Fostering a love of music

IN TUNE: The Macquarie Conservatorium Brass Ensemble. More than 1000 youth and adults participated in music tuition, workshops and even some performances, despite the interruptions and restrictions of COVID-19.
IN TUNE: The Macquarie Conservatorium Brass Ensemble. More than 1000 youth and adults participated in music tuition, workshops and even some performances, despite the interruptions and restrictions of COVID-19.

Students of all ages took part in an exciting range of music activities with Macquarie Conservatorium in 2020.

Conservatorium director Vivienne Winther said more than 1000 youth and adults participated in music tuition, workshops and even some performances, despite the interruptions and restrictions of COVID-19.

"Staff travelled to schools in Dubbo, Gilgandra, Narromine, Warren and Wellington each week, giving students the opportunity to learn an instrument and play in their school band," Ms Winther said.

"Wind, brass, strings, drumming, guitar, classroom music and early childhood music were taught onsite at Orana region schools and pre-schools.

"Online learning was implemented in April and May, with students appreciating the chance to continue learning music while locked down at home, and their parents getting the chance to see and hear the high-quality lessons conservatorium teachers deliver."

Conservatorium students successfully prepared for AMEB exams, with seven students receiving high distinction, 19 receiving honours and 25 receiving credit results.

"The conservatorium's popular Youth Music Theatre Program for ages 8-12 years continued, even though its mid-year performance was cancelled," Ms Winther said.

"Their November show went ahead successfully, with the resourceful students lip-synching instead of singing, due to COVID restrictions.

"The conservatorium's normal calendar of public workshops and concerts was curtailed by COVID-19.

"The Visiting Artists Concert Series began with an outstanding performance in February by Dubbo's own Campbell Diamond, a rising star of the classical guitar world.

"Concerts were then suspended until restarting from September, when three more concerts featuring brilliant pianists and string players were enjoyed by Dubbo audiences in a COVID-safe setting.

"These inspiring visiting artists also gave local students the chance to perform for them and benefit from their feedback in masterclasses."

Enrolments are now open for 2021, including tuition for all ages on a range of instruments and voice, conservatorium ensembles in wind, brass and strings, and Youth Music Theatre.

Fun music classes for pre-schoolers are available, as well as affordable group tuition options for learning an instrument at our partner schools, plus after-school instrumental lessons at the conservatorium.

Visit macqcon.org.au for more information and enrolment information for 2021.

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