Let’s face it 2020 was pretty miserable and Covid. Young people missed out on so many important opportunities so its really important to catch up by making 2021 bigger and more memorable than ever! It’s our 25th year of Kool Skools so its the perfect time to join in this amazing musical experience! There are already 28 album projects planned with schools and councils around the state so we are well on our way for a bumper 2021. Don’t waste another year by missing this opportunity for your kids. It’s going to be amazing for everyone to record at the brand new home of Studio 52 and Empire Music Studios at Heidelberg. The facilities are much bigger than those previously at Collingwood and the quality of the new studios are absolutely world-class. So if you’ve got a talented bunch of music students at your school now is the time to get involved in the Kool Skools Project, 2021 is the year! Call Paul Higgins on 0412686252 for more information and to set up a tour of the new facilities.
Covid 19 pandemic has caused school closures and studio closures making it impossible for the project to go ahead in 2020. We really feel for all the young people who will miss out on so many opportunities this year including this project and the chance to record. This would have been the 24th year of the project so we are incredibly disappointed but hope to see everyone back again in 2021 for our 25th Anniversary project! Thanks to all schools, councils and sponsors for your support. Stay safe!
The 2019 Awards were held at the Thornbury Theatre on Dec 5. The Koolest Skool Award went to Victory Christian College from Strathdale in Victoria.
The Awards were Presented by Light Emotion and Wharfedale Pro two of the best suppliers of live sound and stage lighting equipment. 18 artists performed live on the night and 32 awards were given out to talented and deserving songwriters, bands and singers.
It’s that time of the year again where we celebrate the talent and original songs written and recorded as part of the Kool Skools Project. The Awards are being held at the Thornbury Theatre on DEC 5, entry is free for all underage along with family or parents attending the showcase. 18 acts will be performing live! The 2019 Awards are presented by Light Emotion and Wharfedale Pro, suppliers of some of the best and most affordable PA and Lighting equipment.
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.”
“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
“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
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.