Short courses Conservatorium Open Academy

Short courses


The Conservatorium Open Academy offers many short courses designed to give adults the skills and knowledge to pursue their musical interests, curiosity or to find a creative outlet for their talents in a collaborative group learning environment catering for beginners right through to experienced musicians. Click on the topic area you are interested in to search available classes.

Each class available for enrolment will be clearly marked as either online or face to face delivery. Please take note of which form of delivery you are booking and consider if this is appropriate for your circumstances.

The Conservatorium Open Academy’s flagship community education program will provide adults and life-long learners with entertaining, challenging and inspiring ways into the world of music and the Sydney Conservatorium’s vibrant culture.

Find the Music in You!





Music Technology


Music Foundations

Custom Courses

From time to time choirs or other music groups in the community approach us for a private course. If you have a group for whom you would like us to run a private course, please get in touch at our contact page. We’d love to arrange it for you.

Just include contact details, a bit about your group and which of our classes you are interested in and we will try and arrange a class just for you.


Face to face courses are held in the state-of-the-art facilities of the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Macquarie St. Students enjoy unique bonuses when joining one of the Academy’s courses:

membership of the Conservatorium’s extensive music library for the term.

discounted tickets to Conservatorium concerts.

A 15% discount on fees for Short Courses is available for: pensioners, Health Care Card holders, full time students and Sydney University staff. This discount may not be combined with any other discounts.

A 12% Early Bird discount applies for enrolment up to 4 weeks before the start of each term. This discount may not be combined with any other discounts.

2024 Term Dates

Summer – 5 Feb – 28 Mar
Autumn – 6 May – 1 Jul\*
Winter – 29 July – 19 Sept
Spring – 14 Oct – 5 Dec

\*no classes Monday 10 June 2024 Queen’s Birthday Holiday