COSAMP News & Blog

Apollo Bay P-12 CertIII Music Students Take Out ‘Song Of Hope’ Comp

In June the Apollo Bay Rural Australians For Refugees held a 3 day event to highlight the plight of refugees in Australia. The “Festival of Hope” called for compositions from the Geelong region. Seamus Fillmore & Annameike Craddock, studying the Certificate III in Music at Apollo Bay P-12 College, entered the competition with their song We Can Work it Out. Annameike and Seamus worked on their composition using the themes of freedom and hope set out in the brief. Listen to the recording of the composition here.


COSAMP & Avid, Working Together For Music Teachers

COSAMP has teamed up with Avid (the company responsible for Pro Tools, Sibelius and Media Composer) to deliver an ongoing series of webinars to music teachers. Avid product specialists are on hand during the webinars to field live questions from the online audience, and Avid are offering specials to registered attendees for upgrades on their software products. The first of the webinars. “Sibelius 7.5 Tips and Tricks” was broadcast recently for over 100 registrants from all over Australia, and there was a fantastic response from all who attended. Upcoming webinars include: “Pro Tools Basics For Teachers” on Wed August 27th “Pro Tools 11 – New Features, Tips & Tricks” on Wed September 3rd “Sibelius 7.5 – Tips & Tricks” (for NZ Schools) on Tuesday 9th September & more! The Avid webinar replays will be made available to TPN Member school teachers after the broadcast dates through our webinar archive in the TPN VET and TPN Australia teachers websites. Check out the COSAMP Events Calendar for all the upcoming live webinar dates and registration links.

Dami Im & Lakeland Senior High School

Dami Im Faces The Student Press Gallery

X-Factor winner Dami Im faced the ‘student press gallery’, literally, when she fielded questions from Year 8 Lakeland Senior High School students on ABC radio recently. Sam Cain, Shaelin de Beer and Rebekah Crook asked questions about a variety of different topics from performance management, her X-Factor memories and advice for students and young musicians alike. It was a chance for the three, all gifted young singers and Music Technology students, to get a face to face account of the industry and hear a special acoustic performance of Dami’s new song Super Love. Dami Im is the most recent in a host of high profile musicians Lakeland Senior High School has worked with, following the likes of Kav (Eskimo Joe) and John Butler coming in for workshops and performances. To check out more of what’s been happening at Lakeland, visit Head of Music Ray Foo’s Youtube channel at

Visit Project RnB

Visit The Home Of ProjectRnB

Due to the success and interest generated by COSAMP’s webinar series, Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning is delighted to announce the launch of their first specialised Immersion Day focusing on the Rhythm and Blues project (Project RnB) at Northern Beaches Christian School. Come along to see the space, the pedagogy and the people at the heart of our High School music program on Friday 22 August. For more info, visit

Emmanuel College Students

Triple J Unearthed Success For TPN VET Students

We love hearing success stories from young and upcoming musicians, especially our TPN students. Now two VET Music Year 12 groups from Emmanuel College in Warrnambool have been having quite a bit of success on Triple J Unearthed, with one receiving national airplay and local media coverage. ‘The Mellows’ rose to no.1 on the Unearthed ‘High’ Charts, reaching no.5 in the open charts, only to be slightly outshadowed by classmates ‘Say Please’ (pictured). The band comprises of Angela Kenna, Eli Slater, bassist Max Bysouth, guitarist Lachlan Massey-Slee and keyboardist Tim McLeod, and it’s their track Waves that has received chart acclaim online and radio airplay on Triple J’s breakfast program. Recorded as part of the Kool Skools project, the track appears on the compilation Backyards (launched recently at Warrnambool’s Lighthouse Theatre) and has risen as high as no.3 in the Unearthed ‘High’ charts/competition. If you’re a TPN school or student and have a success story to tell, contact Simon our marketing/membership coordinator at

Vic Training Awards 2014

COSAMP A 2014 Victorian Training Awards Finalist

In 2014, COSAMP’s support for music teachers in VET programs in Victoria has been recognised by being named again as a finalist at the Victorian Training Awards. For the second year running we are a finalist in the VET Client Service/Support Excellence category, and this is the third consecutive year overall that we have been named as a finalist in these prestigious awards. The Victorian Training Awards, now in their 60th year, promote and reward outstanding achievement and innovation in vocational education and training. They also acknowledge the strong partnerships between training providers and Victorian businesses which are vital to providing a strong skills base for Victoria. The Awards ceremony will be held on September 26th in the Palladium at Crown. We would also like to congratulate one of the TPN Member Schools, Sandringham College for being named as a finalist in the VET in Schools Excellence Award, and wish them all the best for the awards night.

Online Cert IV Sound Production

COSAMP Launches the Online Cert IV in Sound Production

This week we launched our online Cert IV in Sound Production. The first online live tutorial was held on Monday night and provided an orientation to the new group of students. The tutorial style includes all attendees visible on the screen, and while the group is still small, with their microphones on for live chat and interaction. The tutorials will be live every monday night as the group works through online content and convenes once a week for the open mic sessions. A great lecture for the Cert IV was filmed this week with Steve Iorio dropping to talk about music management and copyright and our very own Peter Frawley talked about coordinating large live sound productions. This lecture will be available on the new CERT IV Sound Production website from Monday 28th July. Enrolments for the course can start at any time, so if you are interested for your self or even as a post secondary option to suggest to your students, please conatct us for more information, and a tour of the course website.

The Full Deal Campaign

The Full Deal Campaign

COSAMP proudly supports the Full Deal Campaign initiative that has been launched by The Music Trust with one main objective: Every Australian child should have the opportunity for a quality music education throughout the school years. A key element of the campaign is a national petition to go to Ministers for Education and to be seen also by school principals, especially primary school principals. For more information, visit THE FULL DEAL website and THE MUSIC TRUST website. Click here to sign the petition.


Featured Program – CAAMA Music (Alice Springs)

CAAMA Music in a Alice Springs have been using the TPN resources since 2011, offering training and employment options for people of all ages in Alice Springs and surrounding communities in their recording studio and for live music productions and events. As an ongoing contribution to our relationship with CAAMA, COSAMP has visited Alice Springs in each of the last three years, working closely with Miko Smith and Mark McCormack to refine the use of the TPN resources for their trainers and for their in house studio traineeship program. CAAMA’s Remote Music Development program trains Music Industry Rangers to manage and operate music equipment in remote communities as well as providing training and mentoring to others. In conjunction with CAAMA, Charles Darwin University also delivers a Certificate II in Music to the Music Industry Rangers and the broader community. CDU is a TPN VET Member School, and under the guidance of Cain Gilmour is delivering a popular course with genuine work opportunities for local students. To read more about happening at CAAMA, visit

TPNA Program Matrix

TPN Australia Program Matrix Available Online Now

The new and improved TPN Australia Program Matrix has been released on the Members Home page. Follow the link directly from the Members Home page (see pic) and then use the hyperlinks on the Program Matrix to plan and navigate around the TPN resources. If you have any issues using the new TPN Australia Program Matrix, contact us and one of the COSAMP team will get back to you shortly.