Music Courses as Fundraisers

Raise money by offering something different

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Music appreciation courses can make great fundraisers. You can provide community education and offer your subscribers something different with a music course on a topic of your choice. Use your mailing list to your advantage: profits can be high if costs are kept down. Courses can be tailored to your own particular topics and occasions.

“Susan is just a fantastic teacher. She has a wonderful personality that shines through and is incredibly knowledgeable about her subject. I would consider enrolling in any course that Susan is teaching.”

Sample Costings for a Short Talk

Income 20 people 40 people 60 people
Course fee ($65 per head)* $1,300 $2,600 $3,900
Expenses      
Speaker ($130 per hour) $390 $390 $390
Catering ($10 per head) $200 $400 $600
Lecture notes ($5 per head) $100 $200 $300
Total expenses $690 $990 $1,290
Profit $610 $1,610 $2,610

*Based on similar 1 day courses at adult education institutions. Figures are estimates only. Costings don't include venue, equipment hire or advertising. Profits may be increased by doing your own catering and printing. All figures include GST.

Sample Costings for a One Day Course

Income 20 people 40 people 60 people
Course fee ($130 per head)* $2,600 $5,200 $7,800
Expenses      
Speaker ($130 per hour) $910 $910 $910
Catering ($15 per head) $300 $600 $900
Lecture notes ($5 per head) $100 $200 $300
Total expenses $1,310 $1,710 $2,110
Profit $1,290 $3,490 $5,690

*Based on similar 1 day courses at adult education institutions. Figures are estimates only. Costings don't include venue, equipment hire or advertising. Profits may be increased by doing your own catering and printing. All figures include GST.

Equipment Required

  • Stereo speakers
  • Data projector and screen
  • Piano or keyboard

Susan may be able to provide some of this equipment.

About Susan Deas

B.A., B.Mus., A.Mus.A, M.Mus., MMTA

Susan Deas is a professional musician, lecturer and teacher. She has been teaching music appreciation courses for more than twenty years, through Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education, WEA Sydney and at other venues. Her training includes a Bachelor of Music with a major in Performance (Piano) and Musicology, a Master of Music Studies (Studio Pedagogy), a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), and an A.Mus.A in Musicianship. Susan teaches piano and music theory to adults and children, and plays piano and organ at various venues around Sydney.

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Short Talks

  • Introduction to the Symphony
  • Introduction to the Concerto
  • An Evening with Chopin
  • The Requiem
  • The Mass in Music
  • An Evening with Beethoven
  • What Do Conductors Do?
  • An Evening with Mozart
  • The Piano
  • The Magic of Text Setting
  • Handel’s Messiah
  • The Story of Lieder
  • An Evening with Schubert
  • Discovering Programme Music
  • George Gershwin’s Journey to Opera
  • Puccini and the Orchestra
  • Verdi and the Orchestra
  • An Evening with Bach
  • How to Read Music (sort of)
  • Music Theory Taster
  • How Chords Work
  • Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
  • Tchaikovsky’s 1812
More about short talks

One Day Courses: Composers

  • Bach
  • Handel
  • Mozart
  • Beethoven
  • Liszt
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Brahms
  • Mahler
  • Puccini
  • George Gershwin

One Day Courses: Topics

  • Understanding the Symphony
  • Understanding The Concerto
  • Understanding the Orchestra
  • Understanding Chamber Music
  • Understanding Opera
  • The History of Opera
  • The Joy of Choral Music
  • Music of the Baroque Period
  • Music of the Classical Period
  • Music of the Romantic Period
  • Music of the Impressionist Period

Eight Week Courses

  • A Beginner's Guide to Classical Music
  • A Brief History of Music
  • Classical Genres
  • Eight Great Composers
  • Another Eight Great Composers
  • A Beginner's Guide to Opera
  • How Music Works: A Beginner's Guide
  • A Beginner's Guide to the Orchestra
Complete list of courses available