Do you know a teenager that always sings in the shower, but never when other people are around? Is your 11-year-old constantly tapping on things and turning innocuous household objects into percussion? Do you have songs within you that are bursting to get out?
Once again, the Bec Taylor School of Music is offering scholarships for young people who are itching to expand their knowledge of the music world.
Open to students between the ages of 8 and 16, a scholarship covers the cost of one term’s worth of one-on-one music lessons on a chosen instrument with the aim of lowering the barriers that often preclude those in financial need from accessing music tuition.
The chance to play
It’s no secret that music lessons can be an enormous financial investment, usually on the part of a parent eager for their child to gain a strong foundational understanding of the subject. And even though music education has been shown to greatly inform other areas of learning, the cost of learning an instrument can often be too great to bear.
That’s why this opportunity is such a valuable one. With successful applicants being chosen by a panel of teachers and Canberra music industry professionals, this might be the chance for yourself or someone you know to finally build on the natural musical ability that you know is there.
The dream team
Recipients will get the opportunity to learn with an inspiring roster of music teachers handpicked from Canberra’s music industry. Access to tutor’s like Beth Monzo (guitar/songwriting) of Betty Alto, Jess High (vocals) of Slagatha Christie, Stephen Watson (piano) of An Inconvenient Groove, and prominent jazz musician Brendan Keller-Tuberg (bass/piano) means that students are learning with real-life music professionals that have an intimate knowlege of what it means to be a musician in Canberra.
Bec Taylor herself is a vocalist, drummer, and pianist, and her approach to teaching brings songwriting, sound engineering, and communication skills to the fore as well as the opportunity to perform at professional music venues during the school’s packed end of term concerts.
A positive learning environment
The Bec Taylor School of Music decidedly offers a different experience from what’s on offer at other schools around town. As a student, you can expect a departure from traditional learning practices and an emphasis on finding out how you learn best. All of the teachers are instrumental specialists and experts at tailoring lessons to match the student’s goals and abilities.
It all means that if you’ve ever felt intimidated by the idea of stepping foot in a music class, the Bec Taylor School of Music might just be your perfect fit.
You can find out more and sign up for lessons at bectaylormusic.com.
To apply for a scholarship and check the eligibility criteria, fill in this form. Applications close on Thursday, April 19.
Have you ever wanted to learn an instrument but felt that lessons were out of your reach?