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Tuition and Lesson Information


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Tuition and Lesson Information


Learning Music at the RCM

The RCM offers a wide range of tuition in most musical instrument and vocal styles. Students can learn at school or at the RCM's main campus. Remote students can also access RCM teachers using Video-conferecning including Skype and H323 conferencing systems.

For school leavers, the RCM is working with the Central Queensland University to offer a Diploma of Music. This is equivalent to the first year of a Bachelor of Music and allows Riverina music students to study music at a tertiary level without leaving home. Click the click on this page to learn more about the RCM-CQU Diploma of Music.

Did you know that Albert Einstein was a keen musician and accredited much of his ability to think and solve problems to the skills he gained from learning and playing music?

Did you know that Albert Einstein was a keen musician and accredited much of his ability to think and solve problems to the skills he gained from learning and playing music?

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Enrolment


Enrolment


Enrolment

All students must be an enrolled member in order to commence lessons at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music. 

To begin the enrolment process you will first need to speak to the Head of the Department or the teacher to determine your lessons requirements. To make an enquiry visit the RCM website go to Enrolment and click on the Make an Enquiry link, or call the RCM Office who can forward your enquiry for you.

If you are not already an enrolled member then you will need to complete an Enrolment Form.

Enrolment forms are available from the RCM office, your teacher or on the link on this page. You can submit your enrolment form via the web link, mail, fax or by visiting the RCM office during business hours.

Once you have completed and submitted your enrolment form the RCM’s admin team will process your enrolment and issue you with an invoice for the tuition fees.  Your payment of this invoice will complete the enrolment process.

Please note:- it is a condition of enrolment that fees must be paid in advance or lessons may not commence nor will you be able to participate in any RCM ensemble.

If fees are unpaid a student is deemed to not be an active enrolled student. RCM teachers are not permitted to teach students who are not enrolled. Your teacher may refuse to teach you or your child until fees have been paid. 

Enrolling at the RCM is very easy. There are normally vacancies in every department and the instrument/ vocal area of your choice. Enrolment is a staged process that involves several simple steps:

  1. Complete and enrolment enquiry detailing your preferred area of musical study.
  2. the Head of Department for that area will contact you as soon as possible to discuss the options for you or your child in relation to your instrument/ vocal choice.
  3. You will be provided with an RCM enrolment form which needs to be completed, printed and signed. You can either email the scanned enrolment form to admin@rivconmusic.org.au or deliver it in person to the RCM office on CSU South Campus, Wagga Wagga. Alternatively, you can fax the enrolment from to (02) 6925 4120.
  4. In order for your enrolment to be completed, you need to either make a full payment of the Term's fees in advance or make arrangement for a payment plan with the RCM Head of Finance and Administration. You may contact the Head of Finance on (02) 6925 3522. 
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Ensembles


The Riverina Conservatorium of Music offers a wide range of ensemble opportunities to all students, amateur adults and professional musicians. See below for a full list of the RCM's ensembles

Ensembles


The Riverina Conservatorium of Music offers a wide range of ensemble opportunities to all students, amateur adults and professional musicians. See below for a full list of the RCM's ensembles

The Riverina Conservatorium of Music believes that participating in a musical ensemble greatly enhances the music education experience. For many people, participating in an ensemble is the primary reason for learning music. The RCM offers a wide range of ensembles for all members of our community regardless of their age or musical ability. 

The RCM also offers professional opportunities for staff and local professional musicians to engage in nationally recognised performance ensembles.

 

String Department Ensembles

  • Little Fiddlers
  • Junior Strings
  • Community String Orchestra
  • Riverina Community Orchestra (Occasional)

Professional String Ensemble

  • Riverina Chamber Orchestra (professional musicians only)
  • Riverina Piano Trio

Guitar Department Ensembles

  • Rock Band
  • Guitarists' Breakfast

Professional Contemporary Music Ensemble

  • Meredith and the CONMen

Woodwind and Brass Department Ensembles

Professional Woodwind Ensembles

School Band Programs facilitated by the RCM

Vocal Department Ensembles

  • Riverina Songbirds
  • Senior Student Choir
  • RCM Aboriginal Choir
  • Minor Details
  • Murrumbidgee Magic
  • Cantilena Singers
  • RCM Performance Choir (by audition only)

School Choir Programs facilitated by the RCM

  • Tolland Public School Choir
  • Wagga Christian College Year 4 Choir Program
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RCM Scholarship and Bursary Program


Click Here to make a contribution to the RCM's Scholarship and Bursary Fund

RCM Scholarship and Bursary Program


Click Here to make a contribution to the RCM's Scholarship and Bursary Fund

Scholarships

The Riverina Conservatorium of Music aims to reward excellence in performance through its scholarship program and all enrolled students are eligible to audition each year. In October each year, the RCM awards over $20,000 of scholarships to worthy students. All scholarships are sponsored by the community with individual, corporate and government donors. 

Scholarships are competitive and are awarded in a variety of instrumental and vocal categories representing the diverse range of instruments and musical styles taught at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music.

Professional music performers and educators who recognise the value of supporting emerging musical talent are appointed as adjudicators. They select scholarship winners from auditions held on the RCM Scholarship Day which takes place early in Term IV each year. Students are nominated by their teachers to apply for the scholarship program.

Scholarships are awarded in the following areas:

  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • Woodwind
  • Brass
  • Strings
  • Guitar
  • Contemporary & Traditional Vocal Performance
  • Over 25s
  • Dr Ray King Scholarship

If you are interested in being a part of the RCM's scholarship program contact the Director on 6925 3522.

Bursaries

In addition to the RCM's Scholarship Program, students are also eligible to apply for financial support through the RCM's Bursary Program. Bursaries are means tested and are designed to support students who may have to stop lessons due to financial constraints. 

Bursaries can also be applied for to support additional learning for student where multiple programs are already being studies. For example; a student may eligible for a bursary if they are learning the flute, but due to financial constraints participating in the concert band is not possible.


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Piano Accompaniment


The RCM offers students and community musicians access to highly skilled and experienced piano accompanists. Accomapanists are available for recitals, eisteddfods, examinations and other performance events.

Piano Accompaniment


The RCM offers students and community musicians access to highly skilled and experienced piano accompanists. Accomapanists are available for recitals, eisteddfods, examinations and other performance events.

Piano Accompaniment

Tokens cannot be refunded or “reissued”

Piano accompanists for all vocalists and instrumentalists:

Carmel Ryan

* Carmel Ryan - Mob 0411 201 455

* Rowena Grosfeld - Mob 0414 681 539

* Geoffrey Xeros - Mob 0418 693 590 

* Joanne Burrows - Mob 0409 562233

* Andrew Hey - Mob

* Marie-Cecile Henderson

Fees and Tokens below apply for all RCM staff asked to assist and or accompany performances for Exams, HSC, Eisteddfods, Scholarships.

Please submit music to accompanist allowing for preparation time.

Late submission of music may result in either a double fee for accompaniment or inability for accompanist to provide the service.

Click here to see full piano accompaniment prices

For further information CLICK HERE or contact Joanne Burrows RCM Head of Keyboard  Mob 04709 562 23

Email: jburrows@rivconmusic.org.au 

Distance Learning


Distance Learning


Learning Music by Distance

Once upon a time if there was no music teacher in your town, learning music from a professional teacher was impossible. The Riverina Conservatorium beats the tyranny of distance through the ouse of state of the art video-conferencing equipment that allows remotely located students to access the RCM teacher of their choose with no need to travel. 

Utilising both H323 Video-conferencing and Skype, students need only have a PC, Mac, iPad or iPhone to have music lessons. 

Currently, the RCM teaches many students who live hundreds of kilometres from Wagga Wagga. For some students the only access to a music teacher is through video-conferenced music lessons via the RCM. Students are located in remote communities such as Deniliquin, Bega, Young, Tumbarumba and Coolamon.

In many cases the RCM works with partnered Regional Conservatoriums. However, many other students are able to learn at school utilising specialist equipment already installed at the school. Please speak with your school to find out if your school has access to video-conferencing equipment.

For more information about learning music via distance please make a student enquiry to contact the RCM. Nowhere is too far away!