2019 Project in full swing with several albums already recorded!

Albums from Kool Skools 2019
The first Kool Skools albums recorded for 2019 including “PLAY” the 23rd album from Wangaratta High School who have been part of Kool Skools since 1997.

“Thank you so much, we have had an absolute ball with your program this year and are so excited to do it again in 2020. KoolSkools gave our community of emerging young talent the opportunity to step into a state of the art recording studio. Each sound technician made the young musicians feel comfortable no matter what level of experience the young person had, as they worked together to get the best out of each band/artist. Each track on our Album sounds amazing, the final product looks so professional and we cannot wait to launch the Album and sign up for the program again next year.”  (first time project in 2019) Tabitha Rickard | Youth Engagement Officer, City of Ballarat

The Artwork and song list from the Ballarat City Youth 2019 Kool Skools recording.
The Artists from Ballarat City Youth, Sonica Records Volume 1 from Kool Skools 2019.

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Its our 23rd Year of the Kool Skools project, register now!

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2018 Awards Nominations & Award Winners announced.

Mount Lilydale Mercy College are the Koolest Skool for 2018 !

The Awards for 2018 have been a great success! Held at the Thornbury Theatre the show went without a hitch and featured 20 different school age acts performing as part of the showcase chosen from schools from across the whole state. The Koolest Skool was announced at the end of the night as Mount Lilydale Mercy College which is the 2nd time they have received the honour. Music Coordinator Denver Carron was there along with a hoard of students from the school to accept the award frame. Checkout all the artists nominated and the award winners listed in the PDF document below.

2018 KS Award Nominations & Winners  *PDF document download

2018 Koolest Skool

Mount Lilydale Mercy College

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The Best of Kool Skools 2018 now on Soundcloud!

Checkout the best songs selected from Kool Skools 2018!

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Kool Skools 2018 VIC Awards This Sunday 18th Nov!

This Sunday the Kool Skools Awards!

We’re celebrating the 22nd year of Kool Skools with a great showcase of the original music from 2018 which is what the Kool Skools Project is all about. The showcase will see some stunning performances that will no doubt inspire, we may even be witnessing the beginnings of some major new careers like in the past when acts Missy Higgins & Delta Goodrem graced the Awards stage before they became household names. 

Kool Skools VIC Awards 2018
SUN 18th NOV 2018  
Doors from 6pm as usual and show from 630pm 
The Thornbury Theatre
859 High St
VIC 3071

Entry is Free!  All Kool Skools, Parents, families and students welcome to attend. 

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2018 shaping up to be a big year for original music!

There’s still time and opportunities to join in the Kool Skools Project this year. To find out more about the project simply call Paul Higgins on 0412686252 or send an email to paul@studio52.com.au

In 2017 around 30 schools took part in the project along with Council based youth projects. have a listen to some of the best songs on the Soundcloud below:


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2017 VIC Awards on Tonight at the George Wood PAC, Hear the Best of 2017!

Checkout the best songs from 2017 Kool Skools recordings on Soundcloud.


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Register Now for the 2017 project and celebrate the 21st Birthday of Kool Skools !

Kool Skools has been running now for a remarkable 21 years and has been a positive experience in countless young people’s lives, helping to start music careers for a lot of acts that are now famous and even house hold names within the Australian musical landscape.

Kool Skools is running again in 2017 at Music Feeds Studios in Sydney and Studio 52 in Melbourne, two of Australia’s best and most professional music studios. This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn about the music industry, to be encouraged in the art of song writing and to experience amazing times in a major recording studio dedicated to their own music. Get your school to register now for 2017!

To find out more about the project please ring Paul Higgins on 0412686252 or Trevor Carter on 0401088864. Or email paul@studio52.com.au and trevor@studio52.com.au

To get a feel for the project it’s best to start with the music. Have a listen to a selection of great tracks recorded just last year in 2016 on the Soundcloud link below.

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Still time to Register for Kool Skools 2016 !

It’s the huge 20th year of Kool Skools and schools from all over Victoria and NSW have been signing up to take part. This year we look set to record somewhere between 40 and 50 albums of original music by young Aussie songwriters, with musos and bands of all genres! There are still plenty of recording dates available up until mid October so please call for more info or register with Paul Higgins on 0412686252.

Two of our very first schools, Wangaratta High School and Thomastown Secondary will both be making history when they record their 20th albums this year. Between them they have given the first time opportunity of recording in a professional studio to over 300 young acts and have played a huge part in the Kool Skools Project, becoming part of the culture. They always have stand out songs, great performances and so many talented upcoming players. Both schools have received the Koolest Skool mantle multiple times over our 20 year history.

Some of the new schools this year doing the project for the first time or first time in a long while include Maranatha Christian School from Endeavour Hills, Boroondara City Council, Ulla Dulla HS from Ulla Dulla NSW, Cathedral College from Wangaratta and Menai College from NSW. Wodonga Senior Secondary and Wodonga Catholic College have aligned to share a new project and again the Captivate Program for Catholic Schools in NSW has booked to run at least five projects with potential to increase to eight. Their projects will include St Andrews College and John Paul II who did the project in 2015. Rowville SC has confirmed for a 2nd year and so have Craigieburn SC, Northern Beaches Christian School, Mt Lilydale Mercy College, Victory Christian College and Laverton P-12. Brisbane Waters SC from Woy Woy in NSW have also come back to us after a few years hiatus.

Many of our wonderful regulars are joining in the 20th year celebration such as Albury City for their 11th year, Moira Shire, Loddon Shire, Emmanuel College Warrnambool for the 7th time, Notre Dame College, Canterbury Girls and Mackellar Girls both from NSW.  Mill Park SC who took out the VIC Koolest Skool Award in 2015 will also be returning to record their 12th album!

We are looking forward to a fantastic year of original music from so many young talented singer-songwriters and bands, the recordings have already started with Heathdale Christian College and Korowa Anglican Girls already having recorded in Melbourne and Northern Beaches Christian School in the Sydney studio as this post goes to air.

The Awards Nights have already been confirmed in advance, here are the 2016 dates and venues – please put them in your diary so you don’t miss out!

NSW Awards – SUN NOV 20th
Nagle College, Blacktown

Victorian Awards – SUN DEC 18th
George Wood PAC, Ringwood

Mill Park SC at Kool Skools Awards

Mill Park SC awarded Koolest Skool for 2015 at the VIC Kool Skools Awards

Koolest Skool NSW 2015

Mackellar Girls Campus NSW Koolest Skool 2015

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Jordie Lane came thru Kool Skools back in 1998, check out his new Video on Rolling Stone!

A very young Jordie Lane came through Kool Skools in 1998 in a band called InTouch with Simon Bruce, both from Thornbury Darebin HS. They performed a song called Gossip Queen at the Awards Night held at Festival Hall. He’s come along way since then of course and has had a very successful music career for many years. His brilliant new song Frederick Steele McNeil Ferguson is now highlighted on the Rolling Stone website: check out the video.


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Jordie Lane – Frederick Steele McNeil Ferguson (Official Music Video)

Here’s the original Kool Skools video from 1998 featuring a very young Jordie Lane:

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