Term 2 2021

Newsletter 1


2021 AMEB Dates

Students intending on sitting and AMEB exam this year will have already started working on preparing the necessary technical work and pieces for their exams which will be held early in Term 3.

For our region, 2021 AMEB  closing date is Monday 17 May and families will be contacted this week to confirm their child's intention to sit an exam.

Examination Dates: 12 July - 11 August

Rock School - Closing date for applications: 30 June 
Video link due: within 21 days of enrolment
Exam viewing dates: May-July 

If you have any futher questions or would like more information about your child following an AMEB exam program (or Trinity for Speech and Drama), please attend a lesson with your child and discuss with their teacher. If this is not possible, call and speak with Director Rebecca Ryan 6742 3998

Why do AMEB Exams? 
Every year thousands of Australians of all ages sit AMEB exams in music and speech & drama for a variety of reasons. Many take exams at the advice of their teacher or as a prerequisite for tertiary entrance or as a benchmark of their education or for recognition of their year’s hard work and achievement.

Preparing for an exam requires a significant amount of planning and hard work. Exams provide clearly defined goal posts that are a powerful motivating force. Leading musicians and educators set realistic and appropriate goals within AMEB syllabuses and examinations are an opportunity for students to measure themselves against these goals.

For many people, one of the hardest parts of taking an exam is presenting your programme on stage in front of an audience of strangers. Performing in front of others helps to develop poise and confidence: life skills that are useful for all sorts of future endeavors including making presentations, public speaking or even just giving a toast at a party.

Every candidate that completes an exam receives a personal written report from their examiner. This independent feedback encourages the student to progress by highlighting areas of strength and weakness under performance conditions to help guide students in their development.

The feedback provided can confirm issues previously identified by the teacher and also introduce areas for improvement and further study. Each successful candidate receives an official certificate recognising their achievement. This certificate is a tangible reminder of a milestone achieve and a source of great pride. AMEB’s qualifications provide a national benchmark and are recognised across Australia and internationally.

Most students completing exams are not necessarily on their way to becoming professional musicians or actors. That being said, there is overwhelming evidence demonstrating that childhood music and speech education leads to well-rounded, high performing adults across all fields. For students to set and then achieve a goal such as an exam, they are learning the value of hard work, discipline, and the incredible feats they are capable of in their lives ahead.

Let your friends know - limited Studio vacancies for Term 2

Have you or someone you live with always wanted to sing?  Or play piano or violin? Don’t wait! Gunnedah Conservatorium offers quality music and speech and drama instruction for all ages.

We have some great spots available in our vocal studios for Term 2 with sought after afternoon times available for students from Year 3 and up. We also cater for adult learners. Is musical theatre your love? – Start singing your favourites with us now.

Contact the Gunnedah Conservatorium office on 6742 3998 to enrol and secure a spot for Term 2. 

Please read the terms and conditions for enrolment and complete the enrolment form for term 2.

Forms can be returned to admin@gunnedahconservatorium.com
or pop into the office to return and discuss enrolment. 

*Enrolment form for 2021

*Terms and Conditions 2021

Visiting Artist Program

Gunnedah Conservatorium presents an annual Visting Artist program, featuring leading musicians across a range of musical styles and genres. 
  • Saturday June 12, 2021 - Nexas Quartet 
        Get to know the Nexas Quartet here!

Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased from TRYBOOKING

Gunnedah Eisteddfod 2021

The Gunnedah Eisteddfod is back for 2021, and all events will be held live.

Key dates: 
Instrumental: Thursday 20 May 
Music: Thursday May 27 to Saturday May 29
Speech & Drama: Tuesday June 1 to Friday June 4
Dance: Friday June 18 to Sunday June 20 

The Gunnedah Eisteddfod is the town’s cultural exhibition in Music, Instrumental, Speech & Drama and Dance. The Gunnedah Eisteddfod has long been recognised as “the friendly eisteddfod” with many performers from around the north west and beyond, travelling to be a part of this rewarding competition. The Gunnedah Eisteddfod has always been regarded as far more than a competition, with many friendships and bonds strengthened over the years.

Even if you are not participating in the Eisteddfod it is a great opportunity to see other students perform across all performing art forms.

Programs for the Eisteddfod can be viewed below: 

*Music Program 2021

*Instrumental Program 2021 

*Speech and Drama Program 2021

Encore on the Big Screen

Wednesday 12 May, St Mary's College presents Encore on the Big Screen at The Civic.
This is a must-see for students considering studying music at HSC level and will show performances from the best music students in the state.
St Mary's College HSC music students, Shania and Yasmin, will be performing from 6.15pm.
CANDY BAR available

Creative Kids Voucher

Parents and guardians of school-aged children can apply for the $100 voucher through Service NSW to use at Gunnedah Conservatorium.  
These vouchers assist students to access important learning experiences, such as music and drama lessons which are central in helping young people to enrich their learning experiences and build important social and critical thinking skills. 

To claim your voucher please follow these steps: 

STEP 1: Go to SERVICE NSW - Click this link 


STEP 3: Create a login to access your account

STEP 4: Verify your details wih your ID

STEP 5: Verify your child’s details with a Medicare card

STEP 6: Provide basic information about the activity you are enrolling in. 

STEP 7: Receive your voucher number

If you have any questions, please phone the office on 6742 3998 

Emma Pask Quartet impresses

What a great night we had for the opening of the Gunnedah Conservatorium's 2021 Visiting Artist Program with the Emma Pask Quartet on Sarturday 10 April.

Thank you to all the friends and families of the Conservatorium who attended.

Emma was joined by Kevin Hunt on the Piano, Brett Hirst on Bass and Tim Geldens on Drums and we had great feedback from the audience at the end of the night.

Congratulations to the students from St Mary's College band who completed a workshop in the afternoon with Emma and the Quartet, opened the evening show and and also joined the quartet on stage for to close the first half of the show with 'Route 66' 

"Thank you to St Mary's Music Teacher Emma Kersley for supporting this opportunity for her students. The timing was tricky - in the middle of the school holidays - but Emma Kersley and the students put in the effort and the result spoke for itself," said Conservatorium Director Rebecca Ryan.

"They opened the show with two great songs which had everyone in the mood for a great night of music. And then they came back on stage and showed us what they'd learned about improvisation and the blues during the workshop and the preparation work with Ms Kersley.

"We love to give students workshop opportunities and this was perfect because we all get to see the result of that hard work. I hope that we can follow this format more often so that we are linking our talented visiting artists with our promising young Gunnedah musicians."

Tim Freedman and those Civic chairs

Tim Freedman did not disappoint at his sell-out concert at The Civic on 30 April. This was a shift for the Conservatorium, offering a contemporary artist whose tour would nornally be limited to larger venues in neighbouring towns and it was great to see so many people come and enjoy new music and some Whitlam classics from Freedman.
The concert came about as a result of the positive relationship with  Harbour Agency and we hope this will continue to bring a new element to our annual visiting artists program.
Following the concert there was much frivolity in the foyer with Freedman meeting with fans for photographs and to sign merchanise.
Reports from local hotels and restaurants was also positive with many ticket holders taking the opportunity to have a quick dinner prior to the show and contributing positively to the local night time economy.