Studio Y – Youth Music Program

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The Rotorua Youth Centre has just launched its brand new Music Performance Course – ‘Studio Y’

The Music and Performance Arts Course is a 16-week program consisting of regular performance rehearsals and a mix of theory and practical activities. The emphasis of the course is to enlighten aspiring youth to the demands and skills required to be successful in our music and entertainment industry.
Youth can form bands or perform solo and have the opportunity to learn about and perform different music styles throughout the course. These might include homegrown, blues, reggae, hiphop/r&b, rock or pop. Youth will learn to set-up and work with live sound equipment and, from time to time, have the opportunity to perform in public when these present themselves and learn important recording techniques and etiquette. They will gain an insight into the processes of the music industry, both business and practical, through the eyes of guest speakers and artists from time to time.

Starting on the 30th of May 2016, the 16 week course runs Mondays and Tuesdays from 4.30 to 6.30pm in the brand new Rotorua Youth Centre recording studio, and incorporates both practical and theoretical learning styles.
Tutors Richard Anaru and Elisha Hulton have a reputation that precedes them in the New Zealand music industry.

Core Elements of the program includes:

  • Elementary Music Theory
  • Basic Ear Training
  • Music Appreciation
  • Primary Performance Skills
  • Practice and Performance 
(bands and solo performance)
  • Basic Live Sound Techniques
  • Recording Techniques
  • Music Industry Business Processes

Our new recording facilities includes

  • Computer running recording software Logic Pro X
  • Monitors
  • Microphones, leads, mic stands, etc.
  • Dedicated studio room
  • Instruments and amps incl –
  • 2x Guitars, 1x Bass guitar, 1 x 88 key keyboard, 3 x amps.
  • Basic drum set.
  • PA system
  • and more