About The Fine Music 102.5 LEARNING CENTRE
The launch of the new Learning Centre at Fine Music 102.5 marks a new phase in the station’s contribution to Sydney’s music life.
After more than 40 years continuously on-air as an FM broadcaster of classical music and jazz, the station recently acquired some space adjacent to its studios in St Leonards and has set it up as a Learning Centre. The goal of the Centre is to provide a venue for presenting a range of programs and activities designed to interest and engage members of the community in the joys of good music. It is planned that something will be provided for people of all ages.
Already for some years the station has been presenting a monthly series of talks in its Enjoy-Learn-Discuss series, delivered by members of its team of volunteer presenters. The new Learning Centre will provide a new venue for these talks, mostly targeted at adult music-lovers.
New programs are being developed with a younger audience in mind. A school holiday program for primary school age children (working title Great Music for Kids) will give youngsters a chance to learn about the different types of music in a fun environment, with audio and video illustrations of what to listen for in music. A similar program for high school students could take these ideas further, looking more closely at the background to classical music and jazz. There has even been interest from some keen university students who are looking to do something upbeat in our venue for young adults with an interest in good music.
Another program under development will target young people embarking on a career in musical performance. This will focus not on the skills needed to master their instruments (or voices), but more on the generic skills they will need to gain a professional profile. Tentatively called Stagecraft and Media Skills for Musicians, these sessions will be conducted by established performers and media experts recruited through contacts of staff and volunteers at the station. Other sessions will draw on the experience of successful young musicians who have won performance awards at Fine Music, and elsewhere, to brief music students at an earlier stage of their training on the pathways to forging a successful career as a musician.
Given the importance of music teachers in nurturing the musical knowledge and taste of the future generations, it is planned to engage legendary music educators such as Richard Gill to conduct sessions to inspire teachers of music, at all levels, in their role. These sessions have a working title Effective Music Teaching.
And finally, taking advantage of the considerable technical expertise associated with the Fine Music studios, sessions on the process of broadcasting itself will be arranged, for the interest and education of those interested in becoming involved in working in a radio station themselves.
Watch this space for more information as these programs are developed, and feel free to submit further ideas for the utilisation of this exciting new facility.