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Launch of New Teaching Partnership


The Central Coast Conservatorium of Music (CCCM) and the University of New England (UNE) have formed a formal teaching partnership, allowing music students in the Central Coast region to receive private music tuition locally while completing their music degree online.  

UNE Music has designed an Instrumental and Vocal Studies program which offers a sequence of advanced performance training units over the course of the 3- year Bachelor of Music.

Utilising the experience and expertise of CCCM’s teachers, each unit incorporates weekly one to one instrumental lessons alongside a host of activities provided by CCCM and the community. These include participation in large and small ensembles, master classes and workshops with world-class special guest musicians, accompanying and/or conducting work, and public performances.

“I am delighted that we have formed this excellent partnership with UNE which will enable the Central Coast residents to partake in tertiary music education delivered right here on the NSW Central Coast,” said Patrick Brennan, Artistic Director, Central Coast Conservatorium of Music.

“This will be a huge asset, enabling students to remain with their families whilst completing an undergraduate degree.  Also, it will enable our incredible teaching staff, who are appropriately qualified and skilled to deliver music education at a tertiary level.”

With UNE’s strong background in online teaching and internationally recognised music academics, the partnership provides additional opportunity for regional students to receive high-quality music education and encourages the growth and vitally of the music community in the Central Coast region. With its close proximity to UNE Sydney, Central Coast students can also take advantage of the facilities in Parramatta which include a mobile music technology and production lab.

“This partnership enables local students to complete a tertiary education in music through the flexibility of online learning while continuing their instrumental and vocal training after secondary school”. Dr Alana Blackburn, Music Convenor and Partnerships Coordinator for UNE said. “It’s a unique approach to build and maintain professional capacity in the arts and music education in regional areas. We are pleased to be joining Central Coast Conservatorium in their important role in the cultural development of this region.”

The teaching partnership will be launched in the Robert Knox Hall Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, 45 Mann St, Gosford on Monday 19 October by Dr Alana Blackburn, Music Convenor and Partnerships Coordinator (UNE), Dr Donna Hewitt Head of Department of Creative Arts and Communications (UNE), Mr Patrick Brennan, Artistic Director (CCCM), Mr Peter Brandon, Board Chairman (CCCM) and Mr Carl Schmidt, Curriculum Coordinator (CCCM).

For information on the Program, click on Instrumental and vocals studies with UNE 

For enquiries please phone 4324 7477 or email  

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Term Dates

The Central Coast Conservatorium operates to NSW Department of Education School Gazetted Term dates

Term 1
Tuesday 28/1 to Thursday 9/4 
(Saturday Strings concludes 4 April)

Term 2
Monday 27/4 to Saturday 4/7 
(Saturday Strings concludes 27 June)

Term 3
Monday 20/7 to Saturday 26/9 
(Saturday Strings concludes 19 September)

Term 4
Monday 12/10 to Saturday 19/12
(Saturday Strings concludes 12 December)

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.