Singer/Songwriter Holiday Bootcamp
This course has been increasing in numbers since it was introduced a few years ago. It is only offered during school holiday periods and aimed at ages 12-18 years (very keen 11 year olds are admitted with prior approval).
Ideally participants need to be of intermediate vocal and/or musical ability and be able to read music or have a very good musical ‘ear’. Any instruments they play are warmly welcomed and a keyboard is available for their use. The focus of the course is writing and co-writing original songs. Discussion covers all basic elements of song writing such as composition theory, song analysis, style, lyrics, content, harmonies, and musical arrangement. The kids work collaboratively in small groups, duets or ensembles.
The course is both hands on and practical. Kids are able to record (and taught how to record) their songs and are encouraged to bring i-pads, phones and their own recording devices.