Val­ley stu­dents in mu­sic pro­gram

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

A NEW schools pro­gram link­ing Tas­ma­nian stu­dents with some of Aus­tralia’s top song­writ­ers and pro­duc­ers will help bud­ding Der­went Val­ley school-age mu­si­cians de­velop over­all ca­reer-ready skills.

Launched last week at Clare­mont Col­lege, SongMak­ers, a statewide men­tor­ing trial, will pair APRA AMCOS mu­si­cians with mu­sic stu­dents at five sec­ondary schools, in­clud­ing New Nor­folk High, from next year.

As part of the trial, es­tab­lished song­writ­ers and mu­sic pro­duc­ers will men­tor stu­dents in song writ­ing and record­ing work­shops.

Pro­gram di­rec­tor Tina Broad said the ini­tia­tive would help equip stu­dents with a ca­reer in mu­sic be­yond high school.

“The SongMak­ers pro­gram helps schools re­spond to the chal­lenge of pro­vid­ing en­gag­ing learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that con­nect to the world be­yond the school gate,” she said.

“This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant in con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, where things like record­ing tech­nolo­gies and dig­i­tal dis­tri­bu­tion meth­ods are chang­ing so rapidly and rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing how orig­i­nal mu­sic gets made and heard.”

New Nor­folk High School prin­ci­pal Peter Walker said the pro­gram would of­fer stu­dents an in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

“This op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents is re­ally ex­cit­ing as it pre­sents them with an un­der­stand­ing about how hard you need to work to forge a ca­reer in the arts,” he said.

“It’s re­ally a money-can’t-buy ex­pe­ri­ence and will teach stu­dents to re­main pas­sion­ate and to keep work­ing to get the re­sults they want.”

The other four schools that will host the trial are Clare­mont Col­lege, Launce­s­ton Col­lege, Ulver­stone High School and St Mary’s District School.

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