Geelong & Bellarine students land world-class mentorship from music industry hitmakers

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Geelong & Bellarine students land world-class mentorship from music industry hitmakers

Words by staff writer

KLP, Chelsea Warner, and Jackson Phelan (RAT!hammock) are among the industry professionals.

SongMakers and FReeZA have teamed up to present ‘SongMakers: The Come Together Edition.’

This exciting program will provide 40 students from 10 local high schools with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write, record, and perform 10 original songs, guided by some of the music industry’s hitmakers.

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On the 1 and 2 of August, Belmont High and Surf Coast Secondary College will come alive with creativity and collaboration as students dive into the contemporary songwriting-in-school SongMakers program. With the expert mentorship of renowned industry professionals like KLP, Chelsea Warner, Jackson Phelan (RAT!hammock), Elizabeth M. Drummond, DVNA, Reggie Banks, and more, these young talents will learn the invaluable skills of creativity, collaboration, and perseverance.

Teacher Steve McEwan from Bellarine Secondary College expressed excitement, “SongMakers coming on board has taken the idea of Come Together to the next level. Not only will we be able to share our performances but now we will be able to share our creativity, vision and goals for music across the whole region as educators and musicians. I can see so many great outcomes from this collaboration.”

With the mentorship in full swing, the real magic will happen on the 10 September at Queenscliff Town Hall when the students showcase their compositions at the ‘Come Together’ FReeZA Battle of the Bands event. As the young musicians take the stage, the energy will be electric, and the talent on display will be nothing short of extraordinary.

Participating schools include Bellarine Secondary College, Lara Secondary College, Oberon High School, Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College, Surf Coast Secondary College, Belmont High School, Lorne P-12 College, Geelong High School, Kardinia International College, and Clonard College.

This musical extravaganza is not just about honing skills; it’s about shaping the future of songwriting in Victoria. The Victorian Government has dedicated a remarkable $2 million to the teaching of songwriting in high schools, underscoring their commitment to fostering creativity and nurturing the next generation of musical talents.

So, could we see the rise of the next King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Missy Higgins, Magic Dirt, or Alice Ivy from among these local students? Only time will tell, but the future for songwriting in Victoria is undoubtedly shining bright.

To find out more, head to SongMakers and FReeZA