I was pleased to be contacted earlier this year by Kate Whitney (director of MusicEDU) to write Studio Sessions – a music program for lower secondary school students that incorporates music technology skills such as multi-track recording, sequencing and creating special effects with a focus keyboard playing, composition and listening exercises.

Studio Sessions follows on from the very successful Keyboard Evolution program which introduces students in the first year of high school to musical concepts, note reading, and performance opportunities.

The Studio Sessions program that has multiple delivery options, including digital keyboards, computers and Jamhub and it can be run intensively over one term, or spread out over 6 or 12 months. There’s a student workbook, as well as website resources for both student and teachers including video clips, backing tracks and extension material.

Program Content

It was lots of fun devising the program and I came up with three themes to encompass the 10 sessions:

1. Be a Music Producer

2. Be an Audio Engineer

3. Be a Film Composer

Student activities include:

  • composing program music
  • synchronising music to film
  • creating and exploring new sounds
  • making your own ringtone
  • remixing a classical piece
  • performing
  • playing ensemble arrangements
  • listening exercises
  • and more

Next steps?

We’re currently in the pilot phase of the program and will be released nationally in 2013. If you’d like more information about Studio Sessions, please visit the Studio Sessions page on the MusicEDU website.