The project will involve two masterclasses and attendance at a performance at the UKARIA Cultural Centre.

Attendees will write their own review under the guidance of professional music writers and editors, gain feedback and have the chance to have their work published by InReview – South Australia’s home of professional arts reviewing.

The opportunity is open to recent South Australian graduates, honours students and emerging creatives in their final year of study at a South Australian university (see below for full eligibility).

The masterclass, open to six people only, will be run by vastly experienced music reviewer Graham Strahle, with input from InReview’s senior editorial team of David Washington and Suzie Keen.

Strahle said the masterclass was a great opportunity for musicians and other arts graduates/students to add another string to their creative bow.

“Fluency with how media works can be greatly beneficial to any career in music, the more so in a media-driven world, and where musical careers today need a wider skill-set,” he said.

“Reviewing can teach us in a unique way how to think and reflect on musical communication, concert-giving and the performing arts industry generally. There is a broad range of careers within the media, or that call on experience with the media, for those who are looking at expanding their options.

“Music reviewing can be a highly stimulating and different area to get involved in.

“This opportunity will give students who are interested in reviewing direct, hands-on experience working in a media organisation with seasoned professionals.”

Topics covered will include:

  • Setting goals in criticism
  • Thinking from a qualitative standpoint
  • Communicating to one’s readership
  • Being aware of industry expectations of reviewers
  • Understanding the perspective of publishers and arts organisations
  • Understanding effective communication
  • Improving writing skills
  • Working effectively to deadlines

The program will begin with an introductory masterclass from 1pm to 4pm on Thursday, November 2, in the city.

Then the group will be split into two – one group will attend UKARIA 24 at the UKARIA Cultural Centre at 7.30pm on Friday, November 10, while the other will see singer Megan Washington with pianist Paul Hankinson at UKARIA at 7.30pm on Saturday, December 2.

Follow up masterclasses will be held from 1pm to 4pm on Friday, November 17, for group one, and from 1pm to 4pm on Thursday, December 7, for group two.

Registering your interest is simple: send us a brief letter explaining your interest in this opportunity and why it would assist you, along with your CV.

Apply now to – please use the subject: “InReview/UKARIA masterclass”.

Entries close at 5pm on October 13, 2023.


The masterclass is open to graduates within five years of their final year of study from one of Helpmann Academy’s eligible programs, Honours students or undergraduate students in their final year of study in one of these programs. See if your qualification is eligible here.

The Helpmann Academy is a partner with InReview in a 10-week mentorship program for emerging reviewers, offered twice yearly. Participants in this music masterclass will have the chance to be considered for the next Helpmann Academy/InReview mentorship.

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