New AUSTA WA resource sheet

What does AUSTA WA do? For a great advocacy A4 PDF, please email


This was a very well attended event mid-January and held at WAAPA. AUSTA WA had an information stall available to all teachers present, and conducted a questionnaire on strings in WA schools. Helen Tuckey spoke to all summer school delegates briefly, followed by a lively presentation by the Flamingo Strings. Kierstan Arkleysmith chaired a panel session “Inspiring Strings” where  resources for beginning programs and some of the challenges in strings in music education were discussed. More strings were heard with the Australian Baroque Orchestra in a presentation of the Bach Double Concerto (a work on the Year 12 Music syllabus for Western Classical Music), and Jade Martin presented an excellent session with hints for those starting or wanting to improve their school ensembles.

VSVS Gifted Student Loan Program 

The Vasek School for Violin & Strings (VSVS) is pleased to announce that three young WA string students have been successful in their application to the violin loan scheme for 2021.

Events 2021 and AGM 

Do you have ideas for AUSTA? Our AUSTA WA AGM dates will be notified after the Committee has reconvened in early February. Consider nominating for the committee this year, and/or contact us soon with ideas – we meet mostly via Zoom, communicate by email, so it’s less time consuming than ever.

Recommended Minimum Teaching Rates 

The 2021 hourly minimum rate for private studio teacher individual lessons by WAMTA (the West Australian Music Teachers’ Association) is $90  for professionals, and $65 for students who teach.

Best wishes,
Helen Tuckey, President AUSTA WA.


AUSTA WA Facebook Group

In addition to the AUSTA WA Facebook page, (which is largely for AUSTA events, member news and opportunities posted by AUSTA Social Media managers) we have started a page AUSTA WA Group which is for members of the group and others to post freely in regard to anything of interest to the string community.  All responsibility lies with those who post and is not the responsibility of AUSTA WA.

See the AUSTA WA Calendar on your iPad or iPhone Calendar app

On an Apple Computer in Calendar


File > New Calendar Subscription

Copy and paste


On an iPhone

  1. Tap Settings > Passwords and Accounts
  2. Tap Add Account (near the bottom)
  3. Choose “Other”
  4. Add Subscribed Calendar
  5. Copy and paste the following link

AUSTA WA Calendar

View the calendar of string events in WA



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Past Events

september 2020

13sep9:00 AM12:00 AMABODA WA Read-Through Day

march 2020

11mar7:00 PM8:30 PMDeveloping Musical skillby Michael Griffin