As the mercury rises and we welcome the summer season, our cities are bustling with shoppers, sight-seers and party-goers – and helping our cities come alive, are music students from JMC Academy.
Students welcome every chance to practice all aspects of their craft, whether that means road testing new original material, practicing performance techniques or building up confidence in front of a live audience, and we love helping them create opportunities to do all of the above!
Up in Brisbane, we recently held Spring Music Sessions at Queen Street Mall. Shoppers at the biggest outdoor mall in Brisbane were treated to free live music from our students, spanning multiple genres. Performing at the open-air main stage were Will Day & The Alibis, a five piece urban country outfit, Electric Suede, a four piece rock-n-roll band, Chris Tamwoy with his signature acoustic guitar style that is currently sweeping the internet, and Casj with their unique brand of alt rock, indie and blues. Performer Richard Butler told us "Playing at the Queen Street Mall was a great opportunity for us to play our music to totally new audience. The band and I are very grateful that we were given the privilege of performing on that stage."
Down in Melbourne, the Spring Racing season is in full swing. And who better to serenade the race-goers at the after party destination than JMC Academy music students? Set in the luxurious Market Lane Bar in the Intercontinental Hotel Melbourne, ‘Sounds of Spring Racing’ series is designed to showcase the best of Melbourne’s emerging musicians and artists. JMC Academy students performed an assortment of indie-pop, acoustic and soul. Chris Pickering, Head of Contemporary Music and Performance at JMC Academy Melbourne, said, “Sounds of Spring Racing is a chance for Melbourne’s top emerging artists to showcase their talents during a carnival of Melbourne’s best racing, style and entertainment. Tailoring their musical styles to suit the unique themes of each race day, the musicians and artists will help to create a memorable after-party event for all race-goers and Melbournians alike.”
It is opportunities like these that help mould our students into even better performers and artists, and we are now proud to complement our degrees and diplomas in Contemporary Music performance, with degrees and diplomas in Songwriting. JMC Academy Songwriting and Contemporary Music Performance lecturer, Shannon Brown, tells us “songwriting is a skill that is rarely taught and whether you're a relative beginner or an experienced musician, it’s important that artists learn the practice of brainstorming ideas, overcoming writer's block and expressing themselves more effectively in words as well as through music”. We look forward to watching our students flourish with this new offering, and you can be sure to hear more of their music in the summer air over the coming months.