The ARIA award-winning musician and producer Anna Laverty, who has worked on tracks by Lady Gaga, Kate Miller-Heidke, Paul Dempsey and Cut Copy, spent two days mentoring students at Mazenod College.
The college was one of 50 Australian schools chosen to participate in the SongMakers program run by the Australasian Performing Right Association’s Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (APRA AMCOS).
Students have recorded original songs, which they will perform at upcoming school assemblies before releasing them publicly.
APRA AMCOS member services head Dean Ormston said the program aimed to nurture the next generation of Australian musicians and producers.
“The great thing about this program is that it takes the real world into the classroom,” he said.
“For most of these students, this is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate with and learn from some of the biggest names in music.
“And because it’s so hands-on, it really fast-tracks students’ understanding of today’s contemporary music world and the steps needed for success.”