Graham Sattler is a leading director of a regional conservatorium of music, one of 17 in the Australian state of New South Wales, population 8 million. In Australia, only NSW has such a resource in regional areas. These institutions are community-designed and managed; and receive a partial subsidy from the state. They enable skilled professionals to live in regional towns, providing music lessons, classes, performance opportunities for individual students, music education services on contract to schools, some tertiary music education opportunities, and advanced practice in two-way video instruction, conferencing and more.
New South Wales Regional Conservatoriums: responding to school communities and state education policy
In an early 2016 edition of Loudmouth, I wrote about the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums (ANSWRC), the peak body for regional music education in NSW. That article gave some historical and operational background for the 17-member network, and contextualised
Introduction Community music is a term that has been interpreted in a variety of ways since its earliest documented usages, and it continues to be controversial. Notwithstanding historical disagreement or contested definitions, an inclusive and practical set of defining parameters