Distinction certificate for the Con

James Zhang, Piano. Grade 8 Photo: Shayne Leslie

The Central Coast Conservatorium of Music has received an AMEB NSW Certificate of Distinction for a top 10 result for Most Outstanding Studio or Music School for Grade 5 through to Certificate level.

The award recognises the institution for having a significant number of students who have received excellent results in these grades.

The AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) is a privately funded corporation that provides a program of examinations for music, speech and drama in Australia.

Musical Director for the Conservatorium, Patrick Brennan, said he is proud of the students who achieved these results but also congratulated the teachers.

“Conservatoriums are a place to nurture and learn music and are usually seen as the highest calibre of music,” Brennan said.

“We have 55 incredible artistic education staff who work with us.

“We offer concert practices, workshops, and masterclasses that provide students opportunities to practise in front of their peers or a caring audience such as their family and friends.

“Those performance experiences are what help them when they are put into examinations or the public performance arena.”

The Conservatorium is known for its comprehensive approach to music education, offering a Step-by-Step Program of music lessons for all ages and abilities.

It provides training on various instruments and in-school music programs, graded ensembles, musicianship classes, children’s music classes, HSC music, and AMEB exam preparation.

General Manager, Irena Tasevska, said this approach makes the Con different to other music schools.

“It is a great team to work with, and the teachers are very dedicated to the students,” she said.

“We put a large focus on an integrated approach when teaching our students.

“We invite parents and families to our students’ performances, so they get to practise what they are learning.”

Jacinta Counihan