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Say g’day to music school’s songsters By Liz Rogers

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We love a cultural exchange story here at Mornington Peninsula Magazine and this one’s a ripper. Students from The Music Industry School of Music in Rosebud will spin their own unique brand of Mornington Peninsula lyrical magic in La La Land this September and it’s going to be big. Camp LA will run for nine days from September 19-28 with a four-day songwriting camp thrown into the mix. How could this happen, you may ask? Well, let’s begin here.

Singer/songwriter and Music Industry owner/operator Cheryl Beattie has got contacts and credentials. Once signed as an artist to Warner Brothers UK and BMG NYC, she now nurtures her own band of songwriting musicians from her music school. As a passionate teacher of talented kids flocking to her school from Western Port through to Port Phillip Bay, Cheryl’s songs sung many years ago have come in handy for this group of very lucky, albeit artistically endowed kids.

She explains: “When I was in London I met a songwriter called Pam Sheyne and we became wonderful friends. Pam had already had a couple of hits in London when we met, but during our friendship she went on to write Genie In A Bottle for Christina Aguilera and Irresistible for Jessica Simpson among many others, including songs for the Disney film The Princess Diaries. I spent 10 years in New York and London singing and writing with some of the best in the business too, but back to Pam — I went to visit her last year in LA. We got to chatting about my school and she suggested we bring the kids over so she and songwriter Richard Harris could teach them the fundamentals of writing great songs. At the end of the camp the kids will be introduced to A&R people who scout for talent and will get to perform in front of them. There’ll also be a visit to Capitol Records, meetings with industry insiders and seeing the sights in LA. It’s very exciting.”

Now that’s an opportunity and a half. The lucky eight musicians who have been songwriting for the past two years at The Music Industry are working hard to raise the money to experience this Los Angeles trip of a life time. Fourteen-year-old Lachie Clue, 15-year-old Lily Clancy Dillon and Hannah Milner, 16-year-old Matilda Pearl Muir, Taylah Logan, Grace Plumbridge and Peppa-Rose Nettlefold, and 17-year-old Andrew Leonard are raring to go. Seven of the kids play piano, two play guitar and two play the ukulele. They all sing and write songs. Max Rowe, who is a teacher and mentor at The Music Industry, also plays a large role in organising Camp LA and will be joining Cheryl and the students on their trip.

Cheryl continues: “The students are raising money by busking at local festivals and in the street. They are even selling chocolates. We are putting on a concert at SPAC on June 22 and holding a trivia night on July 27. Our local radio station, RPPFM, and the Rosebud Chamber of Commerce have been very supportive too.”

If you’d like to find out more about this exciting adventure, any of the events associated with it or more about what’s on offer at The Music Industry School of Music, go to the Go Fund Me page at or log on to to say g’day.  

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