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The Strings principal study is available in the Bachelor of Music (Performance), Bachelor of Music (Music Education) and Diploma of Music in the following areas: cello, double bass, guitar, harp, viola or violin, and involves instrumental lessons, performance workshops and masterclasses.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music offers one of Australia’s most diverse and distinguished programs in string teaching, performance and research. Our pedagogy is innovative yet grounded within the foremost 19th and 20th century teaching and performance traditions (Henri Verbrugghen, Robert Pikler, and Richard Goldner are among the famous string players and pedagogues who have been associated with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Our current teaching staff includes prominent Australian and international performers and teachers, jurors at national and international competitions and experienced orchestral practitioners.

Our staff aim to develop the technical and musical skills required for professional careers, offering courses and research opportunities in instrumental teaching, string pedagogy and performance. Our students have achieved careers as soloists and chamber musicians and have won prizes in national and international competitions. Conservatorium alumni are found in all Australian orchestras and orchestras such as the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Principal study students perform in a variety of contexts, receiving critical guidance from our staff, visiting teachers and performers. Classes cover string performance, string pedagogy, advanced string pedagogy, guitar pedagogy, postgraduate teaching, didactic literature and teaching methods. Students play and study in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s chamber music and orchestra programs. Orchestral studies classes foster the skills needed for the demanding standards of the orchestral profession and develop competence for orchestral auditions.

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Graduate opportunities

String students will develop as professional musicians who will reach the levels of excellence demanded by the music profession. Graduates are prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities, including careers as performing soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral/ensemble players, as well as music educators, creators, researchers and writers.

Career pathways

− artist agent − arts administrator − chamber/orchestral musician − concert manager − concert soloist − event producer − festival or venue manager − music journalist − music producer − musicologist − orchestra manager − private studio teacher − school music teacher

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