New program for budding musicians


The River Rock Band program is for elementary and high school students.

There’s an exciting new musical opportunity for students in the Edward River area, thanks to a new program from South West Music.

The River Rock Band program is for elementary and middle school students who want to learn how to start a band from scratch, get involved in a team, and make their voice heard.

The program, which takes place over two terms, will provide students with mentorship, coaching and performance opportunities, designed to help train the next generation of musicians in the region.

Students will also explore topics such as songwriting, marketing, branding, and other essential creative industry business skills such as stage management, stage crafting, creating digital content and sound engineering.

SWM’s music manager, Louise King, said the program was getting a lot of interest and great feedback.

“It’s fantastic to see so many young musicians from our current student community signing up and attracting newbies to our program from across the region,” she said.

“Young people and our education team are very excited to be playing, creating, writing and recording music together again, after such a disruptive few years for live music making, the music industry. tours and the festival circuit.

“It’s so exciting to bring young musicians together at the start of the program to offer them a sequential path to band success, with guest industry talks, workshops and performances spread over two terms, students will have a clear goal of recording, writing a band song and producing a music video.

Ms. King said programs such as the River Rock Band are extremely important to the growth and confidence of future leaders in our region.

“You can’t be what you can’t see,” she said.

“This program opens a path of potential and fulfillment to our young people in this region.

“The program is not just about creating music in a group, it is designed to teach young people the soft skills of ‘belonging’ and ‘connecting’ by developing identity, self-confidence, resilience, teamwork, leadership and critical thinking.

The program is scheduled to begin Monday, July 25, and SWM will be accepting entries until Monday, July 18.

“Anyone interested in signing up, get in touch,” Ms King said.

“Our new band program provides opportunities to develop, inspire, mentor and connect industry professionals with passionate emerging musicians.

“This new program will lead to a youth-led mentorship program in the creative industries to produce and program the programming of acts and events for the reimagined Flat Earth Festival in 2023.”

The River Rock Band program is funded by the NSW Government Youth Opportunities Program.

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