Media Release 





Hume Conservatorium has negotiated a teaching partnership with the University of New England that allows music students in the Southern Tablelands and Highlands region of NSW to receive private music tuition locally while completing their music degree online through UNE.  


Guided by the experience and expertise of HumeCon’s teachers, students will complete a series of units in instrumental or vocal instruction, which comprises weekly one-to-one instrumental lessons alongside a host of activities provided by HumeCon and the community. These include participation in large and small ensembles, master classes and workshops with world-class special guest musicians, accompanying and/or conducting work, and public performances.


The CEO of Hume Conservatorium, Paul Scott-Williams, said “This is a significant opportunity which will allow senior music students to stay local while they complete their undergraduate degree with UNE at HumeCon. Being able to complete a Bachelor of Music degree without needing to move away from home offers a whole new range of possibilities for regional music students. Also, mature age musicians who have wanted to find a way to gain a legitimate music qualification can take this opportunity as well! We at HumeCon are all excited to partner with the excellent University of New England!”


Many of the teaching staff at the Hume Conservatorium are internationally recognised performers and educators who have performed in professional orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Symphony Orchestra. Hume’s Rock Con is also home to contemporary music and technology featuring two recording studios.

“The teachers at the Hume Conservatorium will ensure our music students in the area will receive excellent quality instrumental or vocal tuition in a number of genres,” Dr Alana Blackburn, UNE Music’s discipline convenor said.

“Our students will also benefit from the facilities available to them at HumeCon as well as being not far from the UNE Sydney campus in Parramatta to use our digital music lab and other resources, as well as participate in activities and performances held on that campus”.

“This model of partnering with regional conservatoria has proven to benefit both the University and the region in which the partnering Conservatorium is based. There is a demand within regional NSW to keep younger, skilled teachers and musicians in the communities. This is one way UNE Music is reaching out to regional students”.

“It is actually a competitive market, but UNE is well-placed with its fully online music degree.”

Students are able to apply now to begin a UNE Bachelor of Music in Trimester 3, 2021 or Trimester 1, 2022 at