Speech and Drama
The Conservatorium offers a Speech and Drama program that can be taken either as group classes or individual lessons. Focusing on the individual needs of the student, Speech and Drama can be used to develop skills in public speaking, debating, characterisation, mime, improvisation, and recitation of prose and poetry. Speech and Drama is perfect for those struggling with speech impediments or accents as it works towards developing confidence and clarity of speech. A good basis upon which to build a career in the dramatic industries, it can also be taken as a leisure course for those students just wishing to embrace their creative and extrovert personalities.
The Speech and Drama program participates in many Eistedfodds around the local and state areas and, whilst participation is not compulsory, all students are encouraged to attend to develop key performance skills. Speech and Drama teachers offer considerable support leading up to the Eistedfodd period, and the Conservatorium's students are often featured in the prizes.
Wollongong Conservatorium of Music has three qualified Music Therapists on staff who can offer individually tailored program to suit most student's needs. These programs are available by consultation with our therapists and can be adjusted to cover a variety of different situations. For further information please contact Janet Andrews on 4228 1122.
In addition to the individual Music Therapy programs the Conservatorium offers our highly successful Pathways to Music rock program. For more information please contact the Conservatorium.
Jazz Combos provide students with an opportunity to work in small groups to develop their skills in jazz performance under the close supervision of a professional musician and educator.
Music Theatre ENSEMBLE
The Music Theatre Ensemble is a newly adapted and exciting program which has been designed to create a safe learning environment for students with an interest in Music Theatre ensemble and solo performance.
The aim of this course is to build confident and disciplined performers within an ensemble and a chorus. The ensemble will work together weekly, putting together group chorus numbers from some of the recurring Broadway and Musical Theatre shows.
Our aim is to also help students who may be undertaking auditions within the musical theatre community and beyond, by giving them strong vocal and movement skills.
The course is run by Greg Shand, our resident Industry Professional with over 35 years of professional experience and Rachel Bate, our Head of Voice as well as an opera singer with 15 years of stage performing experience.
The course seeks to educate students on good vocal hygiene, vocal technique, vocal harmonising, part singing, age and genre appropriate choreography and acting, musical staging as well as stage etiquette.
One of the greatest accomplishments this course has achieved is instilling confidence and self-discipline in the young performer.
The course runs for an 8-week term on Saturday afternoons from 1pm-4pm at the Conservatorium and is suitable for students from 12 to 18 years of age.
No audition is required, but should you have any queries regarding the program, please contact the office to speak with Greg Shand on 4228 1122.
Classes in Music Theory and Aural Musicianship are available for students of all ages and all stages of Music Education. Instruction is provided in groups or on an individual basis. It is recommended that students begin theory classes once they have reached AMEB 3rd Grade or equivalent in their practical studies. Students can study for AMEB theory exams or as an HSC extension activity. Composition classes / support can also be arranged.
The Music Theory / Aural Musicianship class program is included free for all students enrolled in the ensemble program.
The Con's ensemble program is designed as a holistic approach to supplement students' individual tuition. One fee per term entitles the student to play in any number of ensembles and also includes access to music theory / aural classes. Ensembles regularly perform in the area and tour both within Australia and overseas.
Single Instrument Ensembles
- Brass Ensemble
- Junior Guitar Ensemble
- Conservatorium Guitar Ensemble
- Cello Ensemble
- Children's Choir
- Youth Choir
- Beginner Band
- Junior Band
- Concert Band
- Wind Ensemble
- Llewellyn String Orchestra
- Powell String Orchestra
- BlueScope Youth Orchestra
- Friday Camerata
COMMUNITY MUSIC ENSEMBLES
- The Con Artists
- Curious Rendition Orchestra
- Conservatorium Community Orchestra
- Conservatorium Community Choir
- Introduction to Jazz Improvisation
- Jazz Ensemble
- Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra
Jazz Combos are also available as part of our program of classes (see above).