Musicans 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 three weeks before the interview date;  

  • Sightreading. 

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.  

Applicants selected from the interview process will then attend two open rehearsals in November. Students will rotate across groups, providing an opportunity for tutors to observe students in practice.   

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 Musicans Program (Chamber Ensemble)

Interview requirements:

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

 

Developing Musicans Program (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  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 Musicans 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

Term 1: Monday 15 February - Friday 26 March

Term 2: Monday 19 April - Friday 11 June

 

Recital Week

Chamber Concerts - 4 + 11 June

Jazz Concert - 15 June

 

Term 3: 19 July -  17 September

Term 4:  11 October - 12 November

 

Recital Week

Chamber Concerts - 12 + 13 November

Jazz Concert - 16 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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