CLAREMONT College has launched a trial partnership between the Department of Education and national music organisation APRA AMCOS.
Tasmanian students will have the opportunity to collaborate with some of Australia’s top songwriters and producers as part of a statewide trial of APRA AMCOS’ in-school music mentoring scheme, SongMakers.
SongMakers aims to develop closer links between schools and the Australian music industry, as well as help build students’ overall career-ready skills.
As part of the trial, five SongMakers hub schools across Tasmania will host mentored song-writing and recording workshops for students from their own and neighbouring schools.
The trial will deliver industry-specific professional learning to more than 40 teachers from targeted secondary schools across the state.
The recent launch at Claremont College featured a performance by ARIA award-winning songwriter/performer and APRA AMCOS ambassador Katie Wighton (All our Exes Live in Texas).
Australian record producer/songwriter Taka Perry was discovered in a SongMakers workshop while still at school.
His international production credits now include Dean Lewis and Ruel and music campaigner and project director Tina Broad, who runs APRA AMCOS’ SongMakers program.
Ms Broad said the SongMakers program would help schools respond to the challenge of providing engaging learning experiences that connected to the world beyond the school gate.
“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,” she said.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Tasmania on innovations to the SongMakers program and we commend the Department of Education for its pioneering spirit in this collaboration with us.”
Department of Education curriculum leader of the arts Jane Polley said the plan’s commitment to inspire and support all learners to be connected, resilient, creative and curious thinkers was encapsulated by the SongMakers program.
“We connect our learners to industry mentors, develop their resilience as they produce songs in a real-world scenario, extend their creativity and student voice as they create original songs and pique their curiosity about the music industry,” she said.
“We develop the transferable skills and attitudes our learners need for a fast-moving future – confidence, flexibility, adaptability and open-mindedness.”
The five hub schools are Claremont College, Launceston College, Ulverstone High School, New Norfolk High School and St Mary’s District School.
The trial will run over terms one and two in 2019 and will be evaluated in collaboration with education researchers at the University of Tasmania.
Caption: SongMakers veterans Katie Wighton and Taka Perry, pictured middle, with Claremont College music students.