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Want to Write & Record your Own Hit Song? Of course you do

And thanks to an initiative by the School of Contemporary Music at the Victorian College of the Arts, you can do just that this coming school holidays. Oh yeah.

Pop Song Writing Boot Camp (Monday 1st July Friday 5th July) is a five-day course where participants will be introduced to a range of songwriting techniques, lyrics, hooks and melodies while creating their own songs. Discussion about the business of writing will be of particular interest to those considering entering the music industry. On the final day you will perform your work in a live recording concert.

Through group sessions and individual work you'll be introduced to some realities and strategies in the music industry including understanding the pop market, song form basics, popular themes, melody writing, rhyming schemes, chord progressions, reharmonisation, collaboration, production, differentiating between verse and chorus, and developing a personal style.

This is not a course for complete beginners as some prior musical knowledge and ability is required. It will be of great value to those who have made a start with songwriting, and would like to develop their songwriting skills further.

Enrolments close Monday 24 June (unless sold out prior) and cost for the five days is $550 (including GST)
 with a 20% discount for enrolled University of Melbourne students and a staff discount of 10% for University of Melbourne alumni.

Pop Song Writing Boot Camp will be held at the School of Contemporary Music, 
Victorian College of the Arts, 
234 St Kilda Road, 
Southbank VIC 3006

More information about this course, and others on offer, is available from the VCA website. Further enquires can be directed to Danielle Boardman, 
Program Coordinator
 by email:
, or phone: 61 3 9810 3237.
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Why? Everyone Wants to Be A Pop Star
When: 1st - 5th July
Phone: 61 3 9810 3237
Where: Victorian College of the Arts
Cost: $550 (discounts for university alumni)
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