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Heathdale Christian College new album complete

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new album for 2014

Heathdale Christian College have just completed their 2014 
Kool Skools Album “ Life AND The Living” at Studio 52 Melbourne. 

They’re Back ! Kool Skools 2014 is now full steam ahead as Heathdale Christian College (one of the project’s most consistently excellent schools) have just completed their latest offering “ Life AND The Living”.

This year, great teacher and mentor Ben Salvador has introduced some great young bloods to the project as many of his outstanding students from the previous 2 years have moved on. And the guys did him and the school proud
 .. once again producing a fantastic album.

Writing (and hair growing) “machine” Louise Gaul opens the album with her fabulous anthemic rock track “Radioactive Air” and closes the album with “Sweet Serenity”. But her influence is also found on many other tracks throughout the album either as a writer or multi-facetted instrumentalist.

As usual Heathdale have come up with a fully original CD with great variety. Winston Chui and Glenn Bussey contribute a great electronic dance track, Trizia Madronio belts out a great gospel tune, Ashlea Ephraums shows off her wonderful voice with a beautiful ballad .. just to mention a few of the many highlights. Well done (again) guys !

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Girls Can Rock! … Kool Skools is underway for 2014!

Korowa Anglican Girls School have just recorded their album this week at Studio 52 Melbourne. It’s our First Skool for 2014!

Girls Can Rock !

What a great start to Kool Skools 2014. The girls from Korowa GS came in and laid down some awesome tracks, completing easily their strongest album in the project to date. Olivia Burgess and Olivia Dumville rocked out in Studio A while Emma Anvari shone in Studio B with her outstanding song “ Rebelle”. Also, fourteen year old Tany Brahmanand has set the bar high early in the “Best Female Vocal” stakes with her wonderfully soulful performances on “Shards of Hope” and Armageddon” .. Well done guys and well done to their amazing teacher and mentor Caroline Servadei !

Korowa Anglican Girls School album for 2014

Korowa Anglican Girls Kool Skools album for 2014


Lizzie and Luna from Korowa Anglican Girls School

Lizzie and Luna from Korowa Anglican Girls School

Olivia D and Tany from Korowa Anglican Girls School

Olivia D and Tany from Korowa Anglican Girls


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2014 JB HiFI Kool Skools “Prize” now open for applications

If you’re of school age (up to 19 yo) have an original band, group or you’re a singer-songwriter you should apply now for the 2014 JB HiFi Kool Skools Prize. Get all the details and the Entry Form here. You could win the chance to record at Melbourne’s Studio 52 as part of the Kool Skools Project. See the criteria and details with the entry form. ENTER NOW!

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Record at Studio 52 in Melbourne thanks to JB HiFi, Enter Now!

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Still time to Register and book dates for Kool Skools 2014

We’re having a great response to applications for Kool Skools this year. Already we have a 100% return rate from all the projects who took part in 2013 plus there has been a lot of first time enquiries. We are even starting to hear from past Koolskoolers who now teach and want to give their students the same great experience in a recording studio that they had enjoyed themselves.

There is still time to register and there are a lot of dates still available as we have extended the recording window to allow for projects as early as this month of March to as late as October 2014. Call 03-9417-7707 ext2 for more information and available dates.

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the Kool Skools Project has had an enormous influence on Australian music.

So much great music has been born out of the Kool Skools Project. Important artists of all genres from pure-pop to heavy rock, blues & indie acoustic. 

Find out more about the history of Kool Skools and the artists that started in the project and who went on to successful and  important careers within the music business. See the Alumni link to Past Kool Skoolers.

So many great artists and their music born out of early recordings with the Kool Skools Project

So many great artists and their music born out of early recordings with the Kool Skools Project

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Two schools celebrating their 18th Album in 2014!

Happy 18th !!!  Congratulations to Wangaratta High School and Thomastown SC, both schools are recording their 18th album with Kool Skools in 2014! They started the project in the first year 1997 and have been part of the project every year since! 

“#18 CD for Wangaratta High School! Kool Skools has influenced and changed the lives of many of our students. it has allowed the music department to grow and prosper.” David Ashfield (previous music coordinator now headed up by Scott Solimo)

David Ashfield accepting the 10th KS Award for Wangaratta HS.

David Ashfield accepting the 10th KS Award for Wangaratta

Jim Sismanes 10th year KS Award for Thomastworn SC

Jim Sismanes 10th year KS Award for Thomastworn SC

“Thomastown SC now boasts its own music recording studio and an extensive music program and a strong musical culture that owes its existence to the ongoing success and participation within the ‘Kool Skools’ project.” Jim Sismanes (previous music coordinator now headed up by Jimi Lundy)


Thomastown were also Awarded as the Koolest Skool for 2013!

JImi Lundy and the students from Thomastown SC  pictured with Paul Higgins from Kool Skools

JImi Lundy and the students from Thomastown SC pictured with Paul Higgins from Kool Skools

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Register Now for the 2014 Kool Skools Project!

Kool Skools promotes, develops and supports a diverse range of talent and all genres of contemporary music through Australian Secondary Schools. In 2014 Kool Skools will run its 18th year hosting the most inspiring songwriting and recording project available for young people! This is the year that will see the project come of age and be ramped up like never before towards its 3rd decade of success.

“I’m a HUGE fan of the project. Real recording experiences you wouldn’t normally get the chance to be part of. This years’ students said it was the coolest thing they have ever done!”      ben salvador   Heathdale Christian College

Every school or council from the 2013 project has already signed up again for 2014 and two schools will incredibly be celebrating their 18th student album with us. On top of that we are already gaining many more enquiries and applications from returning schools and new schools. Over the past 17 years over 150 schools and City Councils have participated from Victoria alone. The project has run in all states of Australia except the NT but currently runs in Victoria, NSW and the ACT.

Kool Skools is all about songwriting and making original music. Each year students aged between 13-18 write and record around 350 songs and the amazing thing is that they get to choose the style and genre and are encouraged to vent their thoughts and feelings through words and music without controls from parents or teachers. It is truly a project which is owned by the young people who participate. It’s authenticity is also its reason for success and longevity.

“kool skools has launched the careers of many of our music students including missy higgins and axle whitehead”.
            paul retke  Geelong Grammar School

Most other projects and TV music shows are usually competitions that pit singers against each other, performing songs they didn’t even write. Kool Skools is completely different. In contrast our project is all about the recognising of talent and the development of songwriting skills. We want to celebrate and encourage everyone involved not just ‘winners’. Rather than comparing a bunch of people doing the same thing we try to showcase the diversity and difference each group of acts bring. For many young people it’s the first time they get to showcase what’s special about them and for many parents the first time they get to witness what their kids are trying to say and do through music.

Overall, Kool Skools is a true grass-roots songwriting project that appeals to young people and celebrates their achievements within the greater community. The project offers the added benefits of schooling students in the recording, promotion and marketing of music, an education that assists them with any future business or project based activity.

“kool skools was incredible experience. it created teamwork musically but also pulled everything together across campuses, year levels, ethnicities and backgrounds. from year to year the ‘legend’ of the experience of doing kool skools keeps the students focused and creative.”
helen jensen Copperfield College

To be part of Kool Skools there is no formal audition process.  Kool Skools is not a competition. You can REGISTER NOW for 2014 buy calling  03-9417-7707 or emailing us on the contact page or direct to the project coordinator, Paul Higgins at Or 0412-686-252

General Criteria to be involved in Kool Skools:

• Must have support from your school or a youth entity such as a council youth centre or youth association
• Your project must have a 100% contemporary music focus
• Your music content to be recorded can be of a single music genre such as Rock, Jazz or HipHop but diversity of genres is recommended, most projects are made up of several different groups from with different music styles as a compilation album representing the whole school.
• Generally projects are preferred to include more than just one group but can vary from 1-8 groups in any one project
• At least 50% of music recorded must be original written by the students
• All, or most people involved in the project should be of school age up to 19yo. (call Studio 52 to discuss any exceptions to this)
• Any people who are involved who are above the age limit will not be eligible to be judged or receive awards. (except in some instances, ‘special individual awards’)
• Each project must be recorded at either Studio 52 in Melbourne or Music Feeds Studios in Sydney
• Along with recording, each project involves making a short video, doing the CD artwork and we recommend that each school or council write and promote a Media release about their project
• Artists need to attend the Awards Nights and be able to perform live if invited to perform at the end of year Awards showcases, generally acts only perform 1 song as the Award Nights feature up to 23 different acts on stage
• Participants from each project need to support and attend their State Award Night held in Sydney and Melbourne, usually middle to late November each year                                      • There is a cost to do the project however this is highly subsidised thanks to the sponsors involved each year. The one-off cost includes the access to recording studios and multimedia along with 450 copies of the final CD (from 500 produced) and up to 30 tickets to the State Awards Night. Please contact the Kool Skools office directly for more details, call Paul Higgins on 03-9417-7707 ext 2 or 0412686252.


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All the latest info for Kool Skools – download here

All the 2012 info packs went out a few weeks ago but if you’ve missed out or would like to know all the info about 2012 and our new “Loud at Lunchtime Kool Skools tour simply download the latest documents below. There’s even the form for re-ordering award frames for previous winners and the latest entry form for the 2012 JB HiFi Kool Skools Prize which is open to all bands under the age of 19. This could be the opportunity of a lifetime and is the only to be part of Kool Skools if your school isn’t part of the project.

KS Registration form 2012      JB HiFi Kool Skools Competition (pdf entry form)

Natasha Duarte’ school tour      KS Award Frame Order Form

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Register Now for Kool Skools 2012!

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register for Kool Skools 2012 recording studio project

Kool Skools is quite simply the most exciting way to engage and motivate your students. Kool Skools will provide the education and support your students need within the realm of music, songwriting and in the entertainment industry as a whole. Kool Skools is the perfect way to gain real world experience as it provides the opportunity for young people to work in a professional workplace with people from the industry. The outcomes are real and life enriching.
Many of the young people who have come through Kool Skools have gone on to careers in music, the arts, media and entertainment industries including some major names as you will see listed. Kool Skools is not a competition or battle of the bands, it is the ultimate work experience program in the areas that excite and interest most young people – music, technology, pop culture, video and photography, live performance and all things creative. The recordings, photos, videos and CD’s created through the project will help your students gain self esteem and will have the added benefit of promoting and showcasing your school or council’s commitment to young people in providing the opportunities they really want.
Kool Skools is an exciting Recording and Multimedia Project for secondary level students now well into its second decade. Projects are open to all secondary schools and council youth agencies, youth associations and clubs. Kool Skools promotes, develops and supports a diverse range of talent and all genres of contemporary music writing and performance.
Working within a professional recording environment in Sydney or Melbourne, your school or youth agency will record an album of music by your musicians, singers and bands plus produce 500 CD’s containing the music, graphics and digital imagery created by your students.
Recordings are held in professional production houses: Megaphon Studios and Studio 52. Each school receives 450 copies of their individual CD for their own use as part of the project with a further 50 copies distributed free to sponsors, media outlets and through other youth promotions. An overall ‘Best of Kool Skools’ CD is also produced each year.

You are encouraged to create a “student compilation album”, in order to involve a diverse range of students not necessarily limited to those already doing music or music studies. Kool Skools is remarkable in the way it can engage and inspire even the most hard to reach young people or those who are normally way “too cool” to join in on other school group activities. It works because it allows them to express their own individuality even while still fostering an overall team spirit. Students can strive for personal best achievement as well as success as a group. Music teachers or youth officers can use Kool Skools to inspire musicians and groups from around the whole school or community, this is a great way to broaden the music and arts culture within a school or community centre.

Kool Skools provides education that cannot be delivered in a traditional school environment. It’s educational value is evident having a dramatic impact on student’s creative skills along with major improvements in general technical skills across the board. The recording studio is like a microscope, allowing each student to look much closer at their individual strengths and weaknesses. Kool Skools is a successful springboard and training ground for developing career opportunities. Not only does it provide real career options, students involved gain valuable insights into aspects of these industries. They also gain time management skills and the ability to meet strict working deadlines within a creative environment.

Kool Skools receives assistance and support from a variety of sponsors such as JB Hi-Fi and Studio 52 along with various music companies and industry grants. Support from the studios involved allows the project to be provided at a heavily subsidised rate and therefore be affordable to all schools and students. Kool Skools is designed to be self-funding, with many schools pre-selling their CD’s not only to cover costs, but also generating extra funds. For regional schools who have the burden of travel & accommodation, it is recommended that local fundraising events are planned and individual community sponsors be sought and thanked by providing advertising within the school’s eight page CD booklet. Some schools also join forces with other schools within their region or in collaboration with their local Council. Multiple school combined projects are a great option for smaller schools. The overall project fee covers the recording costs, the CD manufacture and 30 tickets to the main awards showcase held in each state. For details about the project cost and payment terms call the main Kool Skools number (03) 9417-7707.

The Kool Skools CD can be used as an effective marketing tool towards the overall promotion of your school’s or community activities. The Kool Skools ‘Best of’ compilation CD and each individual school CD is also supplied by Kool Skools to industry professionals and media throughout Australia, with aspects of each school project published on the Kool Skools website. The works created also act as an important folio item for students. We strongly advise that each project prepare a ‘Media Release’ which can be written by the teachers and students collectively. This can then be used to gain attention for the school in local press and other media.

Kool Skools is designed to motivate students all year round. Rather than being a one off project to be completed within the studio, it is envisioned that the students work all year developing their songwriting and general performance skills, artwork and media design. If woven into your school curriculum or a community festival, Kool Skools can be a valuable motivational device to keep students focused on the realisation of their goals. It will also aid in building team spirit and the self esteem of all those participating.

Share the Project – Collaborate with schools or councils in your region – if you think your school is too small to participate in Kool Skools you’re wrong, simply join forces with another local school or get the local council involved with a variety of schools under one banner. Its so much fun and so positive for your students to network with other budding musos and songwriters plus it opens the way to build great partnerships and community ties.

Students also receive public recognition for their hard work and dedication by inviting their family and friends to the ARIA style awards nights at the culmination of the project. These are no ordinary school speech nights. They are held in major venues and feature  concert sound systems, full lighting and multimedia presentations. The Award Nights aim to highlight the quality of work through live performances and awards presented by sponsors and patrons who support them. Each year about 35 acts from the project get chosen to perform. Not to be missed!

Calendar + Timelines:
Application & acceptance process
(until all allocations are full: 35 places in Victoria and 15 places in NSW)
• Recordings take place between April & September
• CDs manufactured and delivered within a month of recording completion date
• Awards Nights in Melbourne and in Sydney, mid November dates TBA
• Memories & outcomes will last forever

Accessible to all schools
Kool Skools is heavily subsidised, thanks to Sponsors involved in the project more than 60% of the cost is covered for you. If you are interested in registering please call the Kool Skools main office to discuss the overall cost of participation. The project fee includes the studio recordings, artwork and multimedia components, 500 CDs manufactured of your album, 30 tickets to the awards night and inclusion in all the Kool Skools activities, materials and website.

Collaborate for Success!
If you are concerned that Kool Skools is too big for your school then why not collaborate with other schools in your area under a shared project. Many schools also participate under the shared projects organised by shire councils and similar entities. Kool Skools can also customise projects to suit multi school projects, talk to Paul Higgins at Kool Skools main office to discuss options.

Contact Us
For more information, please call
the team at Kool Skools and
Studio 52 in Melbourne
on (03) 9417 7707

Specific NSW or ACT project enquiries
can also be directed to
Megaphon Recording Studios
in Sydney on
(02) 9550-6576

Kool Skools Recording Project
National Coordination Office:
Kool Skools Pty Ltd
c/o Studio 52
23-25a Johnston St
Victoria 3066
ph: (03) 9417 7707
fax: (03) 9417 5294
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