We offer professional development courses for music professionals, hobbyists and educators who would like to update their skills in modern music technologies. Courses include:
- Live Sound Technologies
- Pro Tools for Musicians
- Creative Music Technologies
- Keyboard for adults.
School experience days
Popular Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Gold Coast
Explore the opportunities of this unique program during our School experience day. Discover what the student experience is like and talk to Bachelor of Popular Music lecturers and current students. School Experience days are run once a year during July and there is no cost to attend. A light luncheon is included. Please note: due to the popularity of these programs, numbers from each school will be strictly limited.
To enquire about the next school experience day, please contact Julie Sutherland
Popular Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Gold Coast
If you're in high school and want a hands-on crash course in popular music, check out Queensland Conservatorium's week-long Rock School. Attend a series of workshops from experts in stagecraft and live sound, song writing, performance and recording, all in our industry-standard, multi-million dollar popular music facilities on our Gold Coast campus.
Learn how to set up a live sound system, and how to use computer music technologies to enhance your creative work. Meet and interact with other talented young musicians, and learn how to use the current conditions of the popular music industry to your advantage.
The five day program culminates in a concert that friends and family may attend, and you'll receive a recording of your work.
How to apply
To apply for a place in the Rock School vacation program, fill in the application form.
The full fee for the week's program for successful applicants is $535 (GST inclusive).
A non-refundable fee of $25 is required at time of application.
Classes are limited to 25 participants, so early applications are advised.
Applications for 2017 have now closed, late applications will not be accepted.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: +61 7 5552 9036 for more information.
GUESTS Program (Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Study)
Year 12 students
This program offers the opportunity for your students to sample university life by allowing them to study a single course (subject) at university while attending semester one or two of year 12.
Support for school teachers
We offer music teachers a variety of professional development programs through Open Conservatorium. These courses can also form a pathway to postgraduate study and teaching qualifications that may be recognised by Education Queensland.
These programs help you prepare for applying to Queensland Conservatorium.
Our programs help you get into the workforce faster, by providing opportunities to gain important 'hands on' experience as part of your study. Internships allow you to experience the contemporary workplace and begin to perform the duties and responsibilities of professional musicians and creative workers.
Through our work-integrated learning programs and key industry links, begin to make contacts that can take you anywhere. After an assessment of your interests, skills and employment goals, work in your chosen organisation and put the skills and knowledge that you have learned throughout your degree into practice. You may be required to audition and attend an interview with the host organisation. You will work at least 60 hours during the course. Placements may be intensive or take a longer form.
- Practicing your skills within a professional environment
- Enhancing your employment opportunities
- Increasing your industry networking
- Developing additional skills such as team work and time management
- Developing professional skills under the guidance of a mentor
- Building confidence through working with a range of people in varying levels of seniority
- Developing an awareness of work-place culture, and its importance
- Developing a portfolio of work experience
Bachelor of Popular Music Students on our Gold Coast campus can take advantage of our established relationships with many performance venues, government organisations, radio, music festivals, recording studios, producers, AV and sound support, and booking agents and managers, including: Byron Bay Blues Festival, Reservoir Management, Jean-aul Fung, Loose Stones Studios, 90.9 Sea FM, and many more.
"The internship program allowed me the opportunity of a first hand experience with one of Australia's leading producers. In the two weeks I worked alongside Jean Paul Fung I was able to better grasp the day-to-day realities of a world class record producer. This experience was invaluable for my personal development as a producer and helped me utilise the skill set I'd acquired while studying the Bachelor of Popular Music." Zachary Miller, Bachelor of Popular Music graduate.
"My placement opened my eyes to the many diverse job opportunities within the music industry. Letting me pinpoint exactly which directions I wanted to take in my career, my internship experience has made me immediately more employable." Rachel Jones-Williams, Bachelor of Popular Music student, speaking about her internship at Bluesfest Byron Bay.
"The industry internships are one of the best ways to gain field experience whilst still studying. We are so fortunate that the Conservatorium has very strong links with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and that this internship program is the only one of its kind in Australia. My experiences working with the QSO has really bridged the gap between theory and practice. Gaining first hand insight into the working lives of professional musicians and understanding how a professional symphony orchestra operates has really helped to solidify a clear idea of the career path I am aiming for." Reuben Fenemore, Bachelor of Music (Honours).
Competitions, scholarships and awards
With music industry connections around the globe, Queensland Conservatorium gives you the opportunity to apply your talents at a truly professional level. There are a range of competitions held throughout the academic year at The Queensland Conservatorium alongside a number of coveted scholarships and bursaries.
Our central mentoring programs at Griffith can help with your studies or career development through assistance with tutoring, work/life balance and social activities.
International exchange programs
Enhance your study by completing a part of your degree overseas. Combine study with travel and add an international experience to your qualification, all while earning credit towards your degree. Spend one or two semesters studying at a partner university or participate in a short-term or study abroad program. International students also have the opportunity to study with us through our Popular Music courses.
Bachelor of Music (Jazz Voice) graduate Luara Karlson-Carp studied abroad for a semester at Ithaca College, USA. The experience allowed her to explore her interests in free improvisation and avant-garde jazz and lead to her forming an experimental songwriting/free improvising quartet with friends. "I landed in a strong community of positive, creative young musicians in the best town ever and had an incredible time. We undertook a six week, grass-roots, 6000 mile tour of the States, which was a pretty eye opening and pivotal experience."
Griffith Honours College
Griffith Honours College provides outstanding students with enriching experiences while studying. Many of these experiences are exclusive and will give you the skills in high demand by employers.
At the Queensland Conservatorium, you will have access to regular performance opportunities, masterclasses with leading national and international artists, and you'll be encouraged to build networks with alumni and organisations such as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.