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Enquire now about COSAMP's Online Cert IV Sound Production Course

Study Sound Production Online. Next course: JULY 2018!

Are you a student or school-leaver looking for a flexible, online study option to kick start your Audio Engineering career? Are you already in the Music Industry and looking for a formal qualification to upskill? Are you a Teacher or Coordinator looking to hone your skills and give your students and music programs the edge at your school? COSAMP is proud to offer a unique self-paced learning alternative to your sound production study, with our online Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production)! The course is a great solution for those wishing to update their music industry qualifications to include invaluable knowledge about today’s music technology, now such an integral part of 21st Century music production and performance. Plus, with the option for a wholly online course involving no contact hours onsite, the course is perfect for those in remote or regional areas and those students looking to undertake flexible study around their existing work/life schedule. COSAMP’s CUA40915 Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production) consists of fourteen Units of Competency (see below), divided into eight ‘short courses’ that you complete online, in your own time. Learn the skills and knowledge required to work as a digital producer, a live sound mixer or a studio engineer using our exclusive real world exercises to hone your skills. You’ll also learn about planning a business for the new music industry and how to manage your time! Students are given access to the Online Learning Portal which will walk you through your course, step by step, as well as 10 hours of Online Trainer Support. Our trainers are always on hand to assist with any aspects of the course you need, with tailored one-on-one screen sharing sessions specific to your needs and your DAW / studio setup. Enquire now about the July 2018 intake by filling out the enquiry form on the Online Training page.

Triple J Uneathed High

JJJ Unearthed Finalists Announced!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Shenton College’s “Arno Faraji” who won triple j Unearthed for 2017! Check out a video of the announcement on the COSAMP Facebook! fter more than 1,000 songs coming in from High School acts right across the country over the four weeks of the competition, Triple J have announced the 2017 finalists for the annual Unearthed High competition! The competition celebrates nearly a decade of incredible teen discoveries including Japanese Wallpaper, Montaigne, Stonefield, Mosquito Coast and most recently Gretta Ray. Announced August 7th, this year’s finalists include students from COSAMP member schools Shenton College, Darwin High School and Caulfield Grammar. Arno Faraji (Shenton College) is nominated for his track ‘Destiny’s’, with the station describing him as “one of the most exciting young hip hop artists in the country, with his keen, future-leaning productions only matched by his whip smart raps and oozing charisma.” Out of Darwin High School, with a track named ‘Hell In Every Religion’, is Stevie Jean. The 17-year-old marries an “unstoppable” voice with songwriting that is ignited with raw emotional power. “It’ll have you in a sweat by the time its four minutes are up, demanding you to experience it again,” Triple J says. Finally, Electronic duo SŸDE represent Caulfield Grammar with an already-popular jam entitled ‘Orbit’ (Ft. Ashe). “Juggling school and a burgeoning music career, this Melbourne duo’s super clean, chilled-house track ‘Orbit {Ft. Ashe}’ has struck a chord globally,” Triple J says, “amassing more than eight million plays on streaming services and lighting a path to big things ahead.” We’d like to congratulate these students and the other finalist on a great achievement thus far. The winner will be announced on Thursday 17 August by Ben & Liam (Triple J Breakfast). To see all the finalists for 2017, visit

VCE VET Technical Production Exam Review Workshop

Changes to VCE VET Statistical Moderation

Below is an excerpt from the recent VCAA Bulltetin, which may be of interest for Victorian schools offering VET in VCE: From 2017 scored VCE VET programs will be statistically moderated by the assessing group as opposed to the RTO. This assessing group may be the home school, another school/training provider through a cluster or the RTO. Schools enrolling students will be required to select an additional item (assessing group) when enrolling VET students undertaking scored assessment. If schools have fewer than five enrolments in a VCE VET scored program, they may wish to form a partnership with another school that has small enrolments but is not their RTO or cluster provider. Further advice on the enrolment process on VASS will be made through future editions of the VCAA Bulletin, the VASS Bulletin Board and the VASS Forum.

South Australian Songmakers

South Australian SongMakers

The benefit of any VET course is real industry experience. Once again, the SongMakers mentoring program run by APRA AMCOS has made a real difference and given students access to a taste of that experience with students from South Australian schools, Open Access College, Christies Beach High School, Seaford Secondary College, Willunga High School, Wirreanda Secondary School & Yankalilla Area School recently involved in a two-day workshop with Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe) and Grant Windsor (Music Producer). Students began day one listening to industry stories and the mentors’ experiences, before getting involved in creative writing and group sessions to come up with lyrics and music to an original song. The second day continued with rehearsals and the recording process continuing to hone songwriting, arranging, rehearsing and production skills. One thing’s for sure, the days were equal parts inspiring, rewarding and exhausting for students. “Doing the SongMakers Program was an amazing experience,” said Bohdy-Jay Kemp (Wirreanda Secondary School). “Kav and Grant gave us a really good insight into how to write a song and, in turn, have made me a better, more confident songwriter!” SongMakers 2016 marks the third year of the national program. Go to to hear some of the workshop songs and for information about the high profile mentors.

MI Sound Wraps in Ballarat

MI Sound Wraps In Ballarat

As a new section of the Royal South Street Eisteddfod – the first in 17 years of a proud 125 years history – COSAMP was pleased to be a major sponsor of MI SOUND, which enabled students (particularly those presenting for their VCE VET Music exam) an opportunity to rehearse their set in an industry venue. 24 bands/soloists performed their 20 minute set in one of 4 sessions over 3 days in early September, with organisers particular wishing to thank to industry professionals, Brent Trotter, Edmondo Ammendola and Tim Hullsman for providing helpful critiques at the event, invaluable guiadance as the students enter the last phase of preparation for their exams. Winners for the event were Jayden Bullard (Bacchus Marsh Grammar), Phoebe Hogarth Trio (Bacchus Marsh Grammar), The Pebbles (Ballarat & Clarendon College), Lily O’Shea (Constance Coward Lemke), Cheler James (Laverton P-12 College), Sheridan Herbertson (Bayview College, Portland), FEET (Ballarat & Clarendon College), Anna Oliphant Wright (Ballarat Grammar School) & Hope Tautasi (Manor Lakes P-12 College). The Certificate III Tech Production students, graduates and trainers from the Ballarat Learning Exchange provided excellent support in managing the 2 stages and sound systems. With such a supportive environment appreciated by all, this section in South Street looks set to flourish in subsequent years. Pictured above (L to R) is Tim Hullsman, Laura Hudson (co-compere), Edmondo Amendola, Sheree Chevalier (event manager), David Santamaria (co-compere & production manager).

Southern River Rock

Southern River Rock

COSAMP is proud to report one of its member schools’ bands “Beyond Insomnia” competed in the Contemporary Music Ensemble Festival 2016, held at Ellenbrook Senior High School in Western Australia and achieved the high accolade of “outstanding” in every category! Jade Champion (Yr10), Jesse Bryntessan (Yr10), Dylan Bryan-McCaig (Yr9), Imogen Lau (Yr9), Ray Walton (Yr9) and Brock Soltwisch (Yr9) from Southern River College rehearse together both before school on Thursday under the direction of the school’s Guitar Teacher, Ian Campbell, and also on Wednesdays after school. Having booked in for the festival, all of the Southern River staff are proud of the student’s commitment and endeavour. “We were first on the program meaning that the students had to at Ellenbrook by 7:50am to warm up and sound check for an 8:30am start,” said Craig Wallace-Gibb, Music Teacher. “Ellenbrook is about an hour away from school, so they had to leave home by about 7am. This is probably the earliest you will ever hear of a rock band doing anything, except sleep really. Actually rock musicians usually go to bed at this time! (laughs)” COSAMP loves to hear about the achievements of its member schools and students. If you’re in the COSAMP network of schools and have an event coming up or wrap-up from a school initiative, tell us your story by emailing


New RTO No. for COSAMP!

COSAMP has become its own Registered Training Organisation (RTO)!  As of July 2016 COSAMP is now a Registered Training Organisation in its own right and will be directly auspicing VET in Schools Music Industry programs from the beginning of 2017. Across the rest of 2016, the team will be moving away from the ACAS (Australian Centre for Advanced Studies) Member College arrangement and will be directly managing RTO systems and processes including school auspice arrangements, student enrolments and Certificate issuance. This has been part of the COSAMP plan for many years, with the formal process starting in early 2015 as part of the planning for the forthcoming new CUA training package. It was one of the key outcomes in COSAMP’s review of how to best continue providing service to the growing network of schools nationally and for many of us was the logical next step in the process. Following the application to ASQA in February 2016, the official Certificate of Registration and listing on came through in mid July. The official RTO name is PKY Media Pty Ltd (as has been the incorporated company name since 2009). As listed on, PKY Media Pty Ltd trades as the “College of Sound and Music Production” with the trademarked name “COSAMP”. Everyone at COSAMP wishes to acknowledge the excellent support provided by the team at ACAS over the past 7 years. As a small not-for-profit organisation, ACAS do a fantastic job of managing their member colleges and thousands of students. Their collaboration and support has made the delivery of so many auspiced VET music qualifications in COSAMP member schools possible. For further information about the transition and what you might need to know, please give COSAMP a call on (03) 9592 4801 or email

CUA Creative Arts & Culture Information Evening

CUA Creative Arts & Culture: VET Music in Schools Info

COSAMP presents a very special information evening all about the new Training Package for VET in Schools Music Programs! The new CUA Creative Arts & Culture training package includes 5 new qualifications for the Music Industry, with increased flexibility to contextualise a VET in Schools music program for the new music industry. Hear from the experts at COSAMP about the new package, strategies and options for 2017 programs, and examples of VCE VET Music Industry programs. Come along and gain invaluable insight into… The new VET qualifications and units, including creating ‘Specialisations’ Popular options for Certificate II, III and IV level VET in Schools programs Technology in the new Music Industry qualifications Plus regulations for Auspiced VET in Schools Programs… has your RTO really got you covered? Beer/Wine/Dinner will be provided, with live entertainment on the night and special guest speakers from Melbourne Polytechnic and VCAA (Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority). More information can be found in our CUA Creative Arts & Culture Info Session PDF. Find out all you need to know about the new Training Package and what it means for your school. Register now to attend by filling out our webform here: For any further information, please give COSAMP a call on (03) 9592 4801.

The Run feat. Nick Hinks

Christian College Geelong Student, On The Run

Christian College Geelong student Nick Hinks, at 15yrs old, is in the enviable position of heading to Berlin with his band to represent Australia and compete for the Global Battle of the Bands title. His band, Geelong based indie rock outfit ‘The Run’, blitzed the other bands from across Australia to take out the national title and will be up against 20 bands at the World Final in Germany on the 26th of May. With bandmates, Will Conway (18yrs) and Connor Sheedy (18yrs), the group recently finished up an east coast tour for their debut EP, Beside Me, and are now ecstatic about the chance to represent their country. “It’s ridiculously scary, representing Australia,” says Sheedy. “For me it really hasn’t sunk in yet!” The band formed in late 2014 after the boys met each other on stage in a local theatre production, drawing inspiration from the likes of Mumford and Sons, Jungle Giants and the Foo Fighters. Initially, their involvement in the Battle of The Bands competition was via a last minute invitation to come and perform at The Elephant and the Wheelbarrow in March 2015. Having only been together for 4 months, they unexpectedly won the heat and went on to use their tour and subsequent gigging experience as an opportunity to hone their skills for the National Final in Sydney. Now, having won the final, they will fly to Berlin to perform alongside the other national winners. (Photo: Lucinda Goodwin Photography) Christian College Geelong Teacher & Head of Music Technology Daniel Zampatti is proud of his students’ success thus far. “It’s hugely exciting about the boys and what they’re achieving,” he says. “Nick’s in my Year 10 Music class and it’s great to see him doing so well at such a young age. We’ve had them play for our senior school and VET class and they’ve always been really well received by all the students.” Currently the boys are preparing for the competition finding time in their busy schedules of full time work and school. For them it’s only just beginning, this national win is huge for them and they’re looking forward to releasing their next EP and future tours. “We’ve got a tour planned for September and another one over the summer which will be really cool, especially once we’ve got our new material down,” says Hinks. The Run will perform a homecoming show at the Workers’ Club in Geelong on June 4. For more info on the band, visit and to view the music video for their single, Beside Me, head to

SongMakers at St Norbert College

COSAMP Schools Become SongMakers

SongMakers is a national mentoring program run by APRA AMCOS, with 50 Australian schools chosen to take part each year. Run with support from the Australian Government, SongMakers is all about contemporary music and is aimed at nurturing the next generation of hitmakers – right there in the classroom. Under the program, senior music students work closely with two high profile mentors – one artist and one producer – to create ‘market ready’ music, against the clock, from scratch.  The program is provided free to participating schools with mentors available including Katie Noonan (George), Ilan Kidron (The Potbelleez), Lior, Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc), Jon Hume (Evermore) and more! Recently, two of COSAMP’s member schools were among the select group chosen to participate. St Norbert College in Perth transformed their music department into a creative hothouse for sixteen budding songwriters and producers, working with Award-winning writer/performer Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe, Basement Birds) and producer, Anna Laverty (Nick Cave, Kate Miller-Heidke, Paul Dempsey, Eagle and the Worm). “The great thing about this program is that it takes the real world into the classroom,” says Dean Ormston, APRA AMCOS Head of Member Services Group. “For most of these students, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collaborate with and learn from some of the biggest names in music. And because it’s so hands-on, it really fast-tracks students’ understanding of today’s contemporary music world and the steps needed for success.” (Pic Top: St Norberts College | Pic Above: Murray Bridge High School) In addition to St Norbert, Murray Bridge High School in South Australia also welcomed the SongMakers program with sixteen year 11 and 12 students split into four groups to each write and produce an original song from scratch in two days. Music Team Leader Sean Hickey was thrilled to be accepted. “To be one of only 50 successful schools is great,” he said. “I think the kids have surprised themselves with what they could actually achieve.” ARIA award winner Georgi Kay was one of the mentors and while this was only her fourth school, she said these were the best facilities she had seen so far. “Murray Bridge has been really cool, the facilities are amazing, they even have pro tools which we use in the industry so it’s great that the kids have been getting to know the programs already. All of the students have been pretty positive and they have all been into it from an early point which is really promising.” she said. SongMakers 2016 marks the third year of the national program. Go to to hear some of the workshop songs and for information about the high profile mentors. COSAMP members can look out for the St Norbert songs on the TPN Student Featured Sounds player.