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Centre for Youth and Community Music


Legato Orchestral Experience 2024

Legato Orchestral Experience 2024

From 30th Sept - 2nd October

Registration: Early Bird price will open from 1st - 30th June: Legato Across the Universe 2024

Registration closes Monday 30th September.


Term 2 2024

Term 2 commences Monday 15th April, each student will receive eight lessons. Enrolments will continue to be taken during the term for all new students. 

Please contact the office on 8946 6013 for more information or email your enrolment form (PDF, 713.76 KB) to

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

We offer online music tuition for students.


Fee Increase for 2022

Individual lessons  - $340 for 30min lesson; $525 for 45min lesson; $700 for 60min lesson

Junior Music Program - $140

Ensemble lessons - $140



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.

New tutors and programs

Rebecca Harris – ‘Cellist & music educator 

Born into a family of musicians and music enthusiasts, it was odds on that Rebecca would choose a life filled with music.

Starting Cello at the age of 6 after falling in love with the sound of a Baroque Cello, she worked her way through various South Australian Student Orchestras, up to the Australian Youth Orchestra and was chosen for the inaugural Young Symphonist Orchestral Program. She attributes her love and passion for orchestral music to these formative years.

Following this, she studied a Bachelor of Music at the Elder Conservatorium with Janis Laurs and did Postgraduate Studies in Tasmania with Christian Wojtowicz and in Adelaide with Niall Brown.

Professionally, Rebecca has worked for the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s as well as in Indonesia with the Surabaya Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance musician she has covered many styles of music and in recent times has toured extensively through Europe with the Australian Band Worldfly.

She came to Darwin in 2002 where she took up the position as Lecturer in Cello at the CDU, tutored for the CYM and was Principal Cellist with the DSO for over 10 years.

Rebecca Harris Cellist
Kindermusik for ages 0-3 years old

We are excited to bring Kindermusik for 0-3 years old to CYCM. With two 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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Recorder and Flute lessons by Eliza Tobin

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.

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The CYCM Administration Office is located in Building Orange 6.1.07. View the Campus map (PDF, 0 bytes).


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