Rock Academy Spring – NOW OPEN
Happy Birthday to us, we turn 6 this September and rush headlong into our 7th year.
Our last three programs have seen a range of astonishing performances, great songwriting and some of the best quality shows we’ve ever seen, it just gets better. Winbter was sold out well before the start of the program,. so don’t hesitate, grab your friends and register now. If you’re aged 12-19 years old and keen to write, rehearse, record and perform music, then Rock Academy is the place for you.
If you haven’t checked out the Summer and Easter shows yet, head over to our YouTube channel and check out the fun we had. The Winter Show will be broadcast on July 25.
Spring will be just around the corner before we know it, so we’d suggest you be quick and register to Get Loud at Rock Academy 25.
We’ve made some changes to the most unique band performance program ever created (love the brag!) to suit the times, but it promises to be as awesome as ever. So if you haven’t been before or sat out the Covid challenged 2020, it’s time to step up and rock.
Bookings are now open for the Spring program in late September.
If times have been a little financially tough over the past 12 months, some of our awesome parents have banded together to create special funding for a number of our Young Lions and their families and if you’d like to be considered for support or would like to contribute to support a Young Lion, head over to our Scholarship page to find out more.
Rock Academy Spring
- Mon-Sat, September 27-October 2
As always there are limited spots for the in-person sessions at Bakehouse Studios so be swift (especially drummers and bass players).
On the first day, we kick it off with a spotlight session, where everyone gets to play, meet each other, and mingle.
The mentors will construct the bands and then you’ll head off to a rehearsal room with your bandmates and start working up a cover song, get creative and feel free to bend the genres and the rules.
On Tuesday morning we kick off with a Songwriting workshop led by our amazing mentors, getting you started on your way to writing your original song. After the workshop, you’ll join selected into a different band and with your new bandmates head to your rehearsal room to co-write your song.
On Wednesday morning we have some instrument workshops with specialist pro players, at Rock Academy 24 they were Marcel Youmanni for Guitarists and Paul Cartright for Bassists, then it’s back to rehearsals of originals and covers.
On Friday afternoon you’ll be nominated a time to come into Bakehouse Studios with your bandmates to perform your original song and cover song in front of the cameras and be recorded (audio and video) from the Scrap Museum. Times will be staggered for each band (using a shared backline)
On Saturday afternoon you’ll be on stage at Hotel Westwood, Footscray (to be confirmed) in front of an adoring audience.
The recorded performances will be mixed and polished and then premiered as a ‘Big Show’ on YouTube and Facebook on Sunday, October 17.
It’s a blast!
Mentors for our 25th Rock Academy will be led by Phil Ceberano, with additional mentors to be announced closer to the commencement of the program.
Rock Academy 25.
Rock Academy is a band performance program for teenage musicians who are looking to connect with other musicians, improve their songwriting skills, learn how to rehearse effectively and improve their performance as part of a band.
Our mentors are professional, touring and recording musicians – we’re not here to teach you, we’re not a school, it’s not class-based, we get in the rehearsal rooms and have 4 days to put together a great rock show. They’ll give you real-world guidance borne from their own personal experience.
There’s not another program like it in the world, so don’t miss out!
To confirm or book your spot at Rock Academy 25 click below.
Book now and Get Loud.
Some of the amazing mentors we have had are the cream of the crop of Australia’s musicians and include Phil Ceberano, Ash Davies (drumming legend), Nikki Nicholls (Farnham, Kylie), Karina Utomo (High Tension), Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe), Justin Burford (End of Fashion / Coco Blu), Finbar O’Hanlon (Jump Inc, Guitar God), Jimi Hocking (The Angels, Screaming Jets), Nick Barker, Ecca Vandal, Glenn Reither (Icehouse), Kate Ceberano and Monique Brumby, Cam MacKenzie (Mark Seymour & The Undertow), Ladyhood (Brihony Dawson) and Laura Davidson (AC/DShe, Bjorn Again), Paulie Stewart (Painters & Dockers), Fiona Lee Maynard (Have A Nice Day), Simon Hosford, Sam Vandenberg, Hanny J (Clowns), Jenny McKechnie (Cable Ties), Jen Sholakis (East Brunswick All Girls Choir), Larni Pearce (Creature Fear), Dean Tellefson (Tamahau, Wrangler Studios), Bec Sandridge, Max Moses, Rod Bustos (Vanessa Amorosi, Kate Ceberano), Emily Shaw (Lake Minnetonka), Ciarran Babbington (Bakers Eddy), Sarah McLeod (Superjesus), Clio Renner (Alex Lahey Band/Rockwiz Orchestra), Ben Stewart (Slowly Slowly & Congrats), Mareya, Damien Dixon (Foci), Jackson Phelan (RAT!Hammock), Jerome Smith, Mish Davies, Frank Lees (Press Club), Paris Wells, Nat Allison, Stevie Williams (Clowns) and more.