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Small group classes
Ainslie Arts Centre & Online


Group classes are a fantastic way to learn 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. With courses developed especially for adult students, Music Classes Canberra provides an engaging creative and collaborative group platform, that also recognises and emphasises individual student goals and progress.

Our Classes

All our music classes include:

  • one-hour face-to-face or virtual collaborative group lessons, scheduled at a regular weekly time over a term; and

  • continuous online access to progressive course material and extra tips & info for ongoing support over a term.


Beginner piano classes

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.

Beginner piano lessons for adults


Intermediate and advanced piano classes

For students with some experience who can already read and play from a score, Piano 201 focuses on improving playing and practice technique, developing literacy, musicianship and theory skills, and building repertoire. 

Intermediate piano lessons for adults


Beginner and intermediate theory classes

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.

Music theory classes


Beginner and advancing composition classes

For students with prior theory knowledge, Composition & Arranging  explores the language of music through applied score analysis, investigation of form and compositional technique, and dives into writing and arranging music. 

Learn to compose music


Music appreciation and discovery classes

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.

Learn about word music
Term Dates
Term Dates
Term 1 2024

Monday 29 January - Monday 8 April 2024

Term 2 2024

Monday 29 April - Friday 5 July 2024

Term 3 2024

Monday 22 July - Friday 27 September 2024

Term 4 2024

Monday 14 October - Friday 13 December 2024

Enrolment usually opens 3-4 weeks before a new term. 

"Music is for every single person that walks the planet." 
- Robert Plant
About Us
About Us

Music Classes Canberra is an independent music school specialising in adult music education - offering classes in piano, music reading and theory, composition and arranging, and world music - 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 a 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.
Get in touch
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Ainslie Arts Centre**, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon ACT 2612


**Please note: Ainslie Arts Centre is our main teaching venue, however we don't manage the premises, so cannot assist with room hire.

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