Go­ing for a song

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH - Pia van Straalen

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.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d453545

St Nor­bert Col­lege stu­dents Emily Coniglio and Matilda Jenk­ins with Eskimo Joe’s Kav Tem­per­ley in the record­ing stu­dio.

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