Going for a song
STUDENTS from St Norbert College sharpened their songwriting skills in the presence of Australian music legends in a two-day course last week.
The Queens Park school was one of 50 selected to take part in the national mentoring program Song Makers run by the Australasian Performing Rights Association and the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (APRA AMCOS).
The school transformed into a creative hub for 16 budding songwriters and producers, working with award-winning writer/performer Kav Temperley, from Eskimo Joe, and producer Anna Laverty.
The program is aimed at nurturing the next generation of hit-makers in the classroom. Under the program, senior music students worked to create market-ready music, against the clock, from scratch.
Year 12 music student Gereleigh Mina said she was challenged to focus to produce high quality and meaningful music.
“It was an eye-opening experience, learning the process of songwriting and experiencing the reality of the life of a working musician,” she said.
“It was an amazing opportunity being able to collaborate with two of Australia’s best songwriters and producers, and one I will never forget.”
St Norbert acting principal Clem Mulcahy said the students fully immersed themselves in the experience.
“The students embraced this with open arms, taking on board all suggestions, with the final product surpassing the expectations of their mentors,” he said.
Songs produced during the course will be uploaded to SoundCloud.
St Norbert College students Emily Coniglio and Matilda Jenkins with Eskimo Joe’s Kav Temperley in the recording studio.