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Song-making workshop a hit with music students

By Patrick Nelson

Participants at the song-making workshop … four songs in two days Participants at the song-making workshop … four songs in two days

Two highly credentialed music industry professionals have worked with a group of aspiring Central Australian musicians to produce a set of radio-ready songs during a workshop at Charles Darwin University’s Alice Springs campus.

Contemporary music lecturer Cain Gilmour said CDU had been fortunate to secure the services of award-winning music mentors Robert Conley and Ilan Kidron for the two-day workshop.

Both boast outstanding resumes, having worked with some of industry’s biggest names including Justin Timberlake, Ricky Martin, Celine Dion, Jessica Mauboy and American hard rock group Kiss.

“Basically it was two intensive days of working against the clock to create market-ready music right here in the training studio,” Mr Gilmour said.

“It was incredible watching them collaborate with our VET music students, and some of our graduates who returned to maximise on this unique opportunity.”

Mr Gilmour said the hands-on nature of the workshop allowed students to fast-track their understanding of the contemporary music industry and the steps needed for success.

“They discussed the art of writing lyrics, the recording process, and how to overcome barriers within the song writing process.”

Mr Gilmour said the workshop was part of Song Makers, a national mentoring program run by the Australasian Performing Rights Association and the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society.

“The aim of the program is to nurture the next generation of hit-makers.”

Song Makers followed the annual Monkey Music concert where CDU’s Vocational Education and Training in School music students showcased their best work in a live performance.

Mr Gilmour said each student’s contribution to the concert counted towards their assessment.

“While it is always important to perform well for an audience, it is just as important that they can demonstrate competency with behind-the-scenes activities.”