Kids at the Con - FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer trial classes?

We do not offer trial classes for Kids at the Con programs. However, many families have found our holiday workshops are a great way to sample our classes before enrolling in a term. Please join our mailing list to be notified of Holiday workshop dates.

Can I join a waiting list?

Due to the popularity of the program, we do not offer waiting lists. All enrolment occurs on a first-come, first-served basis via our website on specific enrolment date. Please join our mailing list to be the first to be notified when classes are on sale.

If my child’s age spans two class options which should I choose?

Generally the most appropriate class for a new student will be based on the child’s age, their ability to concentrate, and their previous musical experience. A child with no previous musical experience should join the class where their age is at the lower end of the range listed for that class. If a child has some musical experience and a good level of concentration for their age, then we recommend they start with the higher level.

How do I know when my child should move up a level?

Students enrol for 7 weeks (a term) of teaching. Each level is completed in approximately 28 weeks but is dependent on the child’s progress. The class teachers will make recommendations at the end of every term as to whether a child should stay in that class or move to a new class. This recommendation is based on the students' progress in the class.

Do I need to attend the class with my child?

Parents/guardians of students in the Red class are encouraged to remain in the classroom with their child. For all other classes, parents/guardians may not remain in the classroom unless express permission is given by the class teacher. Permission will only be given in extenuating circumstances.

In general, children under 12 years of age are to be accompanied by a parent/guardian who must remain on-site at the Conservatorium whilst the child is on the premises.

Are there any discounts available?

A 15% discount is available for children of Sydney University students and staff. This discount may not be combined with any other discounts. Please call the Open Academy office on 9351 1400 to register your student/staff details before enrolling online. For Sydney University students, proof of concession status will be required.

We do not offer discounts for siblings booking together.

Can I take photos or videos of my child?

Photography, video and or audio recording of any Open Academy class or performance is prohibited.

What if I cannot attend a class?

Please notify the Open Academy in advance of absences, by e-mailing We are not able to make up lessons missed by students. If the teacher is unable to hold a lesson, it will be rescheduled to another date. For details of our cancellation policy, please see our Terms & Conditions.