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It’s never too late or too early to start learning and enjoying music, and at Macquarie Conservatorium there is a range of musical options in 2018 for all ages and interests.

Children aged from two to six years can explore the wonderful world of music in the Conservatorium’s special program of early childhood music classes.

‘MusicPlay’ for those in pre-school and ‘MusicMakers’ for young primary aged children, introduce the basic concepts of music through interactive singing, movement and rhythm games.

“These intro to music classes for the very young are a fun filled way to start developing a child’s music skills,” said Macquarie Conservatorium director Vivienne Winther.

Options Galore: From flute and clarinet to saxophone and trumpet, there is plenty of choices available for anyone wishing to learn and instrument. Photo: Supplied.

Options Galore: From flute and clarinet to saxophone and trumpet, there is plenty of choices available for anyone wishing to learn and instrument. Photo: Supplied.

Tuition is available for youth and adults, from beginner to advanced levels. There is a large range of instruments including guitar, ukulele, piano, singing, drum kit, drumming, violin and viola, along with wind instruments such as cello, flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba and french horn.

Traditional individual tuition is offered in all these instruments, and there are also some affordable group tuition classes.

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“We encourage adults as well as youth to think about joining a beginner group class,” said Vivienne Winther. “If you’re an adult who has always wanted to learn an instrument, or stopped too early when you were young, these classes are an affordable and sociable way to start playing.

You’ll be in a class with other adults just like yourself, and while you are learning, you’re also making music with others which is an added bonus. Kids enjoy group classes for the same reasons, they are really motivating,” she said.

Ukulele is an inexpensive and fun instrument anyone can have a go at playing. Guitar is another popular instrument that works really well in a group class for youth or adults.

Drumming in African and other world music styles is an activity that is easy to pick up. There’s a drumming group class for children on Monday afternoons, and a laid-back drumming group for adults and teens on Wednesday evenings.

The Conservatorium’s popular drumming, ukulele and guitar tutor, Dale Freeman said “No previous experience is required to take up drumming, just your hands”. 

There are also new vacancies available in piano and singing tuition this year, as well as wind, brass, percussion and strings.

A range of ensembles is open to people who already play an instrument, such as Flute Choir, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, String Orchestra, Adult String Ensemble and Macquarie Intermediate Band.

Something for everyone: There are music programs for individuals, schools and community groups, concerts and even workshops with visiting artists. Photo: Supplied.

Something for everyone: There are music programs for individuals, schools and community groups, concerts and even workshops with visiting artists. Photo: Supplied.

“Once you can play your instrument, it’s really rewarding to get together with others and play in an ensemble,” said brass teacher and conductor of the Macquarie Intermediate Band, Neill Ryan.

Youth Chorus and Youth Music Theatre are enjoyable group activities for young people who love to sing.

“Our Youth Chorus will perform onstage with Opera Australia when they tour to Dubbo, and our Youth Music Theatre Workshop will again present two popular musicals during the year,” said Vivienne Winther.

Visit www.macqcon.org.au for more information on all these programs and activities, and go to the enrolment page to download an inquiry form and the schedule of classes and fees.

Term 1, 2018 starts from Monday, January 29 and enrolments are open now – so why not make music part of your life this year.