Community engagement

Working together with key industry partners, the Open Music Academy will establish a more equitable distribution of music education across the state.

regional-tours

The State Government supported program will provide bursaries & travel support for regional and remote students to travel to Adelaide for Open Music Academy events based at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. The program is intended to enable students, their teachers and family members to attend Open Music Academy events including 1:1 lessons, workshops & masterclasses and public performances. Students of all levels are welcome to apply and advanced students will also be eligible for our Local Stars program.

Regional students will be offered opportunities to access the rich resources of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, with stimulating music education experiences tailored to suit students at a wide range of levels.

A key focus is to strengthen and develop music making in regional areas, providing greater choice and convenience in music education for aspiring musicians.

For those new to music, the State Government funding will also support opportunities to hire and borrow instruments from the Conservatorium’s collection and support families with the general upkeep and maintenance of their instruments.

Regionally based students will be offered tuition, masterclasses, and opportunities to join their city counterparts for workshops and performances throughout the year. These opportunities will enable regional students to develop their musical skills to a new level, as well as access the proven benefits of music education in terms of their personal development and wellbeing.Research has proven that music education is key to building communication skills, concentration, collaboration and self confidence, and each of these qualities will be developed through Open Music Academy activities.

The Open Music Academy is also motivated by the ability of music education to build stronger communities, as demonstrated by the world-renowned El Sistema social music program.

Scholarships, instruments and travel bursaries will be provided on a discretionary basis to Open Music Academy participants to enable students to maximise their musical potential regardless of financial or geographic circumstances.

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  • Outreach

    'Barossa Campus', Nuriootpa

    The Open Music Academy is partnering with the ‘Barossa Campus’, which launched on July 11 as one of sixteen new government funded Regional Study Hubs.  The nationwide network of Regional Study Hubs links regional students with the resources of their local tertiary institutions and aims to increase equity of education access to students in remote and rural communities. The Open Music Academy is working with Regional Development Australia and Country Arts SA to provide impactful, high quality music education opportunities to the Barossa community through the new Barossa Campus. The program of study includes creative music workshops, masterclasses, open rehearsals, informal performances and ensemble coaching, with the sessions delivered by some of South Australia’s leading performers and music educators.  We hope to develop this program further through 2020 and beyond with the provision of regular specialised tuition in strings and other areas, supporting local music students and teachers.

    Playford 10

    The Elder Conservatorium's Open Music Academy is partnering with the City of Playford in the innovative ‘Playford 10’ project. The Playford 10 Project was designed from the research report Playford Youth – A New Story, which highlighted the need for young people in the north of Adelaide to be offered opportunities to develop their life skill capability.to forge strong connections with the community. The Open Music Academy supports the delivery of music education, music performance and music exposure for the region.The first phase of the partnership is to trial the delivery of music education experiences within the Playford 10 project site, Elizabeth Grove Primary School, with the aim to expand to other schools in the region. The partnership will work together to draw on existing resources where possible. The pilot program is currently being finalised and will include immersive experiences such as creative music workshops, string workshops and regular small group music tuition. Through these experiences students are introduced to a range of instruments, explore fundamental musical elements of pitch and rhythm and are encouraged to think of themselves as creative and expressive musicians. The Open Music Academy is proud to support the ground breaking Playford 10 project with staff and instruments and looks forward to developing the program further.

    Instruments of change

    Commencing in October 2019, The Elder Conservatorium of Music's Open Music Academy partnered with the local music education organisation ‘Instruments of Change’ to deliver high quality music tuition to schools currently lacking in music education opportunities. The pilot program will begin at Prospect Primary in October 2019, with students provided with wind and brass instruments, small group tuition and ensemble coaching, as well as linking students with the activities of the Open Music Academy at our North Terrace Campus.

    Children's University Adelaide

    The Open Music Academy works with Children’s University Adelaide as a learning destination to provide music education experiences to students, supporting the Children’s University in their central goal to encourage children to explore ‘free range’ learning through a variety of stimulating experiences. The Open Music Academy offers regular Creative Music Workshops to Children’s University students in which they create a new piece of music collaboratively together in under an hour in a fun, energising musical jam session. Students are also offered opportunities to be part of the Open Music Academy’s events and workshops, including open rehearsals and short performances.

Regional activities

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  • Regional

    The Open Music Academy is proud to announce its Regional program. The State Government supported program will provide bursaries & travel support for regional and remote students to travel to Adelaide for Open Music Academy events based at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. The program is intended to enable students, their teachers and family members to attend Open Music Academy events including 1:1 lessons, workshops & masterclasses and public performances. Students of all levels are welcome to apply and advanced students will also be eligible for our Local Stars program.

    The Open Music Academy aims to enable regional students’ opportunities to access the world-class tuition and performance resources of the Elder Conservatorium of Music by providing stimulating music education experiences tailored to suit beginner to advanced students. A key focus is to strengthen and develop music making in regional areas, providing greater choice and convenience in music education.

    For those new to music, the State Government funding will also support opportunities to hire and borrow instruments from the Conservatorium’s collection and support families with the general upkeep and maintenance of their instruments.

    If you are interested in being a part of the Program or for further information, please contact the Open Music Academy.

  • Regional tours

    Commencing in 2019, the Elder Conservatorium’s Open Music Academy launched its regional touring program through which students will be offered stimulating music experiences tailored to suit beginner through to advanced students. The Open Music Academy will provide workshops, masterclasses and professional development opportunities to regional students and staff.

    • 2019 Loxton Program
      Thursday July 25 Julian Ferraretto: Year 10 Music Class

      Join Jazz violinist Julian Ferraretto and explore the world of improvisation. In this fun workshop, discover how to create a whole new musical piece using your ideas. No musical experience necessary.

      Friday July 26 George Torbay: Music Theatre workshop with Musical Casts
      Saturday July 27 Lucinda Collins: Piano Workshop
      Lucinda Collins: Teacher Mentoring Session
      George Torbay: The Singing Actor
      George Torbay: Teacher Mentoring Session
      For our very first Regional tour, the Elder Conservatorium of Music's Open Music Academy was resident in Loxton, in the heart of the beautiful Riverlands region. The staff for this tour were Lucinda Collins (Head of Keyboard, Elder Conservatorium of Music), George Torbay (Head of Music Theatre, Elder Conservatorium of Music), Dr Emily Dollman (Associate Director Music Education and Artistic Director, Open Music Academy) and Julian Ferraretto (Jazz musician and Creative Music Workshop Leader). Together we delivered a diverse program of events across three days, working with 196 students and delivering Professional Development to 28 staff members. The students covered a wide range of ages and backgrounds, from local state primary and high school students, private school students, students enrolled in ‘Music Alive’, and students of the Riverlands Special School.

      Creative Music Workshops - these sessions saw students creating their own original pieces of music on the theme of the River Murray and its place in their lives. The students’ commitment to their musical output and their obvious pride and deep connection with their home country led to the creation of some beautiful musical compositions.

      Music Theatre - George Torbay worked with Loxton High School music students, drama students, choir members and musical cast in a stimulating and motivating workshop session on Friday July 26. This workshop consisted of information about pathways in Music Theatre and training; general information about singing; and warm-ups for singing.  George also conducted a masterclass with students performing and then being given coaching on their approach. The session with George was a valuable opportunity for the students and staff at Loxton High School to benefit from his experience and expertise in the field of Music Theatre, as they were in the rehearsal period for their annual school musical (Little Shop of Horrors). Three of the students who took part in the session with George subsequently successfully applied for a scholarship through the Open Music Academy’s new Regional Scholarship Program.

      Masterclasses - Lucinda Collins and George Torbay delivered masterclasses with local piano and voice students from the Riverlands Region at St Peter’s Lutheran Church at Loxton. This session offered some of the more advanced music students an invaluable opportunity to gain advice and encouragement from the two leading experts in the State in these instruments. This was also a professional development opportunity for local piano and voice teachers, who have given very positive feedback regarding the support and fresh energy that this session brought to their work. These masterclasses were delivered in partnership with the local music education business ‘Music Alive’, which is based in Loxton under the excellent leadership of Karyn Skewes. 

       

    • 2019 Mt Gambier Program - Tenison Woods College
      Saturday September 14 String Workshops: Elizabeth Layton & Elder Conservatorium of Music Chamber Orchestra students
      String Concert: Elizabeth Layton & Elder Conservatorium of Music Chamber Orchestra students
      Piano Workshops: Lucinda Collins
      Creative Music Workshops:
       Julian Ferraretto, Emily Dollman, Elder Conservatorium of Music Chamber Orchestra students
      Sunday September 15 Teacher Professional Development Sessions: Elizabeth Layton, Lucinda Collins
      Creative Music Workshops: Julian Ferraretto, Emily Dollman, Elder Conservatorium of Music Chamber Orchestra students
      Activities
      String session: including multi-level participation and performance
      4 Creative Music Workshops
      2 piano Masterclasses
      2 Professional Development sessions

      Teachers and students from across the South East of the state gathered at Tenison Woods College over the weekend of September 14 and 15 for a busy and stimulating weekend of workshops, open rehearsals, performances, masterclasses and professional development sessions. Participants came from a wide range of schools, both public and private. These included Tenison Woods College, Yahl Primary School, Grant High, McDonald Park Primary School, Sunrise Christian School, St Martins Lutheran College, North Primary School, Reidy Park Primary School, Newbury Park Primary School, Naracoorte Primary School, Mt Gambier High School and Glen Burnie Primary School.

      In total 92 participants engaged in the Open Music Academy activities, which included an interactive String Session, two Piano Masterclasses, four Creative Music Workshops and two Teacher Professional Development Sessions.
  • Regional and remote scholarships

    The Open Music Academy is proud to announce its Regional Scholarship program. The State Government supported program will provide bursaries & travel support for regional and remote students to travel to Adelaide for Open Music Academy events based at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

    The program is intended to enable students, their teachers and family members to attend Open Music Academy events including 1:1 lessons, workshops & masterclasses and public performances. The bursary program also supports professional development opportunities for teachers. Students of all levels are welcome to apply and advanced students will also be eligible for our Local Stars program.

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