Young People playing Australian Music
- Saplings Website:
- Sessions and Workshops
- Master Classes
- Family Camps
- Sessions at Folk Festivals
Saplings is for musicians aged approx. 8 – 16 who play acoustic instruments at all levels.
We provide music and some of the tunes are written in simple versions for beginners.
Unless you are an ear player we prefer c instruments but we do have some music in bflat.
Singing is encouraged and we always include songs as part of our sessions and workshops. Words provided.
We have a number of tutors who share a passion for our music history
with a great love of bush music and traditional songs.
The Festivals we usually attend are..... The National at Canberra, The Illawarra Folk Festival at Bulli, Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival and The Bush Traditions Gathering.
Most of these sessions go for an hour each day with a short concert spot at the end of the festival. Our sessions are interactive. Depending on the number of musicians who come, we split into small groups to play and learn some tunes at different speeds, then come together as a large group to play what we have learnt and sing. We also provide percussion for those who came without an instrument.
We hold a Master Class once a year for a full day. We use our own Tritton Hall at the Addison Road Community Centre at Marrickville, as well as a number of surrounding huts, so we can split the students into groups depending on age, level and instrument. It’s a fun day with lots of opportunities to try out other instruments, dance, sing and workshop tunes and songs. Lots of fun and lots of pizza!! Registration for this day is essential.
Family Camps... Saplings in the Bush:
This is a great weekend where families get to meet, have fun and play some music….or just relax in a rural atmosphere. Every family will be required to bring their own camping or caravanning gear + food for this once a year event. There is scheduled and un-scheduled time to play music and other types of fun activities. Registration is also required.