Hobart College musicians get into the groove

HOBART College was transformed into a hub of creativity recently when some of the school’s budding musicians received one-on-one tutelage from two of Australia’s most successful music producers.

Organised as part of the national SongMakers program, the college’s senior music students were guided through an intensive two-day workshop run by award-winning performer and songwriter, LIOR, and Melbourne producer Anna Laverty.

By the end of the two-days, the 16 students had written and produced a market-ready music track.

Hobart College music teacher Lachlan Court said the SongMakers program provided a “life-changing” opportunity for students to work with mentors who had achieved national success in the original music scene.

“Through participation in the program, the students were armed with the tools to help them complete meaningful, quality creations,” he said.

“But more than anything, the program generated a sense of inspiration to pursue songwriting as a serious career, and many of our songwriters have since gone on to contribute value to the local music scene.”

Mr Court said the pressure of the program to deliver a product on a tight schedule reflected the pressures of the ‘real world’.

“The students needed to have their act together and work fast in the songwriting studio to create a successful product,” he said.

“As the market is increasingly saturated, it is getting much easier to release music but much more difficult to be heard.

“Skills in independent self-management and promotion are paramount for students to turn their passion into a career, which is exactly what this program focused on.

“SongMakers has been successful in inspiring this cohort and I am excited to see what this newfound energy will bring to the school music projects as the year goes on.”

Hobart College grade 11 student Riley Large, who plays the guitar, said he participated in the program to build experience in the recording industry.

“Once I got into the groove and past the first couple of hurdles, I found it be a very rewarding experience,” he said.

“It has given me a good idea of the timeframe when writing a song and although the writing process is tiring, it is well worth it.”

This is the third-consecutive year that Hobart College has been chosen to participate in the free program.

For more information about SongMakers, visit www.songmakers.com.au.

Caption: Hobart College senior music students have received instruction from two of Australia’s leading music producers as part of the national SongMakers program.

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