With thanks to the Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland for the use of their Code of Practice as a basis for the AGSA Code.


To provide the best accompaniment possible for our clients in an environment that promotes rapport and encourages confidence and freedom of expression.

To support and guide our clients towards excellence in performance by sharing our knowledge of style and interpretation, helping to develop artistic flair and all that leads to a successful musical outcome for all concerned.

To this end it is important that an accompanist:

  • gives adequate attention to preparation prior to the first rehearsal so that rehearsal time is not wasted
  • is prepared to decline an invitation should a work be too difficult for a reasonably successful performance
  • provides information about communication skills which will assist ensemble (attack, release, togetherness)
  • engenders enthusiasm for the music being studied and for music making as an art
  • is sensitive and professional when pointing out errors in another’s work, avoiding offence or implication that a teacher lacks musical integrity
  • treats performance at all levels of development with equal respect and musical attention
  • encourages respect for the value of the accompanist as a significant musical partner
  • presents a professional image of the profession of the accompanist by attention to matters such as dress, punctuality, reliability, honesty and efficient administration of accounts
  • is careful to avoid double booking of rehearsal/performance times
  • makes prompt and early contact with a client should a problem arise which may require reorganisation
  • observes the requirements of the Australian Copyright Act (1968) by ensuring that original copies of Copyright music are used in performance
  • does not bring the reputation of the profession of the Accompanist or the Accompanists’ Guild of SA into disrepute through any form of unprofessional behaviour