Checkout what teachers are saying about the Project.

Its a Dilemma, the new album from Trafalgar HS Students for 2019!

Ben from Trafalgar HS tells us why he’s a fan of the Kool Skools Project:

“Music is a subject that has the power to break boundaries, evoke emotion and unite groups of people, who may otherwise have never spoken or worked together if it weren’t for their shared interest in Music. Whether it be hip hop, rock, pop, classical or alternative, music can bring people together and that has been one of the greatest bi-products of being involved in the Kool Skools Recording Project at Studio 52/Empire Studios. Recording a CD is a great experience for students and teachers alike and the students love getting a copy of their music to share with family and friends.

I had heard about Kool Skools from colleagues at other schools over many years and decided that we were going to get involved. The students all pay a fee to be involved, so the more students you get involved, the cheaper it is. Our Music students had been playing in bands, at events and jamming both during lunchtimes and after school every day but when I mentioned the idea of recording an album, they thought this was the best idea they had heard and they were extremely excited about going to a real studio, with real engineers and producers and creating a CD of their own music. 

The day finally came to head down to the city to record at Studio 52 and the kids were ridiculously excited to record a large number of original songs and a selection of covers. As previously stated, a bunch of mixed year level students (7-12) from a range of backgrounds and skill levels joined with a common purpose and worked together to record a dozen or more tracks over the two days and not only recorded their own music but sat in as session musicians for other students and groups to help them get their tracks completed. It was fantastic and after the two days of recording, listening, re-recording and editing, the students learned heaps. Funnily enough, the first group of students I took to Kool Skools have maintained their musical connection at school and many have gone back over subsequent years to record again at Kool Skools. 

Paul and Trevor from Kool Skools (at Studio 52/Empire Music), as well as the other audio engineers, have been a wealth of knowledge and have provided great advice for both myself as the teacher and for the students during these recording sessions. These guys know their stuff and have been great with the students, helping them to record and giving them priceless tips and advice to help them learn and improve their sound, songwriting and playing. 

After recently completing another year of recording at Kool Skools in September 2019 and after recording a record 22+ tracks; a mix of acoustic/vocal duos, solo piano/acoustic/ukulele/vocal pieces and a number of rock bands, with a huge group of students, both the students and myself are still just as excited about this project as we were the first time. 

The day after our 2019 Kool Skools session was completed, the students were already back in the Music room discussing what they loved about the studio this year, how their songs sounded and what they want to record in 2020. The Kool Skools Recording Project is an annual music trip that the kids will be knocking down your music room door to get involved in… and it is totally worth it! 

If you want to get involved and know more about it, give Paul and Trevor a call at Studio 52/ Kool Skools! If you want an honest teacher’s perspective, track me down at Trafalgar High School in Victoria and we can have a chat – Ben.”

Ben Smith Music Coordinator Trafalgar High School 

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The new albums keep coming from Kool Skools 2019!

“Victory has been involved in five Kool Skools projects and our students look forward to it every year. Some of our senior students have played on every CD we’ve recorded so far, and they can clearly see how their music has developed over the years. They love working with the recording engineers who are extremely helpful and encouraging with our young musicians and singers. The arrival of the final CD is always greatly anticipated, as in the notification of any nominations for the end-of-year awards. I certainly recommend the program to any schools interested in injecting enthusiasm and real-world experience into their Music Program.”

Ian Oglethorpe – Music Coordinator.   Victory Christian College Strathdale

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“Walk Through Fire” the 2019 Kool Skools album from Victory Christian College Strathdale
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Students from Victory Christian College 2019 KS Project
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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
Thornbury
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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