For the second
consecutive year, Keebra Park SHS has been chosen to take part in a national
program about contemporary music. The College’s senior students will collaborate with some of
successful musicians and producers, as part of SongMakers - a national
mentoring program run by APRA AMCOS with support from The Australian
The program is
offered to a select 50 Australian schools each year.
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.
is all about contemporary music and is aimed at nurturing the next generation
of hit-makers – right there in the classroom.
program, senior music students work closely with two high profile mentors - one
artist and one producer - to create ‘market ready’ music,
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
“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 it’s so hands-on, it really fast-tracks
of today’s contemporary
music world and the steps needed for success.”
marks the fourth year of the national program. Go to www.songmakers.com.au to
hear some of the workshop songs and for information about the high profile
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 www.songmakers.com.au/resources.
For more information: Tina Broad, project consultant,
SongMakers, 0439 022 257 or Carolyn Bourn, Music Coordinator, on 5509 2504.