New music program at Samaritan

ENSEMBLE: From left, Year 9 Samaritan College students Josh Koen, Issy Garde and Summer Beaty are excited about the new music program.
ENSEMBLE: From left, Year 9 Samaritan College students Josh Koen, Issy Garde and Summer Beaty are excited about the new music program.

A new music program to be delivered at Samaritan College from next year promises to give Year 10 students the opportunity to engage in live performance, staging, and recording.

Certificate 2 in Music Industry will be open to all secondary school students around Whyalla and will be delivered by experienced performers in Stormfront Productions' Alison Hams and Mark Tempany.

It's the first time such a course has been available in the Upper Spencer Gulf, offering a school-based formal qualification towards entering the professional music industry.

The course also contributes to students' South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) credits, giving them a way to start their SACE journey early.

Samaritan Director of Teaching and Learning Tanya Gibson said the school was excited to deliver a program that gives students with a passion for music to develop their skills.

"We're hoping the musical and creative students of Whyalla will get behind this," she said.

"The initial intake will be of Year 10 students but we'd certainly look at enrolling students from higher year levels if they have some background skills.

"If the program is successful we plan to deliver higher Music Industry qualifications in the future as we believe it's important to give students legitimate opportunities to train and qualify in artistic fields."

Samaritan College Year 9 student Summer Beaty said she was hoping to forge a career in music, particularly in production.

"Working behind the scenes would be really cool to do," she said.

"There hasn't been a way for me to find out if this is definitely what I want to do, so I feel like this is a way to know this is the career path I want to go down."

Music Industry Trainer and Mentor Alison Hams said Stormfront were delighted to help Samaritan pioneer an 'amazing initiative for the region'.

"This sort of hands-on training is an excellent pathway for young people who want to learn the skills they need to make the Music Industry a career," she said.

"We're really excited to set them in the right direction, and watch their journeys unfold."

Stormfront Productions' Mark Tempany said the program highlighted ways to work in the music industry for students who don't sing or play an instrument.

"There are opportunities out there for sound engineers, lighting operators and studio producers - working towards a Certificate 2 in Music Industry is the ideal way to start a journey in that direction," he said.

To enrol in Certificate 2 in Music Industry, contact Director of Teaching & Learning Tanya Gibson on 8645 8568 or tanya.gibson@samaritan.catholic.edu.au.