The dates of the last Junior Summer School – January 10 to 13, 2018.

Wednesday January 10  9:10am – 12:20pm.
Thursday January 11     9:25am – 12:20pm.
Friday January 12         9:25am – 12:20pm.
Saturday January 13     1:20pm – 4:30pm and the Finale concert – the arrival time is 5:15pm

Ascham School Music Department,
188 New South Head Rd, Edgecliff, Sydney.

The Junior Guitar Summer School is suitable for young guitarists from approximately 8 to 14, who are already undertaking classical guitar tuition and have their own nylon string guitar. Attendees will work from standard music notation as members of an ensemble, and during workshops and music games. The course will develop sight-reading and aural skills in a fun and stimulating environment. It is approximately 3 hours a day on four consecutive days.

Minimum Level:
Reading music notation in the first position of the guitar fretboard.

The first session of each day will be chamber music. Players will work together on ensemble skills including balancing accompaniment lines against the melody, cueing, effective use of dynamics and rhythmic skills. This ensemble will perform at the Summer School Finale concert.

Participants are encouraged to bring a solo guitar piece to the summer school. They will have the opportunity to play in an open lesson for one of the summer school tutors.

Thirty-minute sessions will use rounds, layering of parts, improvisation using 4 note pentatonic scales and rhythm games to develop aural perception and expand knowledge of the fretboard.

Guitarists should bring their own instrument and foot stand. Music stands will be provided.

The 2019 four-day Junior Summer School brochure will be available in June

For more information please contact:

  • Christopher Keane (02) 9389 6782
  • Raffaele Agostino (02) 9453 3113

Junior Summer School notes.

FINALE CONCERT (Free admission)
Saturday January 13, 5:30pm,
Packer Theatre, Ascham School.
All participants in both the Junior and Five-day schools will perform as members of chamber groups in this concert. This is the conclusion to all the rehearsals and the summer school itself. (Estimated finishing time is 7:10pm.)

  • There is an Early Bird discount – please see the brochure                                                            
  • Students are expected to attend each day and play in the Finale concert.
  • Sheet music will be handed out at the summer school and used each day. It can be taken home for practice. Bring a display folder for this music.
  • Guitarists should bring their own instrument and footstand.
  • Please put names on guitar cases and footstands, as many of these look exactly the same.
  • Music stands will be provided.
  • Morning tea is provided – cordial, tea, coffee and biscuits. Please inform us of any food allergies.
  • We require all participants to stay within sight of the Packer Theatre during any breaks.
    On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the young guitarists should be picked up from the foyer of the Packer Theatre at 12:20pm. They will be signed off.
  • Due to privacy regulations, taking photos or videos of U/18s cannot be permitted.
  • Refund policy. The Sydney Guitar Summer School will refund in full your fees if you cancel your application by Friday December 29, 2017. After this date we will have planned and budgeted for the summer school and will not be in a financial position to give refunds.

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What’s On This Month

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at 2pm – at our regular venue – Crows Nest Uniting Church Hall,cnr Shirley Rd and Nicholson St, Wollstonecraft. There will be a playing list so please bring your guitar and your best-prepared work.  Please try to keep performances down to 5 minutes as a courtesy to others and so that everybody gets a go.

The next CGS monthly radio broadcast will be presented live to air on Saturday 17th February 2018 at 6.00 pm on Fine Music 102.5 FM.
You can also listen online at: http://www.finemusicfm.com
(NOTE: Our program is not currently broadcast on the digital wireless channel).

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