AUSTA WA sets off into 2020

Events being planned include a visit by the legendary Barry Green on May 23 and 24, our annual AUSTA String Festival on June 14 2020, events in collaboration with the tertiary music sector and AMEB WA and an exciting visit from a major national pedagog towards the end of the year – under wraps for the moment, in the meantime, please keep the weekend of September 26 and 27 free! Please consider further activities small or large that you would like to see AUSTA involved with, this year or beyond, and let us know.

As I write this in January, it’s pleasing to see our motivated members supported by AUSTA to attend professional development opportunities. We are pleased to build opportunities for members with many other arts and education organisations. To continue to play and teach well, it’s important to invest in equipment and training to ensure that you are able to give the best of yourself, and in doing so, this means ensuring that you are adequately recompensed for your playing and teaching. The Council at WAMTA have recently set their 2020 recommended minimum teaching fees for studio teachers at $90 per hour for an accredited teaching member and $65 per hour for a student member.

Check our fabulous information service for the WA string community – the AUSTA WA online diary and subscriber e-Calendar (how-to details below). A huge thank you to James Charles for work on this. Follow AUSTA WA on Facebook for more news and updates, and to trade and share your events directly, join the AUSTA WA FB Group online. Our diverse volunteer committee includes professional musicians, school and studio teachers and tertiary music students. We strive to provide opportunities for all AUSTA members and those in the string community to network, improve their skills and keep their practices alive. At this stage, we could welcome a couple more members to join the committee, in particular cellists and/or tertiary teachers.

All the best to everyone as we start our new year of work, study or teaching!

Helen Tuckey, President AUSTA WA.


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    Western Australian Youth Strings (WAYS)

    WAYS has two vibrant and thriving orchestras for children between Years 3-8. WAYS and Junior WAYS provide an opportunity for children to start their orchestra-playing journey in a friendly, inspiring environment while achieving great musical and personal heights.
    Instruments: Violin

    WANTED! Young fiddlers! (and cellists too)

    Perth Scottish Fiddlers is looking for our more young players for our 2019 season! This is a great opportunity for younger players to have some fun playing lively and engaging music. Scottish and folk music has inspired many great composers throughout history and is a lively and continuing tradition with many excellent young players and composers.

    We meet once a month on the last Sunday of the month to learn new tunes and play existing repertoire and there are 2 sessions of different levels. As new tunes are taught by ear this is fantastic aural and memory training (blitz those aural tests in exams!) but above all the music is fun and a great alternative for students who need a change or addition to more formal playing. Scottish music also uses many different keys, modes and bowing techniques.

    More information can be found on our website:

    New book violin for adult learners

    Compiled and arranged by Margaret Schlink here at last is an adult-friendly beginner book!

    Suitable for the first year of learning it includes a variety of adult-friendly pieces of different genres, clearly laid out pages with logical technical and musical development, and a duet book. Sample pages may be viewed on


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Past Events

november 2019

02nov10:00 AM4:00 PMAlbany AUSTA String Festival 2019in conjunction with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra

october 2019

11oct9:54 AM9:54 AM

05octAll DayDalcroze Professional Development Workshops

september 2019

22sep12:00 PM6:00 PMMini-Conference and AGM

july 2019

14jul9:44 PM9:44 PMPerth Dalcroze Workshop

june 2019

28jun6:30 PMViola Fest with Katie Yap (Day 2)

27jun4:30 PM7:00 PMViola Fest with Katie Yap (Day 1)

16junAll DayAUSTA WA String Festival 2019

april 2019

06aprAll DayDalcroze Professional Development Workshops

march 2019

02mar2:00 PM4:30 PMACMP and AUSTA WA Worldwide Chamber Music Play-In