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Are you studying Music HSC in Year 11 or 12? Did you know Central Coast Conservatorium of Music runs support classes for HSC students led by experienced musicianship teacher Dr Phillip Rutherford?

The classes are held at CCCM’s Gosford campus on Fridays at 4.15pm, in Robert Knox Hall lecture theatre. 

Former Narara Valley High School bassoon student Xavier Cardozo attended Year 11 and 12 HSC Support Musicianship classes with Phillip to deepen his understanding of the Music 2 and Music Extension syllabus and last year was successful in attaining Band 6 in both subjects.

“Attending these extra musicianship classes certainly helped with my study,” said Xavier who this year is starting his Bachelor of Music Performance at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. 

“Studying musicianship, alongside my practical one-to-one bassoon lessons and being part of ensembles including the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and then the Central Coast Youth Orchestra has also given me a holistic understanding of music and equipped me with the skills to become a better musician.”

About Musicianship

Our Musicianship classes help students develop all aspects of musical understanding and application, with musicianship students often accelerating practical progress on their instrument.

The group music theory classes are held on a weekly basis and have been developed by Dr Phillip Rutherford who has a PhD in Music (Composition) from Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He is joined in the program by Melissa Lark.

Classes are based on experience levels – from beginners to HSC support – and cover the following topics:

  • Reading music accurately.
  • The structure of music
  • Aural abilities i.e., ‘ear training’.
  • Sight reading skills.
  • Sight singing skills.
  • Music history
  • Music appreciation of all styles of music, from classical to popular

See our timetable HERE

For more details phone 4324 7477