Music Development Program

The Music Development Program is available to all ACT students in Years 7-12 and consists of two components (students may enrol in either or both). Enrolment in the Theory/Aural Skills program is subject to availability in an appropriate group. Enrolment in the Chamber Music program is subject to availability of an appropriate ensemble.

  1. Theory/Aural Skills: A streamed program catering for students at various levels (placement is based on a short entry exam). In groups of 10-15, students receive 30min of music theory and 30min of aural skills tuition per week. MDP students who successfully complete this program may be offered credit towards a Bachelor of Music degree at ANU.
  2. Chamber Music and Choir (Vocal Fry): Each semester our excellent ensemble tutors work with different ensembles (an example list is given below). When requesting admission to this program, students will be asked for their top 3 choices of ensembles which are expected to be available for the coming semester. Ensemble availability is subject to enrolment. All students must take individual lessons on their instrument (signed letter from private teacher is required by the 3rd week of rehearsals). Ensembles have multiple opportunities for performances each semester, both at ANU and throughout the ACT (including regular performances at embassies).

Chamber Music ensembles for 2016 are:

  • String quartet
  • String trio
  • Small string orchestra
  • Piano trio (violin, ‘cello, piano)
  • Piano quartet (violin, viola, ‘cello, piano)
  • Piano 4-hands
  • Percussion ensemble
  • Jazz combo
  • Classical guitar ensemble
  • Woodwind ensemble
  • Mixed chamber ensemble
  • Chamber Choir 
  • Brass Ensemble


» Find out more about applying to the Music Development Program

Additional information

Library access

All Open School of Music students may apply for a library card, which entitles them to borrowing rights at the Art & Music Library located within the School of Art.

Student progress

The musical development and technical progress of individual students is of utmost importance to the staff.

Depending on the area, student progress is monitored in a variety of ways. These include the weekly classes, regular performances and technical assessments. Instrumental students are encouraged to develop confidence and enjoyment in performing.


The University’s policy on “Children within the Workplace” states that “in instances where a child or adolescent person is brought to the workplace by their parent or other adult, the de facto supervisor is the parent or other adult". This is an important part of minimizing the risk to the child and every effort should be made by his/her supervisor to maintain control of the child’s behaviour and location while on campus to minimise risk to the safety or health of the child.

The University cannot provide child-minding arrangements for students. Students visiting the School of Music must be properly supervised before and after their classes. Students should arrive at their designated music room at the scheduled start time of their class and be collected immediately after the scheduled finish time. Students and supervisors should also remain aware that the School of Music is an educational institution where students and teachers are undertaking serious study, and ensure students behave appropriately.


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The Open School of Music thanks it's principal funding partner artsACT.


Updated:  12 June 2013/Responsible Officer:  Head, School of Music/Page Contact:  Development Officer