Thursday 1 August or Friday 2 August, 2019


MLC School’s Australian Music Day (AMD) returns with another exciting program of performances and workshops geared towards Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 students who take elective Music, including HSC Music 1, Music 2 and IB Music.

MLC School welcomes students from all schools wishing to enhance their creative potential.

Students choose one of two programs which guide a journey through the creative process and give them the opportunity to not only compose music for various ensembles but also hear their work performed live. AMD is Australia’s premier schools’ composition day which features the very best of a wide range of Australian contemporary music.

Students will hear works performed live by professional musicians and learn about the creative process of composing and songwriting in a workshop setting. Students have the opportunity to write their own music on the day which will be performed live. Expert feedback is then given by the musicians and presenters. 

An education kit focusing on these works will be available for purchase in advance or on the day. These resources provide in-depth analyses of the chosen music and bring out students’ creative potential through various performance, analysis and composition exercises.


Toehider (AKA Mike Mills)
Ben Carey

Melbourne-based progressive rock band Toehider is defined by its simultaneously playful, Queen-inspired elements and full-blown instrumental virtuosity. This is music that can turn on a dime, heading in exciting and novel directions at a moment’s notice. Headed up by prolific multi-instrumentalist Mike Mills, Toehider creates songs that are full of character and creativity and are sure to captivate students as they create their own music on the day. 

Ben Carey is one of Australia’s foremost electronic musicians. He has developed various interactive music-making software tools and has worked across genres including glitchy synth, beat-based electronica and sound design. Students will learn about the process of crafting highly individual sounds in their electronic and recorded tracks through techniques 
such as sampling.

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Acacia Quartet and Matt Withers

Acacia Quartet and Matt Withers will perform Robert Davidson’s Landscape for string quartet and guitar. The work draws upon the composer’s fascination with certain geographical features and a sense of place which filters through into the music. Students will learn about various string quartet textures, receive tips on how to compose for guitar and be challenged to think about our natural and urban environments as inspiration for composition.

Ephemera, led by Keyna Wilkins, is an ensemble of flute/piano, trumpet, viola and double bass whose music bridges the worlds of jazz and contemporary classical music. Inspired by planetary bodies and stars, their music is atmospheric, evocative and explores the space between improvised and highly organised approaches to structure. Students will learn about the handling of tone colour and texture through composing for this distinctive instrumentation as well as experimenting with approaches to improvisation.

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Date:  Thursday 1 August or Friday 2 August 2019 
Time: 9.30am-2.30pm with registration from 9am

MLC School Music Centre
Grantham Street
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 Cost: $40 per student
$15 per education resource (teachers free-of-charge)


For more information, please contact Alison Duncan, Music Centre Manager,