by Troy Higson (yr11)
photos by M. Gowland (staff)
Year 11 Specialist Music students have been exploring the wonders of music making and producing with ex-music student, now musician, Sam Newman.
Specialist Music coordinator Mike Gowland said, “these sessions were organised to support the students in their journey to mastery music technologies”.
He added, “it is gratifying to see graduates of our program return to give something back to the current students. It keeps it special and really build on the sense of a musical community, something we value highly”.
Every Monday over 4 weeks the students are mentored by Sam as they explore where music and technology meet in performance and in production. They learn how to sample, arrange produce using industry standard software and hardware.
Participating student Daniel Kent said “Sam is really helping us understand how to use software to create and compose our own music, and also how to use samples from other music to influence and alter our own”.
Sam ‘s mantra for students is “Let your passion explore the wonders of music” and they are certainly doing this as they explore and experiment with their own ideas and compositions.