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Melbourne Polytechnic (Fairfield Campus Studio)

COSAMP’s VET Pathways To Melbourne Polytechnic

With many improvements planned for the 2015 calendar year across COSAMP’s resource sites and programs, one of the most exciting is the partnership with Melbourne Polytechnic to provide TPN VET students with guaranteed pathways into some of the industry’s leading post-secondary qualifications. The Performing Arts Department at Melbourne Polytechnic is a leading provider of tertiary education Music Industry areas including Sound Production, Music Performance and Music Business, offered at their Fairfield and Prahran campuses. These courses range from Certificate IV up to Advanced Diploma, with options for pathways to Higher Education up to degree level. “Melbourne Polytechnic is very excited about establishing a partnership with COSAMP, particularly as COSAMP is so committed to improving and maintaining quality achievement of students for the relevant benchmarks the qualifications being delivered under its auspiced school programs,” says Andrew Gannon, Head of Performing Arts from Melbourne Polytechnic. With courses producing many graduates who have built successful careers in the industry, the addition of guaranteed pathways from Melbourne Polytechnic will enable TPN students to expand their knowledge base and experience in a range of specialised areas with the following courses: SOUND PRODUCTION, MUSIC TECHNOLOGY Cert IV in Sound Production (Studio Engineering + Live Sound) Diploma of Sound Production (Music Technology) Advanced Diploma of Sound Production (Studio Engineering + Live Sound) Bachelor of Music Industry MUSIC PERFORMANCE Cert IV in Music Diploma of Music Advanced Diploma of Music Bachelor of Music MUSIC INDUSTRY Diploma of Music Business Bachelor of Music Industry If students and/or schools are interested in pursuing these pathways there are two steps that need to be followed: Apply through VTAC through the normal processes* *Note that all programs above are listed in the VTAC guide for Melbourne Polytechnic. To establish your COSAMP credentials, call or email Andrew Gannon on (03) 9269 8932 or andrewg-pa@nmit.edu.au Keep an eye out for further updates on our new School services and TPN programs for 2015, and to view our updated Information PDFs, click the ‘Info PDF’ buttons throughout the COSAMP.com.au site.

New COSAMP Info PDFs

COSAMP 2015 Upgrades Begin!

With Term 4 underway for most states, the countdown to 2015 has begun in earnest. Behind the scenes at COSAMP, preparations are well underway for the new year, with a host of exciting new features and website upgrades on the cards across all sites. With our TPN Weekly newsletter and email campaigns already receiving a revamp, early this month saw the redesign of the many Information PDFs available throughout the COSAMP.com.au website, alongside promotional DLs and other material for this year’s MTEC conference. Many COSAMP services have been streamlined and the new suite of promotional material is designed to help schools and music teachers better understand the services available to TPN Member schools. Beyond the updated visuals, we did tease some particular additions to some of our sites, including: The incorporation of Virtual Classroom into the Student Site, alongside the launch of the Bookshop and Study Pathways. Exciting additions to the TPN Australia program including an exclusive arrangement with Rockschool Australia and support for instrumental programs. All new COSAMP webinars presented by some of the industry’s finest educators and music technology companies. and more! Keep an eye out for further updates on our new School services and TPN programs for 2015, and to view our updated Information PDFs, click the ‘Info PDF’ buttons throughout the COSAMP.com.au site.

Luke Serrano

TPN VET Teacher Launches New Compositions

Luke Serrano, one of our TPN VET Music teachers from Parade College in Victoria, has announced a very special show to launch his latest suite of compositions. The CD, named AEOLUS, features the lush sounds of a 14 piece chamber orchestra and is full of melody, exciting rhythms, interesting harmonies and a wide range of moods, colours and textures, all imbued by an evocative Mediterranean spirit. The launch show will take place on Sunday November 9 from 3pm at Methodist Ladies’ College, Kew. For further information or to listen to some of Luke’s music, visit www.lukeserrano.com/performances. To book tickets online directly, head to the official Try Booking show website.

TPN Services Account

TPN Services Account (2015)

COSAMP is proud to announce the launch in 2015 of our new School Services Account system. This new system will extend the functionality of the current PD Points system that we have operated since mid 2013. All COSAMP Members Schools with a licence for either our TPN VET program or our TPN Australia program will automatically have a Schools Services Account established upon the renewal of their registration for 2015. Services Points are then purchased by the school to ‘top-up’ their account so that teachers can use the points to engage in COSAMP services throughout the year. The Points system is designed to minimise the administrative processes involved in registering and paying for extra school services such as Professional Development or technical assistance. COSAMP will record all of the activity in a school’s account and provide regular statements or upon request. Topping up with extra points is easy and a school’s points are available in perpetuity until used, regardless of changes to music teaching staff. COSAMP Services Points may also be used in the future to register for music technology conferences presented by our affiliate organisations such as mtec and DAYTiME. Points can be used for any of the following COSAMP services for schools and teachers: TPN PD (Professional Development solutions including Remote Access, COSAMP Workshops, Tailored Onsite PD sessions and receiving PD Certificates) Virtual Classroom (Access to a range of live and recorded lessons presented by COSAMP trainers for your students) Tailored Programs (Design and consultation service for streamlining your use of the TPN materials in your music programs) Technical Support (Get prompt online assistance with your music technology) Please note: all schools that currently have a TPN PD account with remaining active points will have all of their points transferred to their new School Services Account and will be provided a statement of their Points Balance at the end of Term 4 this year. Look out for information on the COSAMP website in 2015 about the School Services Account including how to get points in your account and how to start booking services. If you have any questions about this new system that you would like to discuss with us, please contact us at COSAMP on (03) 9592 4801 or enquiries@cosamp.com.au.

Salt Studios School Excursions

Australian Music Stars Head To Salt Studios

Recent months have seen great change and some exciting initiatives come to fruition across many of COSAMP’s programs, including the commencement of the Online Cert IV in Sound Production, first Virtual Classroom, international Webinars (in conjunction with Avid & Computer Music in New Zealand) and much more. Amidst all this, COSAMP’s own commercial recording studio, Salt Studios, has been heavily booked with both corporate and independent artists.  Over the last 4-6 weeks Salt Studios has welcomed the likes of Melbourne rapper and chart topper, Allday, who was in doing some songwriting and vocals in the lead up to his Startup Cult tour. Internationally renowned DJ and king of the globally loved “Melbourne sound”, Will Sparks, did some sessions in Studio A as well, with Studio B welcoming indie singer-songwriter Owl Eyes (aka. Werribee-born Brooke Addamo). In-house studio engineer Alex Quayle headed out to Missy Higgins‘ place to record some live bonus tracks for her latest album. We even had the guys from Disney Productions (UK) in, with renowned US actor Stewart Milligan doing some recording for the hugely popular video game, Chugginton. With the calibre of artists coming through our doors, all keen to utilise the flexible recording and mixing space to create their music, we’ve received more and more requests from schools to bring their music students in, to check things out first hand. Our Studio Excursions give students a great opportunity to experience a real recording studio environment, and participate in a range of activities including recording, mixing and music production using industry standard software and equipment. If you’d like to find out more about the Studio Excursions program, visit the information page on the COSAMP website and to find out more about Salt Studios visit www.saltstudios.com.au

COSAMP at MTEC

COSAMP Delivering Two Presentations at MTEC

mtec 2014 is happening on October 3rd and 4th at Caulfield Grammar in Wheelers Hill. This years Music Technology in Education Conference promises to be a fantastic weekend of workshops and presentations, providing teachers with an array of professional development options across the two days. Delegates will be able to choose from a large list of presenters and also talk with suppliers in the trades exhibition area about solutions for music technology at their school. COSAMP will be sharing a stand with Music EDnet and will also be presenting two workshops: 1. Demystifying audio principles for your music students 2. Music Technology in VET in Schools programs Look out for our presentation times in the conference program and drop in to see us at our stand in the trades exhibition area! Remember, TPN member schools can get a discount on purchasing tickets for mtec by using the unique COSAMP code. Head to the Events Calendar to find out more!

COSAMP on Facebook & Twitter

Be A COSAMP Friend & Follower

If you’re one of our TPN member schools, you may have seen a link on the bottom of your emails over the last year or so labelled ‘Follow Us On Twitter’. Well, whether you’ve clicked that link or not, we’re proud to announce that as of just days ago we’ve relaunched the COSAMP Twitter page at our brand new address (twitter.com/COSAMP) for those tweeting and keeping in touch with people via the Twitterverse! If you or your school has a Twitter profile, make sure to get on and follow us! Not only that, but we’ve also just established a brand new COSAMP Facebook page (facebook.com/cosamp). Now you can keep in touch via whichever social media you prefer, giving our member schools as well as the general public and students access to our latest news, upcoming event info, special offers and more! You can find COSAMP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cosamp and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cosamp (@cosamp). And, whether you’re a friend or a follower, don’t be shy… spread the word!

COSAMP & Avid

COSAMP Webinars Head To NZ!

The webinar series being jointly delivered by COSAMP and AVID moves across the Tasman next week, as we present “Sibelius 7.5; Tips and Tricks” exclusively to music teachers in New Zealand schools. There are a number of schools in New Zealand already using the TPN resources to support music technology in their music programs and we have had a fantastic response to these upcoming webinars and seen registrations from all over New Zealand. David Dowling from AVID will be presenting the Sibelius webinar on Tuesday September 9th and there will be two live broadcasts; 4:30pm and 7:30pm (NZST). Thanks to Computer Music in Auckland for their help in promoting and presenting this webinar. Check out the COSAMP Events Calendar for all the upcoming live webinar dates and registration links.

Virtual Classroom Logo

Virtual Classroom A Huge Success!

On Wednesday this week, we delivered the first installment of our newest online service for TPN member schools – Virtual Classroom. The 40 minute lesson about Using FX in a mix was broadcast live from our studio facilities in Brighton and enjoyed by several schools across three states! Teachers and their students logged in to the live online event and entered the virtual classroom to the strains of Come Together by the Beatles. The presentation then looked at theories and techniques about using reverb and delay in mixing and presented live audio examples. Craig Bentley from Trinity Grammar in Melbourne said, “Our students really enjoyed it. It was well targeted and informative. The content confirmed the concepts they have been investigating in our classes and the length was perfect!” Due to the success of the event from both a technical perspective and the reaction from the schools who attended, we are pleased to say that this will become an ongoing feature of COSAMP’s services that are offered to TPN member schools. Look out for new dates and topics for future Virtual Classroom lessons to be announced soon. For now, you can watch a sneak preview video of the first session below!

MTEC Booking Discount Through COSAMP

Use Your COSAMP Code For An MTEC Booking Discount

mtec2014 is the fourth biennial technology conference specifically designed for music educators. This unique Australian conference provides an opportunity for music educators to come together, to share ideas and learn about the latest developments in technology. At mtec2014, you’ll experience: Renowned local and international keynote speakers Practical and engaging hands-on sessions using computers and iPads Ideas for curriculum integration Opportunities to share ideas with other educators Industry representatives showing the newest technologies mtec2014 will take place October 3-4, 2014, at Caulfield Grammar School, Wheelers Hill, Victoria.  COSAMP, in conjunction with Soundhouse Music Alliance, are offering a special discount on booking for a limited time only. Book now through the website (click here) and use the registration code COSAMP60, and you’ll get $60 off the booking fee!