Student rehearsals in Verbrugghen Hall
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Dive into the diverse world of string instruments
From the warm, eloquent, emotive sounds of the viola to the sweet, gentle tones of the harp, our innovative teachers will help you understand your chosen instrument and become a great performer.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music offers various programs in string teaching, performance and research. Our teaching is innovative, responsive to individual needs and reflects the rigorous expectations of great performance traditions. We help you achieve your own voice as a performer and interpreter with high technical proficiency and artistic excellence.

You can study violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, classical guitar or harp. Our classes cover work on technique and interpretation, intensive performance training, postgraduate research, teaching literature and methods. Opportunities for collaboration with musical peers is also an essential part of our approach.

Our graduates can be found among the world’s top string players. Their ability to balance creative intuition, astute listening and analytical thinking positions them well for dynamic careers. They make intelligent, empathic and versatile leaders.

  • Get guidance from teachers with years of valuable experience, including prominent Australian and international performers, competition jurors and orchestral practitioners. 
  • Join successful graduates who have achieved careers as soloists and chamber musicians and have won prizes in national and international competitions. 
  • Experience a global career. Many of our alumni have gone on to join international orchestras such as the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony and the London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Participate in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s chamber music and orchestra programs – apply for our international Henderson Travelling Program to further develop your artistic skills, cultural competence and depth of musical expertise on an international stage.

Our students develop as professional musicians who strive for the levels of excellence demanded by the music profession. The skills you will gain in our courses – such as research, resilience, critical thinking, communication – are also transferable to a range of industries and occupations.

  • soloist
  • chamber or orchestral musician
  • recording/touring artist
  • music teacher (primary/secondary)
  • private tutor
  • music research/academia
  • artist agent
  • arts administrator
  • audio engineer
  • music events manager

What are my study options with strings?