A group of Aboriginal TAFE students in Dubbo are preparing their entry to the Australian music industry as they launch a CD of original music this month.
The students, who have been studying music at TAFE NSW – Western Institute’s Yarradamarra Aboriginal Performing Arts Centre have been put the skills they have been learning through their course into practice by writing and recording their own material.
According to Lloyd Dolan, Head Teacher of Aboriginal Performing Arts, the group is comprised of students in several courses who have been working on this project since July this year. “For many of the students writing and recording a CD was one of their goals when they commenced study,” he said.
“Several students were already writing the songs when they started the course and they inspired the rest of the group to get involved. Everyone in the group has now written a song which has been recorded.”
Mr Dolan said that the songs on the CD are mostly ballads which talk about the life experiences of the students. “The group hopes that because the songs tell their stories they will mean something to the listeners,” he said.
Kristy Dart, one of the students involved, said that producing the CD has been a highlight of their studies because it has provided important experience in working in the music industry.
“Not only have we learned about music, songwriting and recording but we’ve taken part in business aspects of the industry like marketing a product,” she said.
“We’ve never had an opportunity like this before… Yarradamarra has given us the chance to do what we love. Now we can let people hear what we’ve been learning.”
Mr Dolan said that the students also think that promoting their CD will inspire other young Aboriginal people to follow their lead and get involved in training with TAFE.