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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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The Resonant Body - Alexander Technique for Musicians

Musicians world-wide use the Alexander Technique to reduce playing-related pain, excess tension, nerves and stress and to improve instrumental technique, performance levels and practice effectiveness. This workshop will be an introduction into how practising musicians can begin to apply the Alexander Technique in situ during playing, practising and performing. The goal is to demystify the Alexander Technique using clearly explained principles of practical anatomy and biomechanics.... [More]
The Resonant Body - Alexander Technique for Musicians
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Meter Revolution: rebuilding your concept of meter

Like harmony and modulation, meter is an element of musical form: a dynamic, fluid force that can change many times even in a short composition, and that can be a site of ambiguity or conflict. Over the last forty years, researchers have developed a very different concept of meter than the one taught in music textbooks. These researchers have reframed meter as a mental and bodily response to musical sound: the relationship between all pulses that a listener hears. Following the... [More]
Meter Revolution: rebuilding your concept of meter
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Tertiary Jazz Pre-audition Workshop

Are you planning to audition for a Conservatorium tertiary degree in jazz? Be well informed about the audition requirements and process so you can achieve your best result in this highly competitive field. Craig Scott, Chair of the Conservatorium’s Jazz Studies Unit, leads this three hour workshop, which includes discussion and demonstration of the process and the opportunity to try a mock audition in front of your peers (this is optional). This is an invaluable opportunity to... [More]
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Please email us after you enrol to let us know your instrument and if you want to do a mock audition and we will try to accommodate your request. PLEASE NOTE there are limited spots for mock audition so not everyone will get a chance to get up. Make sure you read the audition requirements on the Conservatorium’s page. Link has been provided below.

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Beginner Shakuhachi Workshop

If you’ve always wanted to try the shakuhachi, now’s your chance! Shakuhachi Master Bronwyn Kirkpatrick will present this workshop and demonstration introducing shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese bamboo flute. The demonstration/workshop is open to anyone 16 years of age and over and no prior musical experience is necessary. It will interest students who feel drawn to Asian music and philosophies and people who want to find out more about the shakuhachi and its tradition. It may... [More]

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Voice Works: enhancing vocal control, communication and care

One in three of the working population are considered professional voice users who need their voices to work effectively. Healthy, efficient and enduring vocal use is based on practical techniques that are common to both good speaking and singing. This practical skills-based workshop aims to provide teachers, professionals and anyone else who would like to use their voice more effectively with the fundamentals of how the voice works, how to use it better and how to look after it.... [More]

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CONverge

The Smith Family is one of Australia’s best known charities. The University of Sydney is proud to be a partner in The Smith Family’s emotional literacy programs. Since 2005 the CONverge program, presented by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, has been helping disadvantaged students explore their creative side and build confidence. CONverge seeks to help students explore and develop their musical identities, creatvity and potential by inviting them to participate in an 8 week... [More]

From Studio to Stage: psychology for performers

Many of us play well when we practice yet worry, tremble, feel sick, make mistakes or just feel our performance is not “up to scratch” in recitals and exams. We are not alone. Chopin dreaded performing, Pablo Casals often threw up back stage and Barbara Streisand did not perform for twenty years after experiencing a memory lapse in a New York concert. It is estimated that up to 70 percent of musicians believe their public performances are not at the same level as their studio... [More]
Suitable for ages 16 and above.

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Young Womens Jazz Workshops

About the Workshops The Application process for the 2016 Workshops is now closed Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Academy are pleased to present the 2016 Young Women’s Jazz Workshops. Now in its fourteenth year the Young Women’s Jazz Workshops is a short course aimed at young women who are interested in pursuing skills in jazz and improvised music. The course offers exclusive opportunities for participants including ongoing... [More]