Frequently asked questions

What fees do students at the Conservatorium High have to pay?

The Conservatorium High School is part of the public education system of NSW. What turns it into the State’s specialist music school is a comprehensive Music Program that is unique to this school. Parents make a flat-rate annual contribution of $5,000 to help defray the cost of this Program.

What quota of students is accepted each year?

The net enrolment of the school is limited to approximately 160 students by virtue of the physical space available and configuration of classrooms. Another major constraint on the school’s enrolment is the fact that the subvention from the State that funds the school’s Music Program is not tied to enrolment numbers.

Does it cater only for classical music?

Repertoire from the western art-music tradition remains the standard fare for most Conservatorium High students, all of whom do the Music 2 syllabus. Students are nonetheless exposed to a variety of musical traditions and the school is in the process of strengthening its jazz programme. Prospective students whose interests are in popular music idioms exclusively would probably find themselves ill-suited to the Conservatorium High for the school does not offer the Music 1 syllabus.

What does the school’s Music Program consist of in addition to individual instrumental lessons?

The Music Program of the Conservatorium High School comprises Large Ensemble, Choir, Composition, Functional Piano, Chamber Music / Small Ensemble and Performance Workshop.

Does the school accept international students?

The school is permitted to accept applications from international students. Conditions apply.

Does the Conservatorium High have an ‘open day’?

No. We simply invite interested students, parents and carers to attend our public concerts in the Conservatorium. The school’s excellent HSC results speak for themselves.