Valley students in music program
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.