Performance development allowance frequently asked questions

Col Bernau

Guitar

Megan Billing

Oboe

Megan Billing portrait

John Black

Piano

John Black Portrait

Paul Dal Broi

Piano

Paul dal Broi portrait

Carly Brown

Horn

Mr Miroslav Bukovsky

Trumpet

Miroslav Bukovsky portrait

Katherine Day

Piano

Katherine Shiell portrait

Trish Delaney-Brown

Voice

Trish Delaney-Brown portrait

Evan Dorrian

Drums

Marcela Fiorillo

Piano

Marcela Fiorillo portrait

Lyn Fuller

Carillon

Lyn Fuller portrait

Ms Jessica Green

Guitar

James Greening

Trombone

Anthony Heinrichs

Trumpet

Anthony Heinrichs portrait

Ji Young Kim

Piano

Photograph of Pianist Ji Young

Stuart King

Guitar

Stuart King portrait

Minh Le Hoang

Guitar

Minh Le Hoang portrait

Dr Sonya Lifschitz

Piano

Andrew Lorenz

Viola

Andrew Lorenz Portriat

Wendy Lorenz

Piano

Mr James Luke

Bass Guitar

James Luke portrait

Aron Lyon

Guitar

Aron Lyon portrait

Mr John Mackey

Saxophone

Ben Marston

Trumpet

Ben Marston portrait

Mr Max McBride

Double Bass

Max McBride portrait

Richard McIntyre

Bassoon

Richard McIntyre portrait

Dan Mclean

Trumpet

Dan McLean portrait

Dr Paul McMahon

Voice

Paul McMahon

Le-Tuyen Nguyen

Le-Tuyen Nguyen portrait

Mr David Pereira

Cello

Photo of David Pereira

Bjorn Pfeiffer

Tuba

Bjorn Pfeiffer portrait

Colleen Rae-Gerrard

Vocal coaching

Colleen Rae-Gerrard portrait

Zach Raffan

Trumpet

Zach Raffan portrait

Mr Damien Slingsby

Piano

Damien Slingsby portrait

Kiri Sollis

Flute

Mr Greg Stott

Guitar

Mr Mark Sutton

Drums

Mark Sutton portrait

Philip Swanton

Organ

Philip Swanton portrait

Rachael Thoms

Voice

Rachael Thoms

James Williams

Clarinet

James Williams

Mr Matt Withers

Guitar

What is the Performance Development Allowance?

The Performance Development Allowance (PDA) is an allowance of $1,421 per semester provided for each undergraduate student undertaking a performance unit. This allowance can be used to support one-on-one lessons with a teacher, or a range of other approved activites with performance and educational outcomes.

Honours and Postgraduate students majoring in Performance receive $2,131 PDA per semester. 

Am I eligible to receive one-to-one performance tuition?

Students enrolled in Music Performance 1 to 6 have the option, subject to entry by audition, to take one-to-one tuition supported through the PDA. 

Who can I study with?

A list of Performance Teaching Fellows approved to provide one-to-one instrumental or vocal lessons through the PDA system, is available in the above tabs. This list is regularly updated with biographies and contact details. To nominate a teacher who is not already listed, students should contact the School.

Can I stay with my current teacher?

Yes, if your current teacher is already an approved Performance Teaching Fellow. If not, you should contact the School. The University will contact teachers to discuss possible future arrangements

Can I choose my teacher?

All students who have successfully passed a performance audition will be asked to nominate their teacher(s) of choice. Approved Performance Teaching Fellows will have the opportunity to review the audition record of a student and are not obliged to take a student who wishes to study with them.

Can I study an instrument not listed?

In principle, yes. The University will work with students to seek out appropriate teachers. Should a qualified and approved teacher become available the university will discuss possible future arrangements.

Can I study two instruments/voice etc?

The School examines only one area per semester, as such, you will be examined on your nominated instrument / voice (genre specific). While it may be possible to invest your PDA in more than one area, it is highly recommended you focus your tuition to best prepare for your chosen performance direction.

Do I have to take 13 lessons?

No. Students can apply to utilise the PDA funding to achieve a number of educational outcomes. For students in Music Performance 1-4 students must allocate 80% of their PDA to one-to-one or group tuition with one or more teachers.  For students enrolled in Performance 5-6, Honours and Postgraduate coursework performance, the PDA funding can also be used to support attendance at a workshop, conference or summer school, to access specialised training in a piece of music software or hardware, to fund travel to a placement or internship out of Canberra, or to access individual extension in their instrument. All activity is subject to approval by the Performance Convenor.

For all enquiries contact

E som.admin.cass@anu.edu.au
T (02) 6125 5700

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