Rock Academy

September holidays here we come, whether it’s in person or online we’re going to be rocking, writing and performing one way or another.

Rock Academy Online

Doesn’t matter where you are in Australia or New Zealand. Join with other teens under the mentorship of awesome musicians to create original music and videos.

Merch, Merch, Merch

Rock Academy Limited Edition Merch – get yours now, once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

Rock Academy 21

Yes, we’re turning 21 in September.

Well, not really, but any excuse for a party right, and in these times we need all the fun we can get.

September highlights the start of our 6th year and while we don’t know what shape the program will take due to Covid-19, we’ll definitely be staging a program, either fully online or in-person at Bakehouse Studios.

Bookings are now open for both programs, if we are still in lockdown and cannot get into Bakehouse to rock, you can choose either to move to the online program or have a full refund – we, of course, suggest you rock with us online.

Monday – Wednesday

Commencing Monday, September 28 you will join the Young Lions from the Bakehouse program for an online songwriting session with our amazing mentors before breaking into your individual bands to start writing an original song.

In the afternoon we’ll have Dean from Wrangler Studios spend some time guiding you on how to best record at home and on basic mix skills allowing you to put the different components of the song together before he takes over and does a final mix for you. We highly recommend having an audio interface to connect your instrument to your computer. Drums can be recorded via a phone or computer microphone – have a look and a listen to the outcomes we got back in April .

After the recording session with Dean, we’ll have a filmmaker give you the rundown on making your very own film clip with links to heaps of online resources to support your creative vision. Over the next two days, you’ll co-write an original song, record it, do a basic mix and film and edit a companion film clip to be broadcast on Sunday, October 4th.

Monday – Friday

There will be limited spots for the in-person sessions at Bakehouse Studios, so be quick. We cannot add to the numbers as we are restricted by the Government policies. To keep everyone as safe as possible we have strict policies in place and ask everyone to apply commonsense.

Starting Monday, September 28 all Young Lions (participants of both the Bakehouse and Online programs) will join us online via Zoom for a songwriting workshop and then break out into their band to start the process of writing an original song.

We plan to be at Bakehouse Studios from Tuesday to Thursday for rehearsals, due to COVID we’re restricted on the number of band members and mentors we can have in a room at any given time, and you’ll need to wear a mask and use hand sanitiser constantly.

Each band will feature in the final video broadcast on Sunday, October 4th. See how the July show came together.

Bakehouse based bands will prepare an original and a cover song (same band members) written, arranged and rehearsed ready to perform in front of the camera on Friday, October 2 at Bakehouse. You’ll be given nominated times to come in and perform as we can only have 10-12 people at a time in the performance space (Scrap Museum).

We’ll record your performance live (audio and video) do some post mixing and then incorporate the videos from the Online Program to deliver the Rock Academy 21 show streamed on Facebook and YouTube on Sunday, October 4.

We all know how cool the online and in-person programs are, so the combination is going to be a blast in September, don’t miss out, book now.
Mentors for our 21st aren’t confirmed as yet, but as always we’re caking up something tasty and special for all.

Rock Academy XXI.

Rock Academy is committed to ensuring that our Young Lions remain connected and engaged in this uncertain time and the focus in these times is to educate and encourage collaborations using practices, technology and experience that are used worldwide with the biggest recording artists, producers, mixers, engineers, promoters, agents and record labels.

The music industry exists on the exchange of ideas in person and across technology platforms, so running our programs in this way provides you with a look at what the real world will throw your way.

To confirm or book your spot at Rock Academy XX click the button 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) and more.