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Impro Basics Level 2

For instrumentalists who have completed Impro Basics Level 1, or who have some improvisation experience, this course provides an opportunity to continue developing elementary skills in ensemble playing, improvisation and standard jazz repertoire. Classes establish practical ensemble skills by: Putting improvisation ideas into practice Learning melodies and chord progressions without music, developing memory Creating ensemble arrangements On completion of the course, a student’s... [More]
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There are 3 places available

For adults (minimum age 16)
Entry Level: completion of level 1 is advisable or equivalent experience.

PLACES ARE LIMITED TO:
2 pianos * * (NO PLACE REMAINING)
2 guitars * * (NO PLACES REMAINING)
1 bass *
1 drum kit *
and any number of horns or other instruments.

Please let us know your instrument by filling in the Additional Enrolment Information page when you are completing your enrolment.

We will update the availability of places as enrolments are received.

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Jazz Piano Basics Level 1

Jazz Piano Basics Level 1 is a course which introduces piano players to the elements of jazz piano style. Playing through simplified arrangements of jazz standards such as: ‘In a mellow tone’, ‘Fly me to the moon’, ‘The preacher’ and the blues classic ‘Blues Almighty’ you will explore different ways to approach: Chords and bass melody and chords improvised melody and chords You will work steadily with the materials throughout the term to adopt a familiarity with the make-up and... [More]

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Vocal Fundamentals

In this unique course, students will have the opportunity to work with two specialist tutors, developing fundamental skills in both vocal technique and music literacy in a fun and supportive environment. This will allow students to sing and perform with greater musical understanding. Whilst the class is held in a group context, each class will consist of tutorials in smaller groups with each tutor, before the entire group comes together at the end of class for ensemble singing.... [More]
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There are 5 places available
For adults (minimum age 16)
Entry Level: This course is suitable for absolute beginners, but would also suit singers with some experience who want a vocal technique refresher as well as the opportunity to develop their reading skills.

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Vocal Horizons Level 1

For students with some singing experience, this course provides the knowledge and skills required to sing and perform with a well-produced voice. Students will also further their knowledge of music theory. Students will learn to: Understand and apply the fundamentals of vocal technique through: Vocal warm-up exercises Learning about the diaphragm to support singing Learning about the physiology of the voice Postural and vocal care awareness Articulation and vocal placement pointers... [More]
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For adults (minimum age 16)
Entry Level: Prior enrolment in Vocal Fundamentals or equivalent experience.

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Jazz Flute

This eight-week course is an introduction to musical concepts and instrumental techniques used for performing jazz and jazz-related styles. Course material is designed around repertoire styles such as Bebop, Latin-American and Rock and is intended to cater for classical flautists as well as those who have prior experience with modern music genres. Prerequisites for this course are a level of instrumental skill and musicianship from AMEB Grade 4 upward, your own instrument and an... [More]
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There is one place available
For adults (minimum age 16)

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Piano for Beginners Level 1

Never played piano before? Keen to learn? Taught in the keyboard lab on weighted digital keyboards, Piano for Beginners Level 1 is a group class designed for the absolute beginner. By the end of the course you will be able to find your way around the keyboard, play simple tunes and accompaniments and understand the basics of good piano technique. Over 8 weeks, students will be taken through an intensive course of note reading, finger training and exploration of basic piano... [More]
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There are 2 places available

There will be a no classes on 17 and 24 May due to tutor availability. In lieu of these dates the schedule of classes will be as described below.

Wed 3 May: 6-8 pm
Wed 10 May: 6-8pm
Wed 17 May: NO CLASS
Wed 24 May: NO CLASS
Wed 31 May: 6-8pm
Wed 7 June: 6-8.30pm
Wed 14 June: 6-8.30pm
Wed 21 June: 6-8.30pm
Wed 28 June: 6-8.30pm

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The Contemporary Singer

This exciting and vibrant program offers a series of interactive classes covering key areas of singing and performance in the contemporary music genre. The course will focus on a variety of contemporary music styles including blues, soul, pop, funk, jazz and folk. Students will learn exercises and techniques to improve their singing and performance practices. Entry level: Some basic singing experience is recommended but not essential. Suitable for singers up to intermediate level.... [More]
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There are 4 places available
For adults (minimum age 16)

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Blues Guitar Level 1

Blues Guitar will look into the Blues Form and discuss the cadence, primary chords, associated scales, tensions and stress points of the harmony and melody. This course will look at variations to the basic progression and discuss the various sub genres such as Delta, Chicago, Texas Blues and more. The course will also present and analyse transcribed solos and look into the sounds and effects created by a few notable Blues guitarist players. In addition, a presentation of more... [More]
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There is one place available
For adults (minimum age 16)
Students will need to bring their own guitar and lead if applicable. Both acoustic and electric welcome.

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Drum Clinic with Joe Farnsworth

In this workshop, Joe will take you through:   • The History of Be Bop • Rudiments • Time • Jazz Language There will be an opportunity for a few of you to hop on the stage and get some instruction with Joe so bring your sticks and brushes just in case you are keen to participate. New York jazz musician Joe Farnsworth is regarded as one of the leading jazz drummers in the world today, but as far as he is concerned, he is just getting started. He is dedicated to the great tradition... [More]
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Rising Stars Audition - Piano

This class is for students wishing to audition for the Conservatorium Open Academy Rising Stars Program. Students who have been playing their instrument for at least two years are welcome to apply. Applications for entry in Semester 2, 2017 are now open. Students are required to present two contrasting pieces of their choice, not longer than 10 minutes together, showing a range of technical and musical skill. One study and one piece are recommended. No scales, sight-reading or... [More]
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Date has been changed. This session is for Rising Stars piano auditions only.

Your audition will fall between 5pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday 23rd May 2017. An individual audition timeslot will be allocated to you. You will be notified of your timeslot by COB on Thursday 18th May. Applications close on Wednesday 17th May. If there is a specific time that you will not be available, please inform us immediately to aid with scheduling.

In addition to the instrumental audition, all successful applicants will be required to sit a Music Skills test. Attendance at this test is compulsory for all successful applicants. The compulsory Music Skills test will take place on Saturday 3rd June, 3pm-5pm at the Conservatorium. Please pencil this date into your diaries to ensure you are available if you pass the audition.