Events for Students

Professional Development Seminar - The Power of Technique & Artistry

24th Jan - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Foley’s Pianos, Newcastle NSW

Proudly sponsored by Hal Leonard

Join Australian Faber Piano Adventures Ambassador Carly McDonald for this motivating and educational workshop. Discover Technique Secrets in harmony with repertoire. Benefit from the rich tapestry of Sight, Sound, Story to inspire confidence and expressive performance at every level.

Carly McDonald is the founder and publisher of Creative.Piano.Professional. In 2005, Carly established and developed a Music School with 5 locations in Adelaide and 14 wonderful teachers offering voice, violin, guitar, piano, woodwind and music theory lessons. Carly has a special interest in early learning and is passionate about teaching and doing so with a little stylish flair!

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to engage in Carly’s workshop, paired with Hal Leonard’s free gift pack of a selection of books for all attendees! MTA Members (Newcastle Branch) will also find a little something extra.

 Tickets: $15 for general admission. Bookings online.

 For more information, contact Michael Power ([email protected])

Student Concert - Illawarra branch

18th Feb - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Home of Stan Keough, Kiama NSW

Members please have your entries in a week before the concert if you intend to perform on this day. Non-Members and Senior Students welcome to perform if numbers & time permit.

This is a charity event and admission is by donation and Stan Keough will  forward funds to a charity of his choice. This concert is in perpetual memory of his late wife Elaine Keough who passed away in 2016 and our inaugural concert was February, 2017.

All are welcome to attend – please advise myself by Wednesday 14th February 2018 if you, your friends and other colleagues are intending to attend as numbers are limited in this lovely venue at Kiama.

Afternoon tea supplied by Members of the MTA of NSW Illawarra Branch.

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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 ([email protected])

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 ([email protected])

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 ([email protected])

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 ([email protected])