Student Composition Workshop - Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The student composition workshop with Academy of St Martin in the Fields will give up to 30 government school students, studying music in Years 7-12, an opportunity to improvise, rehearse, direct, compose and collaborate with Academy mentors, culminating in a performance of classical works reimagined by the participants.

Find out more about the most recent iteration of the student composition workshop from July 2016, when young musicians from Newham joined Academy musicians for a three-day workshop and public performance on the Canary Wharf summer stage:


It is important to stress that the project will not exclusively focus on composition. Irrespective of previous musical experience, the group will be encouraged to achieve the highest possible standard in their performance too. This is both a composition project and a performance project.

Program outcomes

Students will solve musical problems and create music together, thereby gaining confidence musically and personally. During the workshop, the group of students will devise a composition which can be later performed.                                                                                             

Students will develop skills in:

  • Rhythmic security
  • Harmonic/Melodic Sense
  • Aural training
  • Playing techniques
  • Making artistic decisions together thereby gaining confidence and learning from one another.

Through the workshop activities students will further develop skills in performance, composition, musicology and aural.


Students attending government schools and studying Music in Years 7 to 12

  • Already play an instrument or sing (to a proficient level)
  • Have a keen interest in composition
  • Have access to or own their own instrument
  • Be committed to the entire program and available for all dates and times required


There is no fee for these workshops. All participating students and families will be responsible organising meals, travel, accommodation, etc and meeting associated costs.

As part of The Arts Unit's support of the Department of Education's Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are excited to be able to offer a participation subsidy of up to $100 each to students from rural and remote schools (download full spreadsheet to check the status of your school) to participate in this workshop. Please note: If interest exceeds available funds, allocation of the participation subsidy will be prioritised based on remoteness. Subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.

How To Apply

Teachers are asked to nominate and rank students who they feel will benefit from, and embrace this experience. Teachers can nominate up to five students.

  • Students must be available for all of the workshops in April.   (NB this is the last weekend of the NSW school vacation period)

There are only 30 positions available in this project – selections will be based on:

  • equity of access
  • school rankings
  • teacher recommendations
  • ensemble balance

Nominations now closed

Permission materials will be forwarded once selections have been made.

Further information: Lindsay Pringle