How to Perform in a Recording Studio Environment

Under our supervision students visit a professional recording studio and take part in sessions learning about:

  • Practicing and playing to a click track and temporary track.
  • Learning to play with headphones as a monitor.
  • Recording individual tracks as opposed to playing together as a group.
  • Studio practices and procedures for recording a song.

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Song Writing

This is a combination of applied music theory and the development of a student’s intuitive musical instincts to create original songs in any style.
In these lessons students learn about:

  • Composing the basic elements of song – lyrics, melody, and harmony
  • Structure – form – rhythm - style of a genre
  • Scoring a completed song – basic chart writing
  • Arranging – instrumentation

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How to Perform Live Onstage

What to know and do regarding performance in its many settings, whether large or small. This is a course that looks at the many elements that are a part of performing. Good preparation helps a performance go right and minimises what can go wrong - it is an important part of building one’s professionalism.

The topics include:

  • Where to start? Jam sessions – open mic events – auditions - formal gigs
  • Your musical equipment – what to prepare for
  • Microphone technique
  • Rehearsal techniques - drilling your performance material
  • The stage environment (sound and lighting) – dealing with production personnel at a venue
  • Presentation and stage etiquette
  • 'Live tuning'
  • How to handle if a string breaks while performing
  • How to repair a broken guitar cord
  • The importance of evaluating your performance – positive self-reflection – accept good feedback.

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Music Careers – Advisory Service

music careers pop rock guitar bass lessons perthThis is an ongoing consultation service that assists individuals with a strong interest in making a career in music, to understand, plan, and map out the steps necessary to achieve their goals in the business – important points include:

  • Establishment of a personal admin plan that aligns all future activities.
  • Knowing your ‘hat’ in music – performer/songwriter/band leader/instrumentalist/singer/solo artist? What am I?
  • Evaluating your Instrumental skills –always keep improving, discovering.
  • Music study – how much training do I need? Where can I go to further my knowledge and skills?
  • Exactly, what am I selling, and what is my valuable final product?
  • Know how the industry operates today in the digital media world. Where is your audience, where is the market place, where is the monetary return?
  • Copyright - the agencies that protect intellectual property (original songs etc), and pay out performance and usage royalties across various media.

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