Music Media Tribe Songwriting Workshops are a real-life full day songwriting and production workshop for dedicated music and media students.

Aim of the Music Media Tribe workshop
For a team of ten (10) students to create and produce a song with video clip and promote their product using social media Welcome to The Noughties.

Who will be involved in the workshop?

  • Musicians – Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Strings, Wind and other instruments
  • Vocalists (up to three)
  • Media Team (three?)
Students are not restricted to the above instrumentation format and selection would be at the discretion of the music staff on a school to school basis.

The Day – Music

  1. Collectively finding subject and keywords to build song lyrics
  2. Building strong, meaningful chorus lyrics
  3. Creating the style, mood, tempo and rhythmical feel
  4. Creation of basic chord structure for chorus
  5. Create melody and perform chorus vocals
  6. Lyric writing session for verses and bridge (story)
  7. Breakout session for instrumentalists to create the music for the intro, verses, bridge 
and their individual parts using two Mac books (ie guitars, wind instruments etc)
  8. Drums and bass work together to create defining rhythms and parts
  9. Vocalists collaborate to create backing vocals and harmonies
  10. Record keyboards then rest of instruments
  11. Finish vocal recordings
  12. Perform the song to the backing track for the Media Team to film
  13. Putting finishing touches to the recording
  14. Mixing the track

School Songwriting Workshop Testimonial – Melinda Sawers, Director of Music at Canberra Girls Grammar

The Day – Media
1. Media team structure their time taking notes and filming the process of the song creation
2. Create two videos. One for the “Making Of” and a “Film Clip” (live performance)
3. Filming and editing as the day progresses
4. Film band performance playing to the backing track. Create film clip
5. Finish video and upload to You Tube
6. Write a 400 word article to post on your blog site and to upload to GoArticles or as back link to the site
7. After the day they can finish the “Making Of” video and upload to You Tube and embed onto site as Blog Post

School Songwriting Workshop Testimonial – Marian Budos, Music Teacher at Alfred Deakin High School

Preparation prior to workshop
1. Chord structures – creating these will save time on the day
2. Choose a group name
3. Create a WordPress account and create a group site name
4. Create a Gmail and YouTube accounts
5. Create a Facebook group account
6. Create a GoArticles or account
7. Consider options for combinations of instruments

The Music Media Tribe workshops are outcomes based and illustrate how media and music work together to create a music business in the real world.
In the decade of diversity and digital downloads it is better to know and understand and work with available technologies to create our future as musicians and film makers rather than wait to be recognized by the uncertainty of these industries.

Music Media Tribe workshops have created 140 songs with over 2,500 primary and secondary students in schools

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For further information about the Music Media Tribe songwriting and Music Production workshops, contact John Bennetts on 07947 864 056 or

The pressure from the music industry to produce popular hits means that songwriting is often an activity for which the tasks are distributed between a number of people.[1] For example, a songwriter who excels at writing lyrics might be paired with a songwriter with a gift for creating original melodies. Pop songs may be written by group members from the band or by staff writers – songwriters directly employed by music publishers.[1] Some songwriters serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers.[1] In the 2010s, songwriters are no longer dependent on labels to support their music. Technology has advanced to the point where songwriters can record at home with a laptop and a good-quality USB microphone.

Songwriter info Courtesy of Wikipedia