Words by Mimi Velevska
In the current musical climate of ubiquitous electronica, there’s no denying that the scene is absolutely flourishing and with producers like Flume taking Aussie dance global, the elusive life of being a DJ, producer and/or performer is one that many dream of.
The Australian Institute of Music has recently announced its extension of their Music Composition and Production course to Melbourne. In what seems like the most fitting city, eager musicians can excel with the help of a course which aims to educate aspiring artists to wrap their heads around both the artistic and the business sides of the industry.
Senior Coordinator Gene Shill took me on a campus tour of AIM, deconstructing the course for me and opening my eyes to the impressive facilities.
The two year, six trimester Bachelor of Music (Composition & Music Production) offers a hands-on experience for musicians interested in focusing on composition and production. Offering private lessons and small tutorial class sizes – fully-equipped with television screens to have Skype-call lessons – the course offers a real opportunity for students to work closely with their peers, gaining knowledge from experienced industry teachers, both locally and abroad.
Students have the opportunity to gain a real insight from industry professionals including Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Dancing with the Stars and Australia’s Got Talent band leader, Daryl McKenzie, ARIA-Award winning performer Jade MacRae and former Sony publicist Frank Varrasso of Varrasso PR.
Led by Shill – whose credits include writing and recording for Sony BMG, Interscope, Universal and Ministry of Sound – there’s no denying that the course can offer a real insight into an array of career paths: Engineer, arranger, DJ, composer, live performer, studio musician, etc.
Students are provided with the best of the best of the latest production programs, facilities, practice rooms and performance stages. The acoustics are top-notch and students are encouraged to explore their craft using their preference of Ableton, Logic and the like.
Whether you’re into glitch, pop, hip hop, DJing or film scoring, there is a place for your passion at AIM. The course is for those who are already proficient in basic AMEB theory, have begun working on putting a folio of works together and want to combine their theory knowledge and apply it in a practical setting, be it on stage or behind the scenes.
AIM’s appreciation for the many genres and sub genres of music is evident, with practice rooms showing off gorgeous new shiny grand pianos and the latest technology in digital gear and computers.
With an understanding of the value of collaboration in the music scene, students are encouraged to work together in an organic open environment, sharing their ideas and work.
Graduating from this course, students should feel inspired and ready to take on the world. They will also have a firm grip on the industry as a whole, as a study of copy writing and the monetary and legal side of music is also offered, crucial for serious musicians in making smart and educated business decisions for the longevity and success of their chosen career paths.
With a convenient location on King St in the CBD, an online course intake at any time of the year and FEE-HELP available for students, AIM really is a fantastic option for musicians looking to fuse a love of both analogue and digital composition.
AIM is having their Open Day on Saturday November 15.
For more information, head to: www.aim.edu.au/events/2014/melbourne-open-day