Student Concert Series

22nd Mar - All Day
Adamstown Uniting Church, Adamstown

Student Concert Series

The Newcastle Branch is proud to present students of MTA teachers in concert. From the youngest to the most experienced, the evening recitals provide great performance practise opportunity for the musicians and a varied program for its audience. The concert series is presented on Thursday nights at Adamstown Uniting Church. Audience entry is $3 per person, payable at the door.

Thursday 22nd March, 14th June, 30th August, 25th October  at

Adamstown Uniting Church

Cnr Brunker Rd & Glebe Rd Adamstown

Audience Entry $3, payable at the door.


For student participation, contact Rosemary Allen (

Music Sale and Annual General Meeting

25th Mar - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oatley Uniting Church Hall, Oatley

Music Sale 2018!

Are you looking at downsizing your studio or just thinking about having a good clean out? 

We are again seeking donations from you of sheet music, music texts, music magazines, cds, records, etc. for a music sale which will be held in conjunction with our Annual General Meeting on

Sunday 25th March, 2018,

at Oatley Uniting Church Hall, Cnr. Frederick & Letitia Streets, Oatley

12.00pm to 4.00pm including AGM and afternoon tea

Donation drop off points at Peakhurst and Croydon. 

Please contact the office for more details on where to bring your donations.

Unfortunately photocopied material cannot be accepted.

All proceeds from the music sale will benefit your Association.


The HSC: What Every Teacher Needs to Know

29th Apr - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Adlib Music, Chatswood NSW

HSC Day Entry Form


This is a wonderful opportunity to hear an HSC expert discuss the teaching and understanding of all aspects of the Higher School Certificate music syllabus.

Presenter Joanne Burrows BA [Music & Theatre], Grad.Dip.Teach, AMusA, LTCL [Pedagogy], Cert.IV [Assessment & Training] has over 20 years as a classroom and studio teacher and is currently Head of Piano and Music Craft at the Riverina Conservatorium and Chair of the Curriculum Committee. Joanne’s students have achieved high results and nominations for Encore performances. She has examined written, aural and composition aspects of the HSC. She is an avid composer of pedagogical works published by Wirripang and is the organiser of the annual RCM regional HSC study day for non-government and government schools in the Riverina area.

Whether you are a studio or classroom teacher and whether you are currently teaching HSC students or not, this is a valuable course, not to be missed.  Aural skills, musicology, repertoire and much more will be discussed and explained along with the marking criteria for each section.

The day will be divided into several sessions, covering all aspects of the HSC requirements.  Some of the topics include:

  • an overview of Music 1, Music 2 and Extension dealing with the course structures, topics and electives, weighting of marks and much more…
  • how the instrumental teacher can work productively with the classroom teacher, the student and parents; core subjects and electives; performance requirements and choosing a programme….
  • teaching composition; preparing musicology electives and the viva voce; teaching aural skills and recommended resources…..

Sunday 29th April, 2018 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at

Adlib Music, 845 Pacific Highway Chatswood.  Ground floor, enter via Railway St.

FEES:       $79 MTA & UMTA MEMBERS   and $99 NON-MEMBERS

Fee includes morning tea but please note to either bring your own lunch or purchase from one of the nearby cafes.

Registrations close 13th April, 2018.

Student Workshop Series

20th May - All Day

Student Workshop Series

Join our leading music educators as they direct students in a series of instrument specific workshops. These are presented in public lesson-like performances to enable both students and teacher-audience members to further their learning.

Sunday 20th May in Newcastle

Saturday 2nd June at Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music, Muswellbrook

Sunday 21st October at Hunter Valley Grammar School, Maitland

For student registration and audience ticketing, visit:

For more information, contact Michael Power (

Junior Music Festival - Newcastle

24th Jun - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Adamstown Uniting Church, Adamstown

Junior Music Festival, Newcastle

Proudly presented by MTA NSW, Head Office

Sunday 24th June at 11am to 2pm at

Adamstown Uniting Church

Cnr Brunker Rd & Glebe Rd Adamstown

A friendly and relaxed environment, the Junior Music Festival is a great opportunity for students to perform to a supportive audience and are categorised in skill level.

For full details and entrant information, please visit the Junior Music Festivals page under the Student tab of the MTA NSW website.

How to Blitz! Rote Repertoire: Fun Pieces That Develop Sight Reading

29th Jul - 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Adlib Music, Chatswood NSW

Samantha Coates Workshop

Teaching by rote is an important principle in developing artistry and technique. Samantha has written a collection of entertaining, highly patterned pieces that are easy and comfortable to play, and which will appeal especially to the slightly older beginner.

Each piece is written in three levels. Samantha will demonstrate how the Level 1 piece can be taught by rote and the student can ‘spot the difference’ in the scores for Levels 2 and 3, reinforcing the recognition of patterns. Samantha will also show how the pieces can be used to stimulate improvisation and composition, providing a holistic learning approach that incorporates a sound technique, sight reading skills and creativity.

Samantha Coates is a pianist and teacher with three decades of experience in both private and group tuition. She is also the author and publisher of BlitzBooks, the series that has brought fun and laughter to music education. Samantha has had extensive experience as a solo performer, accompanist and lecturer, and is in demand as a speaker both in Australia and overseas.

MTA NSW Piano Scholarships - sponsored by the Newcastle Branch

11th Aug - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle NSW

MTA NSW Piano Scholarships, sponsored by the Newcastle Branch

Saturday 11th August 2018, 10am to 1pm at

Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music

Laman Street Newcastle

For the first time, the scholarships will incorporate both the Nan Price Memorial Scholarship and the Joyce Blewitt Award, providing two competitive sections for young pianists.

Nan Price was a renowned pianist, teacher and examiner who performed often as an accompanist and was an exceptional sight-reader. A graduate of the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Price went on to teach at the Conservatorium of Music in Newcastle, having lived there as a child.

Following the establishment of Newcastle’s branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW, Price conducted numerous workshops and masterclasses for the association, which were highly sought after amongst the music community. Her explicit teaching and high standards were key to the success of the workshops. Price was also well-respected for her expertise in performing works by Beethoven.

In Price’s legacy, the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW (Newcastle Branch) established an annual award in her name, awarding over twenty successful recipients since her passing. Alumni of the award include pianists Frances Ross, Michael Power, William Cesta and Nicholas Kennedy who have all gone on to pursue careers in music.

In 2018, The Music Teachers’ Association of NSW is proud to present the piano scholarships as part of the Newcastle Music Festival program. Details of the two divisions and performance requirements will be available via the Newcastle Music Festival and MTA NSW websites.

The Music Teachers’ Association of NSW will welcome a guest pianist adjudicate the competition and announce the award winners for 2018.

Attendance is free and all members of the public are welcome.

For entrant registration, visit

For more information, contact Michael Power (

Conference 2018: Flourish

12th Oct to 13th Oct - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Grand Pittwater Conference Centre North Ryde RSL Club, North Ryde NSW

Conference 2018:  Flourish

This promises to be another outstanding Conference with wonderful presenters and a variety of sessions to make your teaching Flourish.

Some of the sessions include:-

  • Music and the Brain
  • Music Technology
  • Unlocking the Score
  • French Baroque Dance
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Teaching Gifted Students
  • New Music for Piano Duets
  • Working with Children
  • Building Bridges from Rhythm to Radio

and more to come …

… and of course, a Forum of noted Music Educators.

Registration forms will be available in early February.

Masterclass with Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Piano Trio

17th Nov - All Day
Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle NSW

Saturday 17th November at

Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music

Laman Street Newcastle

Proudly sponsored by Musica Viva

Join members of the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Piano Trio as they lead advanced young musicians in a public masterclass. This is an opportunity for both student, teacher and audience member to delight in the teachings of the international musicians as soloists and chamber musicians.

Student participation is limited and is by application only.

For applications to apply, visit

For more information, contact Michael Power (