Music + Education



Celebrate Make Music Day on June 22

Join Gunnedah Conservatorium for Make Music Day on Sunday 21 June @ 11am when we stream one of our early childhood music classes.
At 11am head to the Gunnedah Conservatorium Facebook page for a replay of one of our Early Childhood Music lessons recorded during COVID lockdown.
If you have ever wondered what happens in an early childhood music class, grab some percussion instruments, sit down with or without children and enjoy 30 minutes of music and movement.
Gunnedah Conservatorium has just announced its classes for Term 3 and so this is the perfect time to join in and see what these classes are all about with our 2019 ARIA nominated Music Teacher of the Year Julia Rennick.

While we will be return to face to face lesson at the Conservatorium, these session are available via video conference to preschools and schools.

PLUS - our students have collaborated with Gunnedah Shire Council and other local musicians for a video that will be streamed on The Civic page on Make Music Day. Click here for The Civic Facebook page.

Make Music Day with Musica Viva

Join Musica Viva In Schools ensemble Water, Water, Everywhere for a very special performance to commemorate Make Music Day! Celebrated in more than 1000 cities across 120 countries, Make Music Day is the world's largest music event, aiming to spread goodwill through music.

Based on music by Grammy Award-winning composer Tan Dun, Water, Water, Everywhere create a sonic world with water and an array of percussion instruments. With a focus on sustainability, Water, Water, Everywhere invites us to appreciate the impact that water has on our lives.

Celebrate Make Music Day with us on Sunday 21 June, 3pm AEST and get a taste of our online concerts! The concert is open to all including teachers, students, parents and anyone else wishing to join in at home.

To view the concert, register here to receive the link.  

New Professional Development for Stage 1 Teachers

Our Early Childhood Teacher Julia Rennick and guitar teacher Joel Pickett are currently developing a new six-week course, Guitar for the Stage 1 Classroom.

The course is designed to assist classroom teachers develop their guitar knowledge and playing skills to incorporate music in the Stage 1 classroom.

The course will run from Week 3-8 at 6-7:30pm with NESA accreditdation at Proficient Level.

Beginner Guitar for the Stage 1 Classroom – 6 weeks $180

So many young children are singing and/or performing now to backing tracks. Playing guitar for your students to accompany them live is an engaging and powerful tool. The guitar is a portable instrument that can be used in the classroom, outside in the playground and face to face with your students.

This course will teach you some basic chords and basic musical notation. This will allow you to play age appropriate children's songs, introduce you to guitar fundamentals and musicianship; including musical concepts such as beat and rhythm which are requirements of the K-6 Creative Arts syllabus.

When integrated daily into the classroom, there are many benefits gained through music including:

  • Reducing feelings of anxiety and stress in the classroom.
  • Helping children regulate their emotions.
  • Improving concentration and on-task behaviour.
  • Enhancing the way children can process language and speech.
Please phone 6742 3998 to register

Music Mentorship for Early Childhood Music

A unique opportunity exists for a motivated and interested Early Childhood Educator to participate in a Mentorship with Gunnedah Conservatorium and their Early Childhood Music Teacher Julia Rennick.

The successful applicant should:

  • Have an early childhood education qualification (or be working towards),
  • Play an instrument with the ability to read music,
  • Have a confident, tuneful singing voice.
  • Have the ability to use movement/dance as a music-teaching tool.
Click here for a full position description and detail on how to apply. Applications close 10 July 2020.

Covid We're Over it! Workshop 18 & 19 July

Following the success of its amateur theatre productions; Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, Chicago and The Narcissist, Gunnedah Conservatorium is putting out the call to local performers to be involved in the development of a new Cabaret Show.


Following the success of its amateur theatre productions; Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, Chicago and The Narcissist, Gunnedah Conservatorium is putting out the call to local performers to be involved in the development of a new Cabaret Show.

Under the working-title “Covid – We’re Over It” Gunnedah Conservatorium is presenting a weekend residency with 
director Kate Gaul and production designer Jasmine Christie.

“We want all of Gunnedah’s creatives to get on board. All comers are invited to participate in this workshop. After the weekend we hope to be well on the way to developing a 2-hour Pop-up Cabaret for the Gunnedah stage,” explained Conservatorium Director Rebecca Ryan

“Where that stage will pop up – we’re not quite sure given the Covid19 restrictions and guidelines so by its very nature we are developing something that has to be quite fluid.”

Ms Ryan said the idea for a cabaret emerged from several different directions at the same time.

“It was an idea that I have had for some time – that cabaret or a review-style show would appeal to the Gunnedah audience and may even be something of interest to the network of small halls,” said Ms Ryan

“At the same time, the Conservatorium’s Saturday Community Choir had been working on a number of popular show tunes and was thinking about ideas for how to develop those songs into a stage show.

“Then Covid19 hit and we watched theatres all over the world shut down over night. Larnie Christie, who directed our last three major productions, had the idea that we could tap into some of those networks to build our local theatre skills. The timing just seemed to be right.”

With funding from Gunnedah Shire Council’s Community Resilience Program, Gunnedah Conservatorium was able to lock in a creative team comprising of Director Kate Gaul and Production Designer and Art Director Jasmine Christie to spend a weekend in Gunnedah to work with local artists.

With no preconceived ideas from the Gunnedah Conservatorium team, these community workshops are open for performers, actors, singers, jugglers, acrobats, musicians, and anyone with a creative flair looking for an outlet. The outcome will be a cabaret show for an adult audience, and recommend participant age is 16 years+

Kate Gaul is a Freelance Theatre Director/Designer. NIDA 1996 (Directing Course), Anne Bogart SITI Company NYC 2005. Associate Director Ensemble Theatre 2004/5. Festival Director World Interplay 2009/11. Festival Director Short Play Festival Canberra 2013 - 2015, Cabaret Sydney 2014, Mardi Gras Parade Creative Director 2015/16. Kate’s directing credits include plays, opera, physical theatre, devised works and classics for theatre companies and schools in Australia. Kate has won numerous awards across the fields of directing and design. She is Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co where her passion is for text-based drama challenges artists and audiences to have bold imaginative experiences. Kate’s play – Fatboy has been produced twice and she has written and directed two short films – Embrace and Cake.

In 2019 Kate produced and directed The Moors (by Jen Silverman) and curated PLAYLIST 2019 both in conjunction with Seymour Centre and Mardi Gras; directed a stage version of Janne Teller’s YA novel Nothing for Blue Cow (Tasmania) and produce the NSW tour of the production. Kate directed a gender bending HMS Pinafore for Hayes Theatre and its NSW tour in 2020 which is nominated for 8 Sydney Theatre Critics Awards.

Jasmine Christie is a Production Designer (Set & Costume) & Art Director who designd live content, strategic events and immersive experiences for brands and other creative businesses. Inspired by art, music, fashion, culture Jasmine describes herself as forever chasing the "drunk and in-love" sensation of theatre reimagined.

Since 2010 Jasmine has worked extensively across theatre, film & television as a designer and stylist for production companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre, Pinchgut Opera, ATYP, NIDA, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Johnsen & Johnsen, the ABC, SBS and Seven Network. She established her creative events company Anamundi Studio in 2018 and is based between Sydney & Byron Bay.

Contact the Con office on 6742 3998 or Rebecca Ryan 0414 805 176 and book in for this free workshop weekend.

When:                  18 -19 July

Where:                Gunnedah Conservatorium

Cost:                      FREE