In a recent ACMI school workshop, “Muso Madness”, Screen Education prepared to ROCK OUT in the face of unsupported rumours that teachers aren’t cool!
Who knew that a group of Year 6 Glee lovers, Taylor Swift fanatics and Bruno Mars devotees would go ‘Gaga’ to reveal their own inner muso. Talents were exposed, celebrities emerged, and legends were made (and that was just the staff).
The first day of “Muso Madness” started out as an introduction to the music video, from The Beatles to Justin Bieber (which quickly developed into a frenzy of Bieber fever), and culminated in a buzz of inspired and purposeful musical composition in ACMI’s Digital Studio.
After much brainstorming, lyric writing, tune forming, track composing, audio layering and some sound booth claustrophobia, bands were formed and hits were born. Popular titles of the day included Stuck in Reality, Peace in the World, Set Me Free and the more controversial Chocolate-covered Sushi (and other foods that should never be mixed), all of which were completely original and made by 11-year-olds.
Day 2 of the Madness saw Studio 1 transformed into a cultural hub of emergent musical artistry as the newly-fashioned bands arrived on set to record videos for their latest releases. Pop divas sang their lyrics down the lens (with a little help from the autocue) while air guitarists rocked out, dancers employed the infamous ‘jazz hands’, and producers ensured the videos’ commercial success via star-studded cameos and carefully planned product placement.
The musos were thrilled and the staff were exhausted, but with feedback such as ‘It was awesome!’, ‘I loved this program, I wish I could do it again!’ and ‘You rock’, I think that means rumour busted.
– Holly Loughran, Education Deliverer and potential Rock Star