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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.


Gamelan is a generic Indonesian word for ‘music ensemble/orchestra.’ Lead by Peter Dunbar-Hall, this workshop provides students with authentic experience of Balinese music on the instruments of the Conservatorium’s Balinese Gamelan. The workshop will present practical instruction and information on the instrument and culture.


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.


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. This workshop will use different kinds of creative activities to engage students in the process of writing lyrics to their own songs, and to collaborate with others. Writing lyrics is a great way for students to listen deeply to the music they enjoy, and can 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 to fun and engaging ways to approach songwriting as well as many simple aspects of music and will have found a great new way to express themselves in lyrics and words.


Workshops are run on an “as requested” basis subject to tutor and room availabilities. The cost per student for a 90 min workshop is $35. There is a minimum number of 10 students
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