ADULT MUSIC EDUCATION
Small group classes
at Ainslie Arts Centre
COMMITTED TO ADULT LEARNING
Group classes are a fantastic way of learning music - for developing skills, knowledge and enjoyment - by giving students the benefits of participation, discourse, observation, connection and building a valuable social network amongst other music enthusiasts. Developed especially for adult students, these classes provide an engaging creative and collaborative group platform, that also recognise and emphasise individual student goals and progress.
All our music classes include:
one-hour face-to-face collaborative group lessons*, scheduled at a regular weekly time over a term; and
online student forums providing class recaps and extra tips and info, available continuously for ongoing support.
*Face-to-face classes are usually held at Ainslie Arts Centre, however due to the centre undergoing building works classes will continue virtually in Term 3.
Mondays 11:15am | Tuesdays 6pm | Tuesdays 7pm
For absolute beginners, Piano 101 introduces students to easy, logical and step-by-step ways to gain familiarity with the piano, by providing the foundations for both the physical aspects of playing and following a written score.
Mondays 10am | Mondays 12:15pm | Mondays 5pm ADVANCED | Mondays 6pm | Fridays 11:15am
For students with some experience who can already read and play from a score, Piano 201 focuses on improving technique, developing literacy, musical and performance skills, and building a solo and duet repertoire.
MUSIC READING & THEORY
Wednesdays 11:00am INTERMEDIATE
For beginner to intermediate students, Music Reading & Theory is run at two levels. Entry level covers basic note reading, and the foundations of rhythm, melody and harmony; the next level builds on foundational theory and delves deeper into the elements of music.
COMPOSITION & ARRANGING
For students with prior theory knowledge, Composition & Arranging explores the language of music through applied score analysis, investigation of form and compositional technique, and how to arrange and write music.
For anyone interested in indigenous, folk and non-Western classical musical styles, World Music looks at ancient and traditional music from Asia, South America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, Africa and other regions around the world.
"Music is for every single person that walks the planet."
- Robert Plant
Music Classes Canberra is independently run by award-winning composer and pianist, Rasa Daukus. An experienced and dedicated music educator, Rasa is passionate about teaching music creatively. She has taught tertiary level music as well as absolute beginners, written numerous collections of educational piano works for students, created music content for online, virtual and physical learning platforms, served as university lecturer, subject convener and curriculum adviser, presenter, adjudicator, and on the board of the Music Teachers' Association.
Before taking up an artist residency at Ainslie Arts Centre, Rasa was the Director of Music at the University of Canberra for four years, where she developed an innovative and highly successful practical group-focussed music tuition program for continuing adult education. These classes are modelled on that program.
Rasa is grateful to David Tattersall, the Director of Music at the University of Canberra before her, for initiating community music at UC and getting her started exploring the class format.
"Rasa skilfully creates an encouraging, respectful and mind-expanding learning environment using inventive techniques that call on everybody’s abilities and challenge and reward her students."
- Lyn R.
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Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon ACT 2612