Specialising in


Small group classes at

Ainslie Arts Centre

About Us

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.

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, 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.
Our Music Classes

All classes include:

  • weekly one or one-and-a-half hour face-to-face small group lessons at Ainslie Arts Centre over a term, at a specified regular time; and 

  • weekly online delivery of course content via class forums over a term, available 24/7 asynchronously, for ongoing support and interaction.


Mondays 11:15am NEW | Mondays 7pm  NEW | Tuesdays 6pm CONTINUING | Tuesdays 7pm NEW

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. 


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.


Fridays 9:30am

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. 


Schedule TBC

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.

Term Dates

Term 1 2020

Monday 3 February - Thursday 9 April 2020

Term 2 2020

Monday 27 April - Friday 3 July 2020

Term 3 2020

Monday 20 July - Friday 25 September 2020

Term 4 2020

Monday 12 October - Friday 18 December 2020

No classes on Public Holidays.

"Music is for every single person that walks the planet." 
- Robert Plant
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Music Classes Canberra acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work, live and learn. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.