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UCOL Music students Sing the Blues

14 August 2012

UCOL Music students Sing the Blues

Whanganui people have an opportunity this week to check out the quality of Whanganui UCOL’s first Certificate in Contemporary Music students.

The ten students enrolled on the programme will stage their first gig at Breakers this Thursday night. Two student bands will perform blues music as part of their study programme: they’ll be assessed on the quality of the concert.

Lecturer Nigel Mauchline says the students have made terrific progress since they started the Certificate of Contemporary Music programme just four weeks ago. “They’ve focused on the Blues over the first four weeks, including creating some of their own compositions which will feature in this week’s concert.

“These are the musos of the future,” he says. “So it’s important that they get the experience of performing in front of a real audience. We hope the Whanganui community will turn out and show their support for these talented young players and singers.”

The 34 week Contemporary Music programme is designed to prepare graduates to enter the music industry or go on to further studies in specialised areas such as audio engineering or band management.

Big on live performance, the one year programme is based on the highly successful certificate offered by the Auckland based Music + Audio Institute of New Zealand or MAINZ. Students form bands and train to perform in eight different styles during the year. There are regular band rehearsals, classroom and practical tuition and tutorials covering music theory, composition, and arranging music.

When: 8.30 pm Thursday 16 August. Where: Breakers in Whanganui.

Attendance is free.


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