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Sydney Tertiary Music Courses – Open Days 2009

Tuesday 14 July, 2009

I thought it would be good to list some open days at tertiary institutions that run music courses in Sydney, for those interested in going to university/college in 2010. Open days are free and you might just find a fulfilling future doing something you actually love! Have you watched the above video on Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University yet?

So here’s the list in order of date…
oooCurrent dates are in bold
oooOut-of-date events are crossed out

1  The Con

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Day
Overview: 10 courses in Sydney
Degrees: Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Bachelor in Music, Opera or Arts
Date: Sunday 29th March 2009
Address: Cnr Bridge Street and Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9351 1222 (General Enquiries)

2  SAE

School of Audio Engineering Sydney Institute Open Day
Overview: 2 courses in Sydney – possibly more but their site is ridiculous
Degrees: Diploma in Music Production or Bachelor of Audio Production
Details: Call 02 9211 3711 any time for a tour
Date: Saturday 23rd May 2009
Address: 55-57 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9211 3711


The Australian International Conservatorium of Music Open Day
Overview: 2 courses in Rozelle
Degrees: Diploma and Bachelor in Music Performance
Date: Saturday 20th June 2009
Address: 114 Victoria Road, Rozelle NSW 2039
Phone: 02 9637 0777

4  AIM

Australian Institute of Music Open Day
Overview: 2 courses (6 majors) in Surry Hills
Degrees: Diploma and Bachelor in Music, Audio Engineering or Entertainment Management
Date: Saturday 22nd August 2009
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Address: 1-51 Foveaux St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9219 5444

5  The Con

Sydney Conservatorium of Music – Sydney Uni Live!
Overview: 10 courses in Sydney
Degrees: Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Bachelor in Music, Opera or Arts
Date: Saturday 29th August 2009
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Address: Cnr Bridge Street and Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9351 1222 (General Enquiries)

6  USyd

The University of Sydney Arts Music Unit – Sydney Uni Live!
Overview: 3 courses in Darlington
Degrees: Diploma and Bachelor in Music or Arts
Date: Saturday 29th August 2009
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Address: Sydney University Darlington Campus, Cnr of City Road and Cleveland Street, Golden Grove/Darlington NSW 2006
Phone: 1300 362 006 (Sydney Uni Helpline)

7  UWS

University of Western Sydney Open Day
Overview: 1 course in Penrith
Degrees: Bachelor of Music
Date: Sunday 30th August 2009
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Details: Open Day Expression of Interest Form
Address: UWS Parramatta Campus, Cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere NSW 2116
Phone: 9852 5222 (General Enquires) / 1300 897 669 (Course Enquiries)


The University of New South Wales Open Day
Overview: 5 courses in Kensington
Degrees: Bachelors in Music, Education, Arts and/or Science
Date: Saturday 5th September 2009
Address: Cnr Anzac Parade abd High Street, Kensington NSW 2052
Phone: 02 9385 1844 (Student Recruitment)

9  Club Mac

Macquarie University Open Day
Overview: 1 course in North Ryde – possibly more but no clear list of courses
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts and Contemporary Music Studies
Date: Saturday 12th September 2009
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Address: Balaclava Road, North Ryde NSW 2109
Phone: 02 9850 7111 (General Enquiries) / 02 9850 7314 (Undergraduate Enquiries)

10  JMC

John Martin Cass Academy Open Day
Overview: 6 courses in Surry Hills
Degrees: Diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelor in Audio Engineering or Popular Music Performance
Date: Saturday 19th September 2009
Time: Sessions at 10:30am or 1:30pm
Details: Online Registration Form
Address: 41 Holt St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9281 8899 / 02 9212 4801

Hope that gave you plenty of options! Leave a comment if you have any questions, additional information or reviews from any open days…


State Funeral of Professor Chris O’Brien AO

Thursday 11 June, 2009
State Funeral of Professor Chris O’Brien AO

Professor Chris O’Brien and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

~ click on picture above for 60 Minutes interview ~

Our school choir, along with Year 11 and 12 boys and the St. Ignatius College Choir, sang at the state funeral of Professor Chris O’Brien AO (Office of the Order of Australia) at St. Mary’s Cathedral today.

It was a touching and moving tribute to a wonderful and dedicated man. His two sons and daughter were a testament to his great character in giving stirring and awe-inspiring speeches. We were blessed as a school to have one of our old school captains, Chris O’Brien, speak so passionately to us in June last year, where he urged us to become “men of steel”.

The choir sang a beautiful collection of 13 songs, including “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven”, “Crimond – Psalm 23”, “Here I Am, Lord”, “Be Thou My Vision” and their own solo item “Ancient Words”.

Here is a clip of Chris from Sky News in March this year. May his determination, optimism, dedication and compassion inspire you also…

Triple J Unearthed High 2009 Competition

Friday 22 May, 2009
Triple J Unearthed High 2009 Competition

Click for JTV: Unearthed Video

The Triple J Unearthed High competition is on again! Entry opens 20th May 2009 and closes on 31st July 2009.

To become a famous rock star, all you have to do is…

  1. Write an original song
  2. Record your original song
  3. Sign up as an artist on the Unearthed High Signup Page
  4. Upload up to 3 original songs
  5. Make sure the “‘Unearthed High” checkbox is ticked under the competitions section of your artist profile

Competition Details

How to Enter Details

Official Unearthed High Website

ANZAC Day Tribute 2009

Friday 24 April, 2009

ANZAC day honours the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who have fought and died in war since the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915 during the Great War (World War I). ANZAC troops landed at Gallipoli, Turkey on 25th April 1915. There is nothing glorious about war and we should avoid it at all costs. But on ANZAC day we pause to remember those who fought and died for the tremendous freedoms we have gained. Music plays an important role in our reflection and connection with others on this day.

Bugle calls feature prominently during ANZAC day ceremonies. The Last Post signals the end of the day of fighting. Reveille means “wake again” in French and is played at the beginning of the day. On ANZAC day, The Rouse is usually used instead of Reveille as it is shorter. The Last Post is played to symbolise those who have died in battle, a minute’s silence reflection is broken by The Rouse which symbolises the dead rising to new life. Click here to see the bugle call melodies.

Here is a very touching ANZAC tribute with Amazing Grace played by the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, and The Last Post by Peter Tiefenbach & Stuart Laughton.

Indent – Youth Music Advisor

Wednesday 8 April, 2009

Indent is funded by Arts NSW and stages under 18’s and all-ages music events in NSW. They are looking for two young people aged between 12 and 25 to join the Indent Advisory Group as a Youth Music Advisor. Interested applicants should have experience in youth events in the local community and have an interest in music and youth culture.

If you are interested in applying for the Indent Advisory Group then email the Indent Project Manager at or phone MusicNSW on 02 9699 9706 if you have any questions regarding the application. Entries close the 8th May 2009.

Click here to view their online advertisement

Click here to view their MySpace page

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2009

Tuesday 7 April, 2009

Our Year 11 and 12 boys are performing on the opening day of the Sydney Royal Easter Show on Thursday 9th April, 2009 from 1:00pm to 1:45pm on the Graze Stage. Here are some links for you to check out:

Happy Australia Day

Monday 26 January, 2009

Happy Australia Day! I found this quite amusing website on peoples’ versions of “Advance Australia Fair” called “Advance Australia Dare”. [click here to check it out] I’ve posted some entries below, some funny and others creative. Maybe you could submit your own entry? I hope you enjoy…

4 year old Amy sings the national anthem

Office workers sing the national anthem to the tune of “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from the 1983 film Flashdance

Office workers sing and hand sign the national anthem in Auslan

Malaysian born Tamil-Australian legend Kamahl sings the national anthem

Happy New Year… Sydney Style!

Thursday 8 January, 2009

Happy new year! In case you missed the Sydney harbour fireworks, here’s some awesome clips for you. If you double click them to open them in a new window, you can watch them in hi-definition! The synchronisation of the fireworks with music is awesome and I love the mix of pop and classical music. Want the grand finale? Watch Part 2 from 2:06 to the end (2 minutes).

Part 1

Part 2

New Years Resolution… make our music department the best it has ever been!

Year 10 Aussie Rock Performances

Friday 26 December, 2008

It’s taken me a while to sort it out, but I’ve finally got Year 10 Music’s Australian rock performances uploaded to YouTube. Check them out and tell us what you think?

Year 10 Australian Rock Assessment Part 1

Year 10 Australian Rock Assessment Part 2

Kick Back to Some Music

Wednesday 9 July, 2008

Hey guys! I noticed there were quite a few hits over the past week, so I thought I’d post some audio and music links to give you some food for thought and some study music to kick back to.

Firstly… “Cog”. If you haven’t checked out this cutting edge Sydney band, then you’re missing out!

  • Cog @ (link currently unavailable, hopefully online soon) – Awesome blog post with “Resonate” mp3, you can actually download it (right click “mp3” – “save target as”) and put it on your mp3 player or mobile!
  • Cog’s Player @ MySpace – the band’s own music player from their Cog MySpace Music page. Wow 600,000 plays!
  • Cog @ Wikipedia – Find out how it all began. Maybe your band will be posted on Wikipedia one day?!
  • Triple J Live – A huge selection of recordings from all the latest bands. Check out Cog‘s eight song setlist! Forty minutes of awesome Aussie rock! WARNING ***Low Level Coarse Language***

And some links for your general listening pleasure…

  • Triple J Unearthed – Unearthed for the big boys and girls. Some radio edits on the current five nominees for this prestigious award.
  • Take 40 Player @ – Cool browser player with heaps of songs that include video clips. Click the purple arrow for more song lists and if your bandwidth can handle it, try “super” video quality and go full screen! Music videos on demand for free!

If you find any other groovy Aussie music sites, please let me know by commenting to this post and I’ll include them here! Enjoy your holidays and keep the spirit of Aussie music alive!