Short courses


Short Courses

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 catering for beginners right through to experienced musicians.

Courses cover:
Music Foundations
Music Technology

Browse our wide range of courses from the menu on the left.

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.

A 15% discount on fees for Short Courses is available for: pensioners, Health Care Card holders, University of Sydney students and staff and Friends of The Con. 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.


  • Summer: Mon 7 Feb to Thu 30 March (8 weeks)
  • Autumn: Mon 1 May to Thu 22 Jun (8 weeks) NB. Monday classes will conclude on Monday 26 June due to public holiday
  • Winter: Mon 17 Jul to Thur 7 Sep (8 weeks)
  • Spring: Mon 9 Oct to Thur 16 Nov (6 weeks + jazz concert in Week 7)

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