From the rawest of beginners to the most experienced and talented musicians, everyone can do with a lending of the right hand.



The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB)
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.
More info here.

The Australian Music Teachers Register
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.
More info here.

Churchlands Senior High School
Churchlands Senior High School offers a Gifted & Talented Music Program now being 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.
More info here.

The Department of Education (DET)
The 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. The Department of 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.
More info here.

John Curtin College of the Arts (JCCA)
JCCA 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.
More info here.

Lakeland Senior High School
Lakeland Senior High School offers a Music Technology Program widely regarded as best practice in music technology and contemporary music production. The program is designed to create recording artists and music industry professionals of the future. Students selected into the program learn to use and apply the most up to date music industry technologies. The Year 7 to Year 12 program is designed for both tertiary and vocational bound students with a strong aptitude for music and/or the technologies essential to the modern day music industry. Students will experience all aspects of the modern music industry including performance, recording, sound editing for film and music, mastering of music technologies (hardware and software) and the application of information technology.
More info here.

Northlake Senior Campus
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.
More info here.

Perth Modern School
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.
More info here.

Rossmoyne Senior High School
Since 2009 Rossmoyne Senior High School has been designated as a Department of Education secondary school specialising in classical music.

More info here.

Fremantle College
Fremantle College offers a specialist contemporary music program with instrumental lessons, bands and ensembles, access to digital recording facilities in its Calvert Music Centre.

More info here.


Berklee College of Music
Berkeley College of Music is an award-winning online extension school of Berklee College of Music, USA. Berklee College of Music has the world’s largest collection of online music courses and multi-course certificate programs, covering all areas of music business, music production, performance, song-writing, and more. You can also try out sample units free of charge at, and visit WAM’s Member Benefits page for information on claiming discounts.
More info here.

North Metro Tafe Music Progam
Whether it’s performing, song-writing, management, studio recording or technologies, you can learn about the contemporary music industry from certificate through to diploma level at the Leederville Campus.
More info here.

South Regional Tafe Music Program
Music industry courses from certificate to diploma at the Denmark campus offer students the opportunity to pick up firsthand the skills needed to be an independent working musician.

More info here.

North Regional Tafe Music Program
North Regional Tafe 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 song-writing, recording and sound engineering we offer something for anyone who has ever wanted to get a head start in this thriving Industry.
More info here.

Lab Six
Lab Six aim to create a thriving electronic music community in Perth and inspire the next generation of music producers and DJs. Using the latest industry standard equipment they cater to students of all ages, capabilities and will help you reach your goals in DJing and Electronic Music Production.
More info here.

Murdoch University
Murdoch University offers a Sound course focusing on the theory and practice of contemporary sound design and production across all areas of media.
More info here.

Open Universities Australia
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.
More info here.

SAE Institute Perth
SAE Institute Perth is within walking distance of the CBD and is a fun, dynamic and creative learning environment. The campus has a welcoming student community, great guest lectures and seminars with renowned industry leaders and outstanding professional development opportunities, including working alongside leading industry professionals.
More info here.

Tertiary institutions Service Centre (TISC)
The 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. More info here.

UWA Conservatorium of Music
The UWA Conservatorium 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.
More info here.

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
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, fine-tune your skills or even learn some new ones.

Westside Music College
Westside Music College is a world-class provider of both face-to-face and online courses in music production, DJing, singing and vocal arts, sound design, audio engineering, song-writing and composition, music business, and more.
More info here.


West Australian Music Teachers Association (WAMTA)
The 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.
More info here. 


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. Abmusic is Based near Curtin University in Karawara.
More info here.

Australian Music Centre (AMC)
At the AMC music students and teachers can discover, research and learn about the music of Australian composers and sound artists.
More info

Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. (AMTA)
The AMTA is a member of the World Federation of Music Therapy, 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.
More info here.

Hear the Music Play
Hear The Music Play is run by Penni Sears and has added other specialists as the site has grown, working to simply provide the best instrument picks, regardless of affiliate or advertising potential. Hear The Music Play does not accept free product or compensation for specific product placement.
More info here.

iTunes U
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.
Find iTunes U here.

Music Australia
Music Australia is a not for profit national umbrella body and champion for all music. Music Australia work independently and with members and partners to stimulate and promote the value of music, school music education, sector professional development and public engagement. They provide advocacy and information services to strengthen music in Australia, and run projects including Australia’s largest school music program Music: Count Us In; and a contemporary music industry conference.
More info here.

The State Library of Western Australia (SLWA)
The 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.
More info here.

Western Australia Youth Orchestra (WAYO – formerly WA Youth Music)
WAYO 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. More info here.

The West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO)
WAYJO gives 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.
More info here.