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School engagement

Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) is committed to making our university more accessible to our community. Our degrees open the door to career opportunities in Australia and overseas, preparing your students with the skills and knowledge to ensure your students are work-ready when they graduate.

We run a number of activities to engage high school students that will help prepare them for a music or theatre degree at CQUniversity. These activities:

  • are fun, engaging and educational programs
  • allow students to meet and work with CQCM staff and current students
  • prepare students with the skills and knowledge to ensure they are work-ready when they graduate
  • open the door to career opportunities in Australia and overseas.

Four key initiatives lead by the CQCM include:

  • Conservatorium Academy
  • Schools Jazz Festival
  • Safety Circus
  • Choices Applied Theatre Project
Conservatorium Academy

The Conservatorium Academy is a centre for creative and performing arts training for school-age children in Central Queensland.

Conservatorium Academy aims

The aims of the Conservatorium Academy is to provide music and theatre training as an extension to the dance, drama and music classes that young people may already be engaged in and provides them with:

  • opportunities to perform through regular concerts and special events in Mackay
  • a bridge for secondary school students to university
  • help to prepare them for auditions and for the rigors of university study
  • a safe, educational and recreational environment, with high-energy, fun classes that are taught in a friendly and encouraging environment.

How to enrol your child

To enrol your child contact the Conservatorium Academy or phone +61 7 4940 7800.

Semester fees

CQUniversity Schools' Jazz Festival

Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music hosts the annual Schools' Jazz Festival and is supported by Yamaha Music Australia, Queensland Music Festival and Creative Capricorn.

The festival allows high school students to engage in two days of music and educational activities where they will be mentored by national and world class musicians, educators and staff to deliver a weekend full of musical performances.

The CQUniversity Schools' Jazz Festival includes:

  • band workshops
  • clinic for band directors
  • an adjudicated performance for all participants
  • a number of concerts.

Dates and locations for the Schools' Jazz Festival

The dates for 2015 dates for the Schools' Jazz Festival are:

DateLocationSpecial guest/s

19 - 20 July 2015

Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music
Boundary Road, Mackay

Dan Barnett - trombonist/vocalist

26 - 27 July 2015

North Rockhampton State High School
Simpson Street, Rockhampton

Dan Barnett - trombonist/vocalist


Jazz Festival participants can look forward to:

  • individual band clinics with world renowned musicians and educators
  • concert performances
  • band director professional development sessions
  • adjudicated performances
  • festival finale concert for all performers.

If you or your school band wants to register for this event please complete the nomination/registration form within the Jazz Festival handbook or contact CQCM for more information.

This project has received support from Creative Capricorn, a joint project of Rockhampton Regional Council, Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Safety Circus

The Safety Circus Applied Theatre project is an award-winning project from CQCM in partnership with the Crime Prevention Unit of the Queensland Police Service. It is a 30-minute theatre show aimed at Year 3 students to teach them about personal safety, safety on non-motorised transport and dealing with bullying. Created by students and staff from CQCM, the Safety Circus tours to Mackay primary schools each year in February.

Choices Applied Theatre Project

To find out more about the award-winning Choices project visit our Choices site.