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2019 Schools Program Scholarship

Do you enjoy playing in your school Band?

Do you want to extend your music skills?

Applications are now open to join our 2019 Schools Scholarship Program

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

Auditions will be held on Saturday 8 December between 9 am and 3 pm

Applications close: Monday 3 December, 5 pm

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.

To register for the Schools Program Scholarship please fill in the application form below.


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 concert 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 2019. The scholarship offers 50% off the cost of one-to-one lessons, an ensemble and a musicianship class in the first year, 30% off in the second year and one free ensemble membership in the third year. The 20 scholarship students will be managed by a Schools Program Manager to ensure their 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 2020.


Each scholarship is valued at $3,000 over three years (based on current 2019 prices and estimated future prices. (NB these values may alter slightly).

2019 School Scholarships :: Central Coast Conservatorium


  • Students must be enrolled in the Central Coast Conservatorium Schools Program to be eligible to audition for one of these scholarship positions.
  • Applicants will be required to play a scale and two pieces of music, can be Band piece or a piece they are studying for their instrument.
  • There are spots for Concert Band members as well as String Program students from Narara Public School, St Phillips String Program and 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 2019.
  • 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).
  • You will receive an invoice each term and you must pay your portion within the terms of that invoice.
  • Scholarships may be withdrawn if attendance or commitment is deemed unsatisfactory.
  • Students must complete all four terms in 2019 and 2020.
  • Students must enrol in at least one ensemble per term plus a Musicianship class


  • Primary Wind Ensemble – also known as Super Band
    • For students who are in Primary School in 2019
    • Rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 7pm
    • Perform on the final Friday evening of Term in the Premier Ensembles Concert
    • Includes woodwind, brass, and percussion students
  • Symphonic Wind Orchestra
    • For students who are in High School in 2019
    • Rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 7pm
    • Perform on the final Friday evening of Term in the Premier Ensembles Concert
    • Includes woodwind, brass, and percussion students
  • Saturday Morning Strings Program
    • String Students can join one of the graded ensembles depending on their level
    • Also includes a technique class
    • Ensembles rehearse on a Saturday Morning either 9am to 10am or 10am to 11am (depending on level)
    • Perform in String Fest each Semester
    • 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
  • Currently Grade 1 is offered on a Monday at 4.00 pm
  • Musicianship classes are one hour per week and each grade takes one year to complete
  • Students can sit an in-house exam or do an online AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) exam at their own cost
  • Our musicianship curriculum has been developed by Dr Phillip Rutherford and our students consistently achieve in their exams

The above music programs times are subject to change.


Please complete and submit your application by Monday 26 November 5 pm.

In-studio audition will be held on Saturday 8 December at 45 Mann Street Gosford. We will notify you a time beforehand. Alternatively, you may submit a video audition by emailing your YouTube or Vimeo link to by Monday 26 November 5 pm.

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Mission Statement

We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.