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. Winter 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, Easter and Winter shows yet, head over to our YouTube channel and check out the fun we had.
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-Fri, September 27-October 1
We’re going online!
Surprise, surprise – but what an opportunity.
Music for the past decade and more has been predominantly been created via collaborations with songwriters and performers not always in the same city.
The skills of recording at home to a guide track is imperative for the modern musician and the focus of this Rock Academy is on collaborative songwriting and creative expression, visually as well as musically.
We’ve uncovered some awesome collaborative software, that is accessible via your computers web browser (no need to download anything), we’ll have awesome mentors and a support team to help your Young Lion to deliver an amazing outcome.
Don’t have an audio interface, need a cable, don’t have a microphone? – all of these aren’t an excuse not to participate, we’ll get you what you need on loan and spend some time before the program to make sure everything works.
The challenge is to write and record an original song and create an accompanying film to be premiered on YouTube and Facebook on Sunday, October 14.
So here’s the rundown of the week:
Thursday, 23 September
Pre program technical check – a double check that you can record and upload a recorded track, answer any questions and troubleshoot as needed. Should only take about an hour.
Monday, September 27
Deconstruct and reconstruct a well known song. mentor will take you through a stem stem by stem dissection of a well known track outlining all the tricks and highlighting how to reconstruct the track. Everyone will record a track and upload and we’ll rebuild our cover of the track. We’ll ask you to upload a video of you playing which will be used to create a video of the song.
Tuesday, 24 September
Songwriting session with Glenn Reither from Icehouse/Jon Stevens Band looking at the use of hooks in your songwriting.
In the afternoon, bands will be formed and you’ll get writing your original song.
Wednesday, 25 September
Filmmaking workshop with Ben Schoonderbeek (Ben shot our Rock Academy 24’s performances at Bakehouse Studios) and then back to songwriting, recording, and video planning.
Thursday, 26 September
Recording, Shooting, editing and mixing.
Mentors will be available on Friday if you need a bit of extra help or guidance.
The audio files will be exported and the mighty Deano from Wrangler will do a final mix and master of each track to then be combined with your video.
It’s going to be an awesome week, with amazing outcomes, most notably improving your ability to record at home and collaborate with other musicians.
Mentors for our 25th Rock Academy will be led by Phil Ceberano.
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.