Community Connections Project
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’, delivered in partnership with the State Government of South Australia, aims to give all South Australians access to excellence in music education. Following our motto of ‘Music for All’, we work to make distance no barrier to accessing high quality music education across all stages of musical learning and experience.
Since our program began in 2019 the Open Music Academy has delivered a highly impactful Regional Touring and Scholarship program. We have connected with thousands of students and hundreds of teachers across the breadth of the State. From Kangaroo Island to Port Lincoln, Quorn to Mt Gambier, students from all corners of the State have watched performances, participated in workshops and masterclasses, received scholarships to develop their musical potential and been supplied with musical instruments. Professional Development sessions have been delivered to specialist music classroom teachers, to general teachers and to studio instrumental teachers, supporting and connecting the SA music education workforce across the State.
We are excited to announce that from 2022 our regional program is expanding. The Open Music Academy Community Connections program now comprises:
- Music Connections Tours
- Music Connections Day Trips
- Local Star and Achievement Scholarships
- Access Bursaries
- Music Discovery Days
- Regional travel support for students and teachers
- Instrument support
Music Connections Tours
These tours bring key staff and leading students from the Elder Conservatorium of Music and the Open Music Academy to the regions for short residencies of two to four days. Working with schools, local musicians and teachers, we deliver performances, creative workshops, masterclasses with intermediate and advanced students and side by side rehearsals with local school and community ensembles. All our activities are provided free of charge thanks to generous support by the State Government, University of Adelaide, and private benefactor funding.
Music Connections Day Tours
New for 2022, we are offering schools outside of Metropolitan Adelaide the opportunity to experience our program through our new incursion activities, delivered free of charge. Students and staff from the Elder Conservatorium of Music will travel to your school to deliver musical experiences direct to your students. Please contact us if you are interested in this new opportunity and we will work with you to add you to our schedule.
Through the Community Connections scholarship program regional students are offered opportunities to access the rich resources of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, with stimulating music education experiences tailored to suit students at a wide range of levels.
Local Stars and Achievement Scholarships
Intermediate to advanced music students from regional South Australia are encouraged to apply for our Local Star and Achievement Scholarships. These are awarded to promising school aged students who have demonstrated potential and commitment to music education. The program offers 1:1 tuition, access to workshops, masterclasses, ensemble activities and regular performance opportunities at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Tuition can be provided in hybrid face to face/ online modes for students if distance is a barrier to travelling to Adelaide. Travel support is also available to students and their families to assist with travel to Adelaide for our activities. Funding is also available to support students with maintenance and purchase of instruments to ensure that they have access to good quality instruments through their studies.
Regional South Australian students at elementary to intermediate level are encouraged to apply for our Access Bursaries to connect with our program at the important foundation level. Our Access Bursaries are flexible, offering access to a range of activities including 1:1 lessons, workshops, masterclasses, ensemble activities and regular performance opportunities. We are able to support students in accessing good quality instruments through our instrument support fund. Tuition can be provided in hybrid face to face/ online modes for students if distance is a barrier to travelling to Adelaide. Travel support is also available to students and their families to assist with travel to Adelaide for our activities.
Music Discovery Days
New from 2022, the Open Music Academy gives regional school groups the chance to experience a day in the life of ‘the Con’ through Music Discovery Days. 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.
Regional Travel Support
Funding is available to regional students and teachers to travel to Adelaide to attend our annual special events as well as our regular program. This is provided on a discretionary basis.