In mid 2016 the Peninsula Grammar Music Department took a bold and unique step, introducing individual tuition in Music Production and Songwriting.
After constructing an industry-standard production studio room and appointing platinum selling songwriter/producer Mr Lionel Towers, the program is now flourishing. Thirteen students from Years 8 to 12 are now writing and producing their own music.
This month, the first fruits of the program go on display with the public release of the studio’s first mixtape - a digital collection of seven completed songs by Peninsula Grammar students showcasing the promising sounds of what could easily be our country’s next artistic contributors.
“It’s fantastic to see composition; or more simply the creation of music becoming popular again for our students,” says Dr Richard Vaudrey, program creator and Head of Studio and Instrumental Music at Peninsula Grammar. “I wanted to foster this and expert guidance and the facilities to do more than simply learn other people’s music.”
Students within the program are establishing their own sound and enjoying every moment of the process.
“With Mr Towers’ guidance I've created things that I'm legitimately proud of and it has given me the confidence to create music for the future,” says Year 11 student Jack Burmeister.
For Year 9 student Matilda-Pearl McNamara-Muir, the classes allow her to explore music further.
“I have always wanted to write my own songs but have never really known where to start. With Mr Towers, I am able to share my ideas and concepts,” she says. “It is pretty cool to be able to say I have my own song.”
The 2017 Mixtape Volume 1 is available for download and streaming on popular streaming service SoundCloud or at peninsulagrammarmusic.com
For more information about music at Peninsula Grammar, phone 9788 7777 or go to www.peninsulagrammar.vic.edu.au