Great Start Scholarship

At The Music Place we are passionate about supporting the next generation of musicians, in continuing this long tradition we launched this scholarship.  The 'Great Start Scholarship' will provide a new high quality student level instrument and 12 months servicing to one successful student.  Available for flute, alto or tenor saxophone, clarinet, trumpet or trombone.


This year we are extending the scholarship program.  For an advancing woodwind student we are pleased to offer 3 X 1 hour lessons through term 1  2020.  This is made possible by the generous support of Luke Carbon, a woodwind multi-instrumentalist and educator based in Melbourne.



Selection Criteria (Instrument)

  • Has shown / demonstrated a passion for music
  • The cost of purchasing an instrument would prevent / hinder musical development
  • Has shown a commitment to furthering their education


Selection Criteria (Lessons)

  • Has shown / demonstrated a passion for music
  • Is studying VCE or higher level AMEB
  • Has shown a commitment to furthering their education
  • Access to highly skilled instrument specific teachers is limited


Eligibility Requirements

  • Aged between 10 and 18
  • If successful consents to completing a media waiver for The Music Place to use their name and image in promotional material
  • Must be currently or intending to begin regular music lesson from a specialist teacher


To apply complete the application form pdf and email or post to us.
Applications must be received by 5pm February 21st 2020.

The successful applicant will be notified by March 2st 2020 with instructions on how to accept the scholarship and arrangements collection of their new instrument.

The Great Start Scholarship will be awarded at the complete and sole discretion of The Music Place. No discourse will be entered into. If there is no suitable applicant The Music Place reserves the right to not award a scholarship. Scholarship total award value up to $3000 (dependent on instrument).


Specialist Lessons

The successful applicant for the lesson component will receive expert tuition from Luke Carbon, a woodwind multi-instrumentalist and educator based in Melbourne. He is an accomplished orchestral musician, chamber player, and fluent improviser, he attended the Australian National Academy of Music during 2015-2016 and was awarded a Master of Music Research, the Musica Viva Chamber Music Prize, and a programming award for his exploration of third stream music. Luke is a guest musician on both clarinet and saxophone with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria, a guest clarinetist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Victorian Opera, and has performed with ELISION, Ensemble Offspring, and Rubiks Collective. Recent festival appearances include the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Metropolis, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Dots+Loops, and the Brisbane Music Festival. Luke has performed numerous national and international premieres by composers including Yitzhak Yedid, Gunther Schuller, William Russo, Christine McCombe, and Kate Moore, amongst many others. His woodwind/percussion ensemble Enyato Duo, with Thea Rossen, has additionally commissioned works by Paul Dean, Samantha Wolf, and Tim Hansen. As a doubler on clarinet, saxophone, flute, oboe, and bassoon, Luke has played close to a dozen professional musical theatre productions, including West Side Story, The Sound of Music, and Evita. He is a current member of the Musica Viva in Schools group Water, Water, Everywhere, which reached its 200th performance in 2019. Luke teaches clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon at Wesley College.


Luke Carbon

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