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SongMakers 2017


For the second consecutive year, Keebra Park SHS has been chosen to take part in a national program about contemporary music. The Colleges senior students will collaborate with some of Australias most successful musicians and producers, as part of SongMakers - a national mentoring program run by APRA AMCOS with support from The Australian Government.

The program is offered to a select 50 Australian schools each year.

Keebra Park SHS will transform into a kind of creative hothouse for sixteen budding songwriters and producers. They will work over two intensive days – 13, 14 March - with Award-winning mentors: songwriter and producer, Robert Conley (Kiss, Beyonce, Ricky Martin, Santana); and performer/writer, Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc), to create and record new songs.

SongMakers is all about contemporary music and is aimed at nurturing the next generation of hit-makers – right there in the classroom.

Under the program, senior music students work closely with two high profile mentors - one artist and one producer - to create market readymusic, against the clock, from scratch.  The program is provided free to participating schools.

We congratulate Keebra Park SHS on again securing a place on the program. It is a credit to the strength of the music program at the school that we have selected it for a repeat visit this year,says Dean Ormston, APRA AMCOS Head of Member Services Group.

The great thing about the SongMakers program is that it brings the real world into the classroom. Students get to collaborate with and learn from some of the biggest names in music. And because its so hands-on, it really fast-tracks studentsunderstanding of todays contemporary music world and the steps needed for success.

SongMakers 2017 marks the fourth year of the national program. Go to to hear some of the workshop songs and for information about the high profile mentors.

In addition to the 50 in-school workshops, SongMakers also provides free classroom support materials, aligned to the Australian Curriculum, to ALL Australian secondary schools. These can be accessed at

For more information: Tina Broad, project consultant, SongMakers, 0439 022 257 or Carolyn Bourn, Music Coordinator,  on 5509 2504.

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