Community Connections Program

Working together with the State Government of South Australia and other key industry partners, the Open Music Academy is establishing a more equitable distribution of music education across the state.


The Open Music Academy Community Connections Program conducts tours to South Australian regional areas. The program offers musical activities to students ranging from K-12. Led by highly skilled music teachers and students from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, the program caters to students of varying levels of musical proficiency, ranging from absolute beginners to advanced students.

Since 2019
Areas covered Burra, Clare Valley, Eyre Peninsula, Flinders, Kangaroo Island, Limestone Coast, Loxton, Mid North, Riverland, Yorke Peninsula
Students engaged 4300+

Teachers engaged (professional development)

Scholarships/Bursaries 160+


Through the Community Connections Program, we also provide scholarships for regional students of all levels to travel to Adelaide, for one-to-one lessons at the Open Music Academy at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

The OMA Regional Program was a FINALIST – The Australian Financial Review Higher Education Awards – Community Engagement Category

ABC News article: Elder Conservatorium's Open Music Academy tour hits high note with regional SA schools

This program is supported by the Department for Education.

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Information for Teachers from Regional Schools

Are you interested in hosting the Open Music Academy at your school? Please contact us.

  • Music Connections Days

    For schools outside of metropolitan Adelaide we offer Music Connection Days. Students and staff from the Elder Conservatorium of Music will travel to your school to deliver musical experiences direct to your students.

  • Music Discovery Days

    Music Discovery Days provide regional school groups with the chance to experience a day in the life of ‘the Con’. We provide transport assistance to schools to bring staff and students to the Elder Conservatorium of Music’s main North Terrace campus. This is a unique opportunity to watch our ensembles rehearse and perform and to watch classes working with the next stars of the South Australian music scene. Opportunities for students to take part in fun, inspirational music activities are also built into our Music Discovery Days.

Bursaries are available to teachers for mentoring and professional development opportunities.