Wednesday 30 July 2014

Saplings workshop for young Bush Musicians 8-16 years, Marrickville Saturday 10th August 2014

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What is it? – A one day master class for young people (8 – 16 years) to experience playing Australian collected music.

Aim - For young people to have fun and introduce them to Australian collected tunes. Associated topics such as history of the music, the musicians who played the tunes and those who collected the music will be briefly covered.

What we will be offering - Our tutors are musicians who are some of the foremost players of Australian Traditional Music.

Students will not only learn the tunes but how they should be played.

Each student on arrival will receive a comprehensive booklet, which will contain a large collection of tunes and songs plus associated material.

All meals will be catered – snack on arrival, morning and afternoon tea + pizza for lunch.

Extra activities will be offered such as introduction to bush dancing and bush percussion. As well as percussion instruments, there will be an opportunity for students to have a feel or play of other instruments eg: the banjo or concertina.

At the end of the day each student will receive a gift bag.

Each student on arrival will receive a comprehensive booklet, which will contain a large collection of tunes and songs plus associated material.

What if my child does not play an instrument? - There will be a class for students who do not play a musical instrument. This group will focus on to the joy of music and playing bush percussion. We can also offer these students basic instruction on harmonica, tin whistle or ukulele. Please note these students will be required to bring a harmonica or tin whistle in the key of C or G or a ukulele.

The Venue

Tritton Hall and The ARCC - The Sapling Master Class will be held at Tritton Hall, Hut 44, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road Marrickville and other huts in this complex.

Tritton Hall is the home of the Bush Music Club and the Addison Road Community Centre (ARCC) is Australia’s largest not-for-profit community centre. Parking is available but as the markets are on Sundays, it is best to allow extra time to find a car spot.

How to get there – A detailed map and directions will be sent on registration.

The Cost

Only $25 per student! This will cover a full day’s tuition, sheet music, gift bag and all meals. The day is being subsidized by the Bush Music Club so we can keep costs to a minimum.

The Program & Structure

Class Structure

Intermediate to advanced Melody instruments (depending on numbers this group may be split)
Beginner Melody Instruments
Rhythm Instruments
Musicians of the future

The final programme for the day will be designed closer to the date as this will depend on the registration numbers of each individual group.

Registration will be from 9.30

10:00 am Fun begins, classes commence and individual groups go off with the tutors

Except for a morning tea break the first half of the day will be spent in groups playing music and experiencing other instruments – some rotation of tutors

12:00 am Lunch – (pizza, drink and fruit)

1:00 pm Musicians split back into groups to play more music

2:00pm Bush Dance

2:40pm Break (snacks and a drink) group photo

3:00 pm All in Session. A chance for the groups to showcase what they have been playing
and everyone to play together

4:00 pm finish
Meet The Tutors

Our head tutors are David Johnson, Jason Roweth and Tony Romeo. A bio with a picture of tutors can be forwarded on request.

Examples of Music

A sample of the music and songs can be provided on request.

Contact Details:

For more information or to register contact:


Helen Romeo: 4297 5128

Kerry Doherty: 0409 600 949

Bush Music Club Inc:

  photos - Sandra Nixon, National Folk Festival 2014, Saplings session

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