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2021 Schools Program Scholarship

Do you enjoy playing in your school Band?

Do you want to extend your music skills?

Applications are to join our 2021 Schools Scholarship Program are now open.

Please read on to find out more about the audition process and information on the Schools Scholarship Program.

Schools Scholarship application process and information.

(please note application form link is located at the bottom of this page)

Auditions: Saturday 12th December 10am - 3pm

Applications close: Friday 27th November at 5pm. 

Applicants perform for three to four minutes. Students are required to play a scale and two pieces of music. Music can be a Band piece or a piece they are studying for their instrument.

Application to register for the Schools Program Scholarship must be completed using the Application Form below. Please read the details below before applying for the Scholarship. Any questions can be directed to the Conservatroium of Music office on 4324 7477 or email Admin Office  


Central Coast Conservatorium Schools Program Scholarship is a reduced fee scheme over 3 years and open to Primary School students who are currently enrolled in the Conservatorium’s Schools Music Program. This includes our Band Programs and Instrumental Programs (violin, etc).

The Scholarship offers a music education package that includes musicianship (theory) classes, one-to-one instruments lessons and participation in musical ensembles. The instrumental component of music education focuses on performance and technique, while the musicianship class ensures the student’s theoretical knowledge progresses in line with their abilities.

We believe the combination of theoretical and practical teaching produces the best educational outcomes for our student musicians. We believe that students who learn to perform and contribute as part of an ensemble develop discipline, leadership and cooperation in a fun way together with other music students. Students will have the opportunity to enter competitions, attend performances and tour as a performing group. Our students are encouraged to attend professional concerts which are both inspiring and educational.


Central Coast Conservatorium will offer 20 students from our Schools Music Program who show enthusiasm and talent the opportunity to come on board from Term 1 2021. The scholarship offers 40% off the cost of one-to-one lessons, an ensemble and a musicianship class in the first year, 20% off in the second year and one free ensemble in the third year. The 20 scholarship students will be managed by the Conservatorium's Schools Program Administrator to ensure the students successful progression through the program. We will also ask parents and students for feedback on the program which will help us build a more successful program in 2021.


Each scholarship is valued at more than $2,500 over three years. The tuition prices shown below are
indicative as the Conservatorium are yet to finalise prices for the 2021 year.  (NB these values are estimates only and we reserve the right to alter the prices).

The price of 1 to 1 Private Lessons in the Table below are calculated based on 10 weekly lessons per week during each Term (4 Terms per year). 


  • Students must be enrolled in the Central Coast Conservatorium Schools Program in 2020 to be eligible to audition for one of these scholarship positions.
  • Students must also be enrolled in the Program for 2021 (except if the student is graduating to High School in 2021)
  • Applicants will be required to play a scale and two pieces of music, which can be Band piece or a piece they are studying for their instrument.
  • There are positions for Concert Band members as well as String Program students from Kincumber Public School.
  • The Scholarship is open to students in late Primary School only (not High School and not Training Band).  You can be graduating to High School in 2021.
  • String students must have been learning for a minimum of two years.
  • You must be a new one-to-one student at the Conservatorium (i.e. you cannot already be receiving lessons at the Conservatorium).
  • We will issue a tuition fees invoice each term and you must pay your portion in accordance with our payment terms. 
  • The Conservatorium reserves the right to revoke Scholarships to students if attendance at lessons and rehearsals is deemed unsatisfactory.
  • Students must complete all four terms in 2021, 2022 and 2023. 
  • Students must enrol in at least one ensemble and a musicianship class each term of each year that the Scholarship applies. 
  • Primary Wind Ensemble – also known as Super Band
    • For students who are in Primary School in 2021
    • Rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 7pm
    • Perform in the Premier Ensembles Concert at the end of each Term. 
    • Includes woodwind, brass, and percussion students
  • Symphonic Wind Orchestra
    • For students who are in High School in 2021
    • Rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 7pm
    • Perform in the Premier Ensembles Concert at the end of each Term
    • Includes woodwind, brass, and percussion students
  • Saturday Morning Strings Program
    • String Students can join one of the graded ensembles depending on their level of ability
    • This Program includes a technique class on Saturdays
    • Ensembles rehearse on a Saturday Morning 
    • Invited to Crossroads Chamber Festival in September


  • Most students will commence in Grade 1 Musicianship class
  • Applicants will be assessed on their current level of knowledge and may enter at a higher grade
  • Musicianship classes are one hour per week and each grade takes one year to complete
  • Students sit for an in-house exam. They may also enrol to sit the AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) online written exam (at their cost)
  • Our musicianship curriculum has been developed by Dr Phillip Rutherford and our students consistently achieve above average result in their exams

The above music programs times are subject to change.


Please complete and submit your application by Friday 27 November 5 pm.

In-studio auditions will be held on Saturday 12 December at 45 Mann Street Gosford. We will notify you of the time for the student's audition. 


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