Adults

The Conservatorium Open Academy’s flagship community education program provides adults and life-long learners with entertaining, challenging and inspiring ways into the world of music and the Sydney Conservatorium’s vibrant culture.


The program offers many short courses designed to give adults the skills and knowledge to pursue their musical interests, curiosity or to find a creative outlet for their talents in a collaborative group learning environment. Courses include music theory, composition, improvisation, instrumental and vocal performance.

There are four terms during the year. The first three terms run for 8 weeks each, usually 2 hours per week. The Spring term is 6 weeks long, concentrating on performance skills for workshop concerts in late November. Courses cater for beginners right through to experienced musicians.

All courses are held in the state-of-the-art facilities of the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Macquarie St. Students enjoy unique bonuses when joining one of the Academy’s courses:

  • membership of the Conservatorium’s extensive music library for the term.
  • many free or discounted tickets to Conservatorium concerts.

2014 Term Dates

Summer: Monday 3 February to Friday 28 March (8 weeks)
Autumn: Monday 28 April to Friday 20 June (8 weeks)
Winter: Monday 21 July to Friday 12 September (8 weeks)
Spring: Monday 13 October – Friday 21 November (6 weeks)

Please note: classes falling on a public holiday will be replaced by a class at the end of term