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Composing Women Program
14 October, Sydney

Join Con composer Professor Liza Lim for a workshop dedicated to nurturing and developing women composers. Also hear more about how to apply for the 2018-2019 Composing Women Program at the Con.

Anri Sala: Artist talk
14 October, Sydney
Join celebrated French/Albanian artist Anri Sala for his only public talk in Sydney, as he shares insights into the conceptual and creative development of Kaldor Public Art Project 33, The Last Resort. The artist appears in conversation with Maud Page, Deputy Director and Director of Collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales.

National Women Composers’ Development Program
17 – 18 October, Sydney
Participants will be mentored by several of Australia’s top women composers, as well as by members of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s outstanding composition unit.

Mullum Music Festival Youth Mentorship Program
Applications close 20 October
The Youth Mentorship Program teams acts under 21 years of age up with established artists (who also features on the Mullum Music Fest bill) who mentors and provide hands-on advice in a festival setting. The successful applicants also score a rehearsal session with their mentor, a 20-minute set at the festival, a weekend pass to Mullum 2017 and a backstage pass to watch their mentor’s performance.

Music Theory: A Taster
21 October, Sydney
Have you ever wondered if you could understand more about how music works? This workshop allows you to dip your toe into the water of music theory, and discover the craft behind the magic of music.

Beginner Shakuhachi Worksop
21 October, Sydney

Shakuhachi Master Bronwyn Kirkpatrick will present this workshop and demonstration introducing shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese bamboo flute.

Sounds of Hope: Musical Outreach and Wellbeing for Young Refugees and Migrants
23 October, Sydney
This lecture will explore the efficacy of formal music activities provided within educational and community settings and the self-initiated musical activities that young forced and voluntary migrants employ in a variety of settings, to assist with psychosocial aspects of resettlement.

BodyMinded Webinar 2018
24 October, Online
This BodyMinded webinar provides a practical tool-kit of knowledge and methods to support and broaden your capacity as a great musician, teacher or coach.

The Entire History of Pop in One Hour
25 October, Sydney
Join Jadey O’Regan as she journeys through the birth of the blues, the explosion of rock’n’roll, and the blooming of psychedelia, to examine how they’ve shaped the modern pop landscape of today. This talk will change the way you hear your favourite songs and give you a deeper understanding of the rules of popular music.

Seeking Entrepreneurial Solutions to Support Freelance Artists
26 October, Melbourne
This session will examine how can the creative sector improve support for freelance artists who deliver socially engaged work? What solutions can be developed to enable artists to drive greater social impact through their work?

Modern Guitarists Workshop
28 October, Sydney
Spend a day with Michael Dolce (The Voice house band) and Chris Kamzelas (The Voice house band first 3 years), along with prog rock guitar prodigy James Norbert Ivanyi all in one room at the same time, dissecting their playing, gear and career and offering invaluable advice that can only benefit your own guitar playing.

Neal Peres Da Costa: Music, Place and Time Talk
28 October, Sydney
Acclaimed scholar and performer Neal Peres Da Costa delves into the extraordinary musical ideas of Mozart. He reveals new perspectives on the music of eighteenth-century Europe, and the ways in which it was imagined, performed and understood, and explores the intricate relationships between music, place and time.

Panel Discussion: Resounding – Sound and Music in Contemporary Art
29 October, Sydney
Responding to Anri Sala’s integration of music into his contemporary art practice, Resounding brings together artists and curators to discuss the role of sound and music within contemporary art.

Music Technology: Music Tech Bootcamp For All Music Teachers
30 October, Melbourne
Feel out of depth when it comes to using technology in your music teaching? Lacking confidence or have a few holes in your knowledge? This bootcamp will cover everything you’ve always wanted to know but were too afraid to ask! No previous experience in anything is required.

Music Educators of the Future Expo
3 November, Sydney

This is the inaugural expo for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s graduating BMus (Music Education) cohort. A broad range of topics will be presented as poster sessions, from improvising in the classroom to working with recent refugee and migrant populations.

Pedro de Alcantara Vista
4 – 5 November
A public workshop for musicians who wish to learn Alexander Technique, presented by international master teacher, Pedro de Alcantara.

Andrew Ford: Music and Memory Talk
5 November, Sydney
Award-winning composer and broadcaster Andrew Ford shares insights into the creative process of composing, explores the relationship between music and memory, and reflects on the role that music plays in our lives.

Unlocking Musical Potential
1 November, Wilston, BNE
A full-day music education professional development course suitable for instrumental and vocal, primary and secondary, classroom and studio music teachers.

The Art of Criticism with Alison Croggon
10 November, Victoria
This workshop will cover the building blocks of critique, showing you how to research, construct and write a critical response for a general audience. Alison Croggon was the 2009 Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year and has reviewed for the Monthly, the Australian and the ABC.

Big Kodaly Day
11 November, Melbourne
Presented by Joel Copeland who is an exciting young presenter who has excellent ideas for the classroom. He will present a ‘mixed bag of primary through to secondary games and provide alterations for using all of the games in different contexts.

Under Pressure: Creativity and Mental Health
13 November, Townsville
To open up discussion about mental health, APRA AMCOS and QMusic are bringing together panel for a frank chat about maintaining a healthy – and creative – mind.

Ethics at Work
15 November, Sydney
Ethics At Work is a half-day professional training workshop that will equip you with the tools to identify and resolve complex ethical dilemmas. Using practical scenarios and group exercises, you will explore your own personal and organisational objectives and values, the pressures that work against good choices, different decision-making styles and how they can be applied to ethical issues.

Victorian Touring Workshop
16 November, Darebin, VIC
This one day event, is full of practical sessions, case studies and networking opportunities aimed at artists, companies and producers who are ready to tour and engage with marketplaces such as Showcase Victoria.

Australia Council Webinar: The Role of the Arts Chair
21 November
In this webinar you’ll learn how to be a good chair, what to expect from the chair, what to do if things need to change, and how to move on effectively and gracefully.

Arts North West, Arts Grant Writing Basics
22 November, Quirindi
Arts Grant Writing Basics is a workshop offering handy tips and tricks to any individual or community organisation applying for arts grants.

Australian Ballet Music Talks
22 November, Sydney
Like the dancers on stage, musicians and conductors are powerful storytellers. In these free talks, Music Director and Chief Conductor Nicolette Fraillon will chat about the 2017 composers and their works.

Instrumental Leadership Workshop
25 November, Melbourne
Community Music Victoria is holding a long awaited workshop for everyone interested in the leadership of instrumental groups – aimed at those already taking leadership roles, and those who might take on such roles.

Australian Ballet Music Talks
13 December, Sydney
Like the dancers on stage, musicians and conductors are powerful storytellers. In these free talks, Music Director and Chief Conductor Nicolette Fraillon will chat about the 2017 composers and their works.

Industry Connect
Throughout 2017

A new music program bringing music industry professionals to regional Queensland to help anyone interested in building a sustainable career in the music industry.

Cultural Infusion – Music of the Andes
Throughout 2017
This music program sees Inka Marka combine traditional Andean costumes, dance, musical performances and background information to deliver a music education package aimed at students.

Drug Aware YCulture Regional
Throughout 2017
This opportunity offers 12-26 year olds who live in regional Western Australia the chance to fund an arts idea that benefits their community. Projects must promote the Drug Aware message and contribute to the participants improving their artistic skills.

The Australian Conducting Academy Summer School
25 January  – 2  February, 2018, Tasmania
Under the leadership of Course Director Johannes Fritzsch, who begins his three year appointment as the TSO’s inaugural Principal Guest Conductor in 2018, students will benefit from rehearsals with pianists as well as at least five orchestra calls with the TSO over the course of the school.


Senior Music by Meryl Jackson-Kew and Aleksandar Vujic
Senior Music is a collection of music pieces that are suitable for music study in years 10, 11 and 12.  It has been designed for the New South Wales Higher School Certificate, Queensland, Western Australian, Victorian, South Australian and Tasmanian Certificate of Education and Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training. For bulk school orders or more information contact: [email protected]

The Arts Units Learning Hub
Throughout 2017
The Arts Unit Learning Hub is a new online professional development platform for teachers across arts and literacy. It is free to all det and edu email holders and access can also be granted to other members of the education community on application.

Folk Music:
Australia Folk Blogspot – A terrific resource for folk enthusiasts  

Contemporary Music:
Anatomy Music Focused Podcast
– A collection of podcasts on Australian contemporary artist and music industry issues

Industry Advice:
Beyond the Stage Podcast

3MBS and Susan de Weger present Beyond the Stage podcast, 30 minute interviews with highly trained musicians who have built successful careers in law, medicine, business and social enterprise. These podcasts will share career stories on how music education is a unique and valuable training for career success in any industry.

Australian Audio Guide
A collaborative endeavour by The Wheeler Centre and Audiocraft, the Australian Audio Guide collates podcasts and radio programs on a variety of topics – food, live storytelling, arts and culture, nature and place, sound art, music, parenting, social issues, and the list goes on. The guide celebrates audio creations with regular interviews, features and listening suggestions.

The Place of Music in 21st Century Education
Open Online
What do children need from education now, and in the future? This five module course is not just for classroom or ensemble music educators. It’s suitable for anyone interested in creativity-infused education, in contemporary education issues, and in the integration and use of digital technology.

The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health
Free online Course
The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health explores personal and community health and wellness strategies using visual arts mediums. Each online module showcases the applied use of creative visual practices. The short course run by the University of Tasmania is designed to introduce you to a range of practices that promote focus and connectedness to ourselves, our relationships and the world around us.


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