Short Courses

The School of Creative Industries Community Music Program is opening up its studio’s and music production spaces to form a new series of short courses and workshops that will be some of the most progressive creative offerings in NSW.

The 2021 program being announced soon.

Performing To Camera – For Socials and Auditions

Commencing Thursday August 6 2020 for 5 weeks via Zoom

Are you preparing for the HSC, a music audition, or are interested in creating a vocal performance for an online audience?

This online course, offered by the University of Newcastle’s School of Creative Industries Community Music Program, is an invaluable step in your musical career and will be a fun and engaging experience, in a supportive environment.

Aimed at vocalists of all ages and facilitated by singer and vocal coach, Marissa Saroca, course participants will record/film themselves singing to backing tracks for the digital world and will explore:

  • Breath support
  • Use of vowels and consonants
  • Phrasing
  • Personality through performance
  • Combating nerves
  • Posture and physicality during recording
  • Microphone technique if applicable

The course is delivered each Thursday at 5:30-7pm for 5 weeks via Zoom (details on registration).

To find out more and purchase tickets: https://performingtocamera.eventbrite.com.au

About Marissa Saroca: As a professional singer/musician for most of her life, Marissa Saroca has two independent original albums, was on Team Lea (Salonga) of season one of The Voice of the Philippines, has two ABC Newcastle Music Awards for Best Female Vocals, and an extensive recording, coaching, and live performance career.

How To Release Music

Commencing Wednesday 9 September 2020 for 3 weeks face-to-face

A short course to help you get your music out there!

Are you finishing tracks and then wondering what to do with them? Do you want to share your music with the world but aren't sure how? Are you confused or wary of various release platforms?

The University of Newcastle's School of Creative Industries Community Program is excited to present this 3-week program, designed to help artists navigate the various promotional strategies, release platforms and revenue streams.

The course is held face-to-face at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music from 5-6pm Wednesday 9th September - Wednesday 23rd September. It is suitable for students aged 16 and above. No experience is required but participants must bring their own laptop or USB.

**Classes are limited to 10 people and social distancing protocols will be adhered to. Anyone displaying cold or flu like symptoms should not attend our campuses, and an online lesson may be offered if possible. **

To find out more and purchase tickets: https://howtoreleasemusic.eventbrite.com.au

Synth Sound Secrets

Commencing Tuesday 4 August 2020

Ever wanted to navigate your way through a bank of sounds and create contrast in timbre, re-create sounds or build a sound from scratch?

This course, offered by the University of Newcastle’s School of Creative Industries Community Music Program, is an invaluable step in your musical career and will be a fun and engaging experience, in a supportive environment.

Aimed at students aged 16 years and above, this course will help you expand your knowledge from the constraints of the traditional piano to an array of modern keyboards with various techniques to learn how to get the most out of your keyboard and devices.

Guided by Jesse Schadel, students will gain an advanced understanding of music technology including sound sampling, electronic synthesis, MIDI and digital audio workstations to use in recording, writing and live performances.

The course is delivered each Tuesday 6–7pm for 5 weeks, face-to-face at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music

** Classes are limited to 5 people and social distancing protocols will be adhered to. Anyone displaying cold or flu like symptoms should not attend our campuses, and an online lesson may be offered if possible.**

To find out more and purchase tickets: https://synthsoundsecrets.eventbrite.com.au

About Jesse Schadel: Jesse has over 10 years teaching experience, exploring the fundamentals of keyboards and technology across platforms old and new. His vast experience in recording, live performances and teaching practices have enabled him to gain a significant understanding of keyboards, music theory, synthesis and production with a wealth of current professional currency.

Finish Your Track! From Beat to Release...

Commencing Wednesday 5 August 2020 

Turn your ideas into a finished product!

Do you have trouble starting the creative process? Do you come up with short beats or parts of songs and can't quite seem to finish them? Do you write songs and want to develop them for commercial release? Then this course is for you!

The University of Newcastle's School of Creative Industries Community Program is excited to present this 5 week short course that will help you complete your songs, ready for release.

This course commences Wednesday 5th August 5-6pm for 5 weeks face-to-face at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. It is suitable for students aged 16 and above. No experience is required but participants must bring their own laptop or USB.

Classes are limited to 10 people and social distancing protocols will be adhered to. Anyone displaying cold or flu like symptoms should not attend our campuses, and an online lesson may be offered if possible.

To find out more and purchase tickets: https://frombeattorelease.eventbrite.com.au

Ableton Push Collaboration

Commencing Wednesday 5 August 2020

Be a part of Australia’s first Ableton Push collaboration!

The University of Newcastle's School of Creative Industries Community Program is excited to launch an innovating and engaging 7 week face to face course using Ableton Push. Push is an instrument that puts everything you need to make music in one place—at your fingertips. It’s a powerful, expressive instrument that gives you hands-on control of an unlimited palette of sounds, without needing to look at a computer.

In this course, participants will use digital controllers to create and perform within a new and exciting performance idiom. You will experiment with new finger controller techniques to create live mashups which will draw on a broad stylistic sample pallet and combine many musical concepts.

If you want to be a part of Australia’s first Ableton Push collaboration – then this course is for you!

The course is held each Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, commencing Wednesday 5th August . It is suitable for high school students aged 12-18 years. No experience is required but participants must bring their own laptop or USB.

Classes are limited to 10 people and social distancing protocols will be adhered to. Anyone displaying cold or flu like symptoms should not attend our campuses, and an online lesson may be offered if possible.

To find out more and purchase tickets: https://pushcollaboration.eventbrite.com.au

Sound and Colour – Online Song Writing Course

Commencing Thursday 6th August

Do you feel you’ve come to a fork in the road with your lyric writing or music composition? Then this 5 week course is for you.

This online course is aimed at those who want to pursue or learn more about song writing and share their music with the world. It commences on Thursday 6th August 6-7pm for 5 weeks.

You will learn concepts such as song structure, phrasing and the importance of communicating knowledge in a palatable way to create an experience or memory for the listener. The course will get to the nitty-gritty of what actually makes a good song, a good song. This course is designed for those 25 years or younger.

The course will be delivered via Zoom and participants will be sent meeting details before the course commences.

To find out more and purchase tickets: https://soundandcoloursongwriting.eventbrite.com.au