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School Workshops

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.


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.

ITALIAN FOLK SONGS – Singing workshop

Students will learn to sing some regional Italian folk songs.


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.


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
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