Amer­i­can song­writer helps out at Whi­tireia

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Pat Pattison has taught John Mayor and Aoro­smith, and last week he was teach­ing Porirua’s up-and­com­ing mu­si­cians. Whi­tireia Com­mu­nity Polytech­nic mu­sic stu­dents were taught by the Berklee Col­lege of Mu­sic pro­fes­sor dur­ing his sec­ond visit to New Zealand.

Pattison, who has worked with some of the world’s best song­writ­ers, first vis­ited Whi­tireia two years ago.

‘‘I’m thrilled to be here again,’’ he said. ‘‘I en­joy work­ing with the stu­dents and their teach­ers, who seem fresh and vi­tal and fo­cused on learn­ing. That’s enough for me.’’

Whi­tireia mu­sic stu­dent Robert Kingi said he could not be­lieve he was learn­ing from some­one he had long ad­mired.

‘‘ I’ve got a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ap­proach to writ­ing songs. Mu­sic is pow­er­ful and can be used to por­tray a mes­sage. It’s an in­ter­na­tional lan­guage,’’ he said.

Pattison said there was a lot of talent in Porirua and he had heard some ex­cel­lent songs while vis­it­ing.

‘‘Meet­ing people en­gaged in the pur­suit of ex­cel­lence is al­ways the best part and we’ve taken some lovely drives through some beau­ti­ful coun­try­side.’’

He said cu­rios­ity, an open mind and try­ing new ways to ex­press ideas were the skills needed to be a good song­writer.

Pattison started work­ing at Berklee in 1975. He has pub­lished four books on song­writ­ing.

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