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Centre for Youth and Community Music


The Centre for Youth Music (CYCM) teaches music in a manner that is fun, educational and tailored to each student's individual needs and goals.

The CYCM offers music curriculum for students of all ages starting from the "very young" in the "Junior Music Program" right through to the "young at heart" adults in our "Non-Award Programs".

Catering for the beginner to the more advanced student, the CYCM provides instrumental, vocal and theory tuition as well as offering a diverse and exciting range of ensemble programs.

At the CYCM, students work with the Northern Territory's top music professionals and leading visiting musicians, who are committed to sharing their musical knowledge and experience by offering accessible and affordable music instruction and performance opportunities for all in our community.


CYCM is registered to receive the $100 Sport Vouchers from the NT Government Sport Voucher Scheme.

We are taking Term 4 enrolments, contact the office on 8946 6013 for more information or email your enrolment form. 

Term 4 commences Monday 14 October 2019, the eighth lesson provided week commencing Monday 2 December.

End of Year Concert to be held on Saturday 7 December.

New tutors and programs

  • Guzheng is a Chinese musical instrument that has a history dating back to 500 B.C. It has many descendants all over Asia, such as the koto of Japan, the kayagum of Korea and the dan trans of Vietnam. It is a plucked either string instrument with 12-26 movable bridges. The standard one used today has 21 movable bridges.

    Originally, silk strings were used, but these are now replaced with steel strings or steel core wrapped with nylon instead. The player plucks the strings on the right hand side of the bridge with the right hand, while the left hand presses the strings on the left hand side of the bridge to produce glissando bending tones and variation of vibrato.

    In the 20th centres, the gushing keeps its vitality by interweaving music with it' rich folk foundation and creative performers in each generation. In the late 20th century, with the tremendous change of social and cultural environment, besides being continuously popular in the mass, guzheng music began to be taught in professional music conservatories. 

    The mix of professional and folk musicians produces an unprecedented improvement and enrichment in gushing music. The most outstanding example is the emergence of numerous new pieces. At the end of the 20th century, the gushing has become the major Chinese instrument with the richest pieces and documentaries. 

  • An efficient and affable music teacher with 12 years experience in music lessons impartation. Grahame is extremely effective in expressing musical concepts clearly and concisely, able to communicate well with students of all ages. He is a proficient singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist, and drummer; with basic piano skills.

    Grahame's areas of expertise are:

    • Band mentoring Live performance Music software
    • Aural Training Instrument Instruction Lesson Planning
    • Song writing Sound Production Progress Charting

    At CYCM, he will be teaching Guitar (covering a wide range of musical styles), Drums and Bass covering all aspects of music theory and practice.

    Grahame love's teaching, passing on his passion for music to the students in a way that motivates them, whether young or old, and tailoring their lessons to meet their needs and goals.

  • Milly is 21 and currently studying a Bachelor of Secondary Education majoring in Music at Charles Darwin University. Milly has been playing the trumpet since the age 12 years old from her high school’s band program in Victoria. Having been heavily involved in band programs throughout her schooling, becoming captain of various school bands and winning many school awards in solo trumpet and band performances. In 2016, Milly began her music degree with Monash University, specialising in classical solo trumpet performance.

    Working in an American summer camp from 2017-2018 Milly discovered her passion for teaching children. The camp saw Milly working with children aged 5-16, teaching various activities throughout the day, which included teaching children how to sing.

    Now, employed as a trumpet tutor at the Centre for Youth and Community Music, teaching any age from beginner to intermediate, Milly will have the opportunity to combine her deep passion of Music and teaching. Currently only tutoring trumpet and keen to expand into other brass instruments in the future.

  • Why learn Recorder??

    Some of us will remember having recorder lessons in primary school with mixed feelings about the musicality of the instrument! Unfortunately this graceful little wood wind is often perceived as a primary school instrument – of torture!! However, in the right hands, (and years of practice) this instrument is as beautiful as any other. It pre dates most other woodwind instruments and has been played in various forms all over the world for hundreds of years.

    In its defence, I’d like to point out the benefits of recorder lessons for young and old. Unlike a flute, or Oboe it’s easy to get first sounds, allowing the player to focus on other key points of playing such as posture and reading music. Once the rudiments of music have been learned on Recorder, these skills readily transfer to other woodwind instruments such as flute and saxophone. For young students the Recorder is easily managed and handled, small hands can reach all the finger holes and unlike any other woodwind instrument, the plastic ones are almost indestructible! Recorders can also be easily and cheaply purchased in local music stores.

    The CYCM is able to provide recorders for new players but flutes need to be provided by the student. The Flute

    There are many similarities in Recorder and Flute playing; breath control, posture and finger positions all transfer easily to flute playing. It generally takes longer for new players to ‘find’ the sound on flute and as it is a bigger, heavier instrument, it can be more physically demanding than recorder. Once confident with producing sounds, students are able to produce beautiful melodies as either solos or in groups, in a variety of styles.

    The CYCM offers performance and ensemble opportunities once students are confident and competent in their chosen instrument. There are also music theory classes available to help with music reading skills. Instrumental lessons are offered on a one on one basis.

    I have taught flute, recorder and Sax for over 10 years in Darwin schools and completed my music degree at Charles Darwin University, specialising in flute. I’m happy to teach any age students, at any level up to Grade 5 AMEB. I really enjoy teaching music and look forward to being able to inspire and train new students to share the joy of music making.

  • We are excited to bring Kindermusik for 0-3 years old to CYCM. With three levels of learning to suit every age, all children will enjoy this engaging and playful introduction to the world of music.

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