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

 


 

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) have currently closed for Semester 1, 2021.

Applications may be considered for Semester 2. To register your interest, please contact openschoolofmusic @anu.edu.au

Applications for all other programs will reopen in early 2021, so please subscribe to our mailing list or keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

 

 

 

4. How to apply

Applications for Girls Jazz, or the Developing Musicians Program (Jazz ensemble, Chamber ensemble, or Music Theory and Aural Skills) have currently closed.

To register your interest in joining one of these programs in future, please email openschoolofmusic@anu.edu.au.

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.

 

 

 

6. Preparing for streaming interviews

Girls Jazz

TBC

 

Developing Musicans Program (Jazz Ensemble)

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.

 

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.  

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