Play at the Con

Play at the Con

Have you ever wished you could play an instrument? Do you know of someone who stopped learning, but wants to start again? Or do you have a child begging you for music lessons?

Play at the Con gives everyone the opportunity to learn music one-on-one at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Music lessons are available across a wide variety of instruments, as well as lessons in voice, theory and composition. Whether you’re just starting your musical journey or looking for a refresher course, all are welcome.

All our teachers are degree-qualified and support is available to them from the Sydney Conservatorium faculty. Lessons may be taken in 30 minute or 1 hour sessions in 8 week blocks each term.

To begin, review the Frequently asked questions below and our list of

Once you have identified a teacher you would like to contact, please complete the and they will contact you within 3 business days for an obligation free discussion.

Term Dates 2019

Term 1 – Weeks commencing: Feb 11, 18, 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr 1
Term 2 – Weeks commencing: May 6, 13, 20, 27, Jun 3, 10, 17, 24
Term 3 – Weeks commencing: Jul 29, Aug 5, 12, 19, 26, Sep 2, 9, 16
Term 4 – Weeks commencing: Oct 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25, 30


$85.00 (incl GST) for 60 minutes or
$45.00 (incl GST) for 30 minutes.

Fees are payable in advance for the term (i.e. 8 weeks). Fees are payable to the Open Academy (not the teacher), through the Open Academy website. You will be sent a link to enrol once the office has been advised by your teacher that you will be commencing lessons. Lessons may only commence once payment has been received.

More information

Please contact the Open Academy office on (02) 9351 1400 or e-mail us at

Frequently asked questions for students

Can I select my own teacher?
Yes, you will find a short biography for each teacher on the Teacher Information pages.

When will lessons be?
Lessons are at a mutually agreed time between the student and the teacher, limited to:

Monday to Friday 4pm to 8pm, and
Saturday 9am to 5pm.

Are group lessons available?
No, all lessons are one to one. If you are interested in group classes, see our Short Courses for people aged 16 years and over. Non-instrument-specific children’s courses are also available through the Kids at the Con program.

Will you provide instruments?
Other than pianos for the lesson, no. Students will be required to acquire their own instruments to bring to lessons and for home practice.

Will the teacher come to my home?
No, all lessons must take place at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

How do I get to the Conservatorium?
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is located on Macquarie Street (at the top of Bridge Street), Sydney. It is a short walk from Circular Quay where bus, train and ferry transport is available. There is no parking on site. For transport options please click here.

Will I be required to sit an audition?
No, all students are welcome regardless of previous experience.

Will I be required to sit an exam at the end of the term?
No, however you may like to discuss with your teacher the possibility of completing external exams such as AMEB, Trinity College London or ABRSM.

What happens if I can’t attend a lesson?
You are required to give your teacher 24 hours' notice of lesson cancellation. Where this notice is given, a new time will be arranged with the teacher. If less than 24 hours' notice is given, the lesson will be forfeited. Find the full Terms & Conditions here.

Can I cancel my enrolment?
Once a term has started your enrolment may only be cancelled for medical reasons where a Medical Certificate is provided. Where the request is approved, a credit will be issued and held for 12 months from the date the request is approved. Please see the Terms and Conditions for full details.