Since 1974 the Open Academy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music has opened the doors of the Conservatorium to the community through a wide range of programs, courses and workshops for school students, musicians, music teachers and to all those who are interested in learning more about music. It’s never too late to learn about music so why not join us today?
The Kids at the Con program is designed to help children between the ages of 3 and 10 engage with the exciting world of music. Structured classes are presented in a challenging but non-competitive environment which encourages the development of artistic expression and creativity.
Based on both the Orff-Schulwerk approach and the Kodaly method, students will be introduced to music using singing, imitation, movement, playing tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, improvisation, story-telling and guided listening activities.
Students in the Red and Orange classes will learn basic musical concepts such as pitch and rhythm, helping them prepare for formal musical tuition. Older students in the Yellow, Green and Blue classes, who may already be learning an instrument, will be able to consolidate and build on their instrumental learning.
All classes take place in the Conservatorium’s historical Macquarie Street buildings on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
Students enrol for 7 weeks (a term) of teaching. Each level is completed in approximately 28 weeks but is dependent on the child’s progress. The class teachers will make recommendations at the end of every second term as to whether a child should stay in that class or move to a new class. This recommendation is based on the students’ progress in the class.