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School Workshops

FOR THE REMAINDER OF SEMESTER 1 OR THE DURATION OF THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS THE CONSERVATORIUM WILL NOT BE OFFERING SCHOOL TOURS.

Conservatorium Open Academy can provide your school with a fun, engaging music workshop here at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Our workshops are designed for High School students but some can be adapted for primary students. We’re keen to be flexible so take a look at the standard options below then complete the form with a brief description of your dream workshop for your students and we’ll see what we can do.

GAMELAN WORKSHOPS

Led by local experts in the music of the Balinese gamelan on the Conservatorium’s collection of gamelan instruments, this 90 minute workshop is suitable for secondary school students or community groups.
In the workshop participants will learn to play a piece of Balinese music, and will learn about the instruments of a Balinese gamelan, their tuning and roles within a piece of music.

Please note most participants will be required to sit on the floor.
Minimum 10 – maximum 18 students. It is possible to run two workshops consecutively to include large groups

MUSIC FROM JAPAN – Shakuhachi Bamboo Flute Demonstration/Workshop

Shakuhachi Master Bronwyn Kirkpatrick will present this workshop and demonstra-tion introducing the shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese bamboo flute. The demon-stration will include the history of the shakuhachi and performances of different styles of music, from Zen Buddhist to contemporary. There will also be plenty of opportunity to try it out for yourselves! In the workshop we will work on making sound, and we will learn to read basic Japanese notation and to play some simple Japanese folk songs.

WORLD MUSIC WORKSHOPS

These workshops will investigate traditional music of the Balkans (eg. Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia). We can offer either a vocal workshop or instrumental (students can bring their own guitars, brass, woodwind and we can supply percussion and keyboards). Students will learn to sing/play songs from this region.

LYRIC WRITING

Do your students make up their own songs? Would they like to? Writing song lyrics is a way for all students to be able to participate in making songs, whether they are skilled at playing a musical instrument or not, and this workshop will use different kinds of creative activities to engage them in the process of writing lyrics to their own songs, or to collaborate with others. Writing lyrics can also be a great way for students to listen deeply to the music they enjoy, and can also be a useful emotional outlet to articulate their experiences as young people. Combining their own vocabulary, voice and views of the world, and opening up their minds to the creative possibility of words in general, students can discover ways to access emotions and ideas they might not have otherwise found. At the end of this class, students will have learned about some really fun and simple aspects of music and will also have perhaps found a great new way to express themselves in lyrics and words.

INTERESTED?

Workshops are run on an “as requested” basis subject to tutor and room availabilities. The cost per student for a 90 min workshop is $22 (this includes GST). There is a minimum number of 10 students
To request more info or apply for a workshop and/tour please click here.