Short courses


Short Courses Spring Term available now.

During the COVID-19 pandemic classes will be delivered online or face to face, but either way, in real time. You, your fellow learners and your tutor will always be ‘present’ no recorded content so you can always ask questions and get the feedback you need.

As restrictions are eased some classes are scheduled to return to face to face learning, this will be subject to Public Health Guidelines and University of Sydney Policies. Each class available for enrolment will be clearly marked as either online or face to face delivery. The conservatorium has taken risk mitigation measures for face to face classes but you will need to make personal choices about your health risks. Please take note of which form of delivery you are booking and consider if this is appropriate for your circumstances.

The Conservatorium Open Academy’s flagship community education program will provide 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 catering for beginners right through to experienced musicians. Click on the topic area you are interested in to search available classes.

Find the Music in You!





Music Technology


Music Foundations

Custom Courses

From time to time choirs or other music groups in the community approach us for a private course. If you have a group for whom you would like us to run a private course, please get in touch at our contact page. We’d love to arrange it for you.

Just include contact details, a bit about your group and which of our classes you are interested in and we will try and arrange a class just for you.


Face to face 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.(for 2020 this benefit suspended as the library has restricted access due to COVID-19)many free or discounted tickets to Conservatorium concerts.(for 2020 this is suspended as there will be no public concerts due to COVID-19)

A 15% discount on fees for Short Courses is available for: pensioners, Health Care Card holders, full time students and Sydney University staff. This discount may not be combined with any other discounts.

A 12% Early Bird discount applies for enrolment up to 3 weeks before the start of each term. This discount may not be combined with any other discounts.

2020 Term Dates

Summer – 10 Feb - 4 Apr
Autumn – 4 May – 29 Jun*
Winter – 27 Jul – 19 Sept
Spring – 12 Oct – 6 Dec

*no classes Monday 8 June Queen’s Birthday Holiday