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Throughout the year, WAM offers the Schools Alive program – offering school visits to demonstrate and discuss music career avenues. WAM Workshops is a series of professional music industry development & networking opportunities. The WAM Regional program also offers regional & remote workshops, focusing annually on specific regions. We also promote a range of WAM and external learning opportunities through our free eNews.
Please note that WAM is not a training organisation, however please find below a list of great places to learn an instrument, to sing, how to write songs and more:
musicteacherswa.org.au: The West Australian Music Teachers Association (WAMTA) is the professional association for private studio music teachers. Though generally more classical in focus, advice given on Selecting a Music Teacher is recommended reading.
amtr.com.au: The Australian Music Teachers Register is a place for music teachers, accompanists and students to meet. It’s free to search the database and for music teachers and accompanists to register.
sim.iinet.net.au : The Department of Education’s School of Instrumental Music (SIM) services over 400 primary and secondary Western Australian Government schools through consultancy, instrumental instruction and ensemble direction, staffing allocation and management, an instrumental loan, maintenance and repair service, a resource centre and more. SIM offer guides on Buying a Musical Instrument and some links to Commercial Suppliers.
det.wa.edu.au/giftedandtalented : The Department of Education (DET) offers Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) public secondary school programs, including as Music (John Curtin College of the Arts, & Churchlands Senior High School) and Music Theatre (John Curtin College of the Arts). Limited places in GATE programs are offered each year, and applications generally close early in the year.
det.wa.edu.au/education : Offers details on all public and private schools in WA, including lists by region. If you are looking for a private school offering music scholarships, this is also a good starting point.
churchlands.wa.edu.au : Churchlands Senior High School Gifted & Talented Music Program is now one of the state’s largest and most successful music programs, with graduates working in leading and principal positions in most high-profile national arts organisations. To enter any level of the music program, students must complete tests and auditions.
jc.wa.edu.au : John Curtin College of the Arts offers Gifted & Talented programs in Music, Music Theatre and more. Areas of study include solo performances, composition/arrangement techniques, aural perception and music literature analysis and more.
northlake.wa.edu.au : Northlake Senior Campus offers WACE Music Industry units. The mainstream campus caters for students aged 16 and over who want to complete Year 11 and 12. There’s no catchment area, so anyone can to attend the campus – mature age students are very welcome.
perthmodernschool.det.wa.edu.au: Perth Modern School is an academically-selective co-educational public high school located in Subiaco, with a specialised music program for students in Years eight to twelve.
rossmoyne.wa.edu.au: Since 2009, Rossmoyne Senior High School has been designated as a Department of Education secondary school specialising in classical music.
sfshs.com: South Fremantle Senior High School offers students from Years 8-12 with musical ability a specialist music program. Students perform, produce and record in the magnificent Calvert Music Centre equipped with rehearsal rooms, keyboard laboratory, digital recording studio and auditorium. The students’ track “Fingertips Out of Reach” was nominated in the 2008 WAM Song of the Year Awards.
abmusic.org.au : Based near Curtin University in Karawara, Abmusic is a training organisation supporting and nurturing indigenous Australian musicians by providing the skills and knowledge necessary for entry into the competitive music industry.
austmta.org.au: The Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. (AMTA) is a member of the World Federation of Music Therapy and the Music Council of Australia, offering support and professional development for Registered Music Therapists, and general membership to anyone with an interest in music therapy. They also list accredited music therapy courses across Australia.
central.wa.edu.au: The Centre of Music Industry Training (CMIT) is part of the Central TAFE campus in Leederville. Whether it’s performing, songwriting, mangement, studio recording or technologies, you can learn about the contemporary music industry from certificate through to diploma level. Evening Short Courses in music business, production and performance are also available.
gsinstitute.wa.edu.au: The Great Southern Institute of Technology (GSIT) Denmark campus offers music industry courses from certificate to diploma. The Music Industry Training in Denmark offers students the opportunity to pick up firsthand the skills needed to be an independent working musician.
kti.wa.edu.au: Kimberley Training Institute (KTI) offers a wide range of Music Industry Courses catering to the diversity of this exciting Industry. From learning how to play an instrument, gigging and touring through to songwriting, recording and sound engineering we offer something for anyone who has ever wanted to get a head start in this thriving Industry.
tisc.edu.au: The Tertiary institutions Service Centre (TISC) generally handles University applications, and advertises application deadlines. They also administer the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) which allows for mature age entry into university.
murdoch.edu.au/Courses/Sound:Murdoch University offers a Sound course focusing on the theory and practice of contemporary sound design and production across all areas of media.
music.uwa.edu.au: The UWA School of Music is part of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of WA, predominately teaching classical genres, and Primary or Secondary Music Education. UWA also offer Short Courses, Open Lectures and Online Learning through UWA Extension.
waapa.ecu.edu.au : The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) is part of Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Mount Lawley. With courses covering performance, composition, management, sound & production, WAAPA is recognised as providing the most comprehensive range of performing arts training in Australia. WAAPA covers Classical, Jazz, and Contemporary music genres, as well as Secondary Music Education.
Explore WAAPA also offers Short Course and Single Study options, enabling you to get a taste of what the Academy has to offer, finetune your skills or even learn some new ones.
berkleemusic.com : Advance your career with Berkleemusic, the award-winning online extension school of Berklee College of Music, USA. Berkleemusic has the world’s largest collection of online music courses and multi-course certificate programs, covering all areas of music business, music production, performance, songwriting, and more. You can also try out sample units free of charge at berkleeshares.com, and visit WAM’s Member Benefits page for information on claiming discounts.
open.edu.au : Not able to get to a campus? Open Universities Australia offers online higher education, allowing for flexible learning schedules that can fit your lifestyle. A number of music related units are available, offered through recognised tertiary institutions across Australia.
apple.com/au/apps/itunes-u : Part of Apple’s iTunes store, iTunes U is an online learning resource, offering free educational content users can download straight to computer, iPad, iPod or iPhone. Universities, Colleges and K-12 Schools can design and freely distribute units or complete courses – featuring audio, video, books and other content through an iTunes app.
ameb.uwa.edu.au : The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) performance & theory grades are internationally recognised, and endorsed by the Curriculum Council of Western Australia, so WA secondary school students can use music exam results towards their West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). AMEB offers many music Instrument, Voice, Ensemble and Music Theory study levels. The Contemporary Popular Music syllabus includes Voice, Guitar, Bass, Keyboard and Drum Kit. Some written music grade exams are now available online – you can try a free sample at amebexams.edu.au
wayma.asn.au: The WA Youth Orchestras Association (WAYMA – formerly WA Youth Music) is a non-for-profit community organisation whose purpose is to offer young people quality musical experiences through unique performance opportunities, thereby creating an environment in which they can achieve their musical potential.
wayjo.com: Established in 1983, the purpose of West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) is to give young jazz musicians aged 14 to 25 the training to play at a professional standard, to perform alongside award-winning local and international guest artists. A unique hothouse for Australia’s young jazz musicians, WAYJO provides the bridge from aspiring school musician to professional working musician.
slwa.wa.gov.au/find/guides/music: The State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) offers one of the largest public music lending libraries in Australia, with all genres of music from classical to rock collected. Over 70,000 scores and pieces of sheet music are available for loan. The Western Australian Music Collection is also available as part of this collection.
australianmusiccentre.com.au : At the Australian Music Centre (AMC), music students and teachers can discover, research and learn about the music of Australian composers and sound artists.
musicaustralia.org: Developed by the National Library of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive and other cultural institutions across the nation, discover a rich store of information on Australian music, musicians, organisations and services at Music Australia. Music Australia includes many different types of resources, such as music scores, sound recordings, websites and a range of other music-related material.