CMAA Australian Academy of Country Music
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The CMAA Academy of Country Music is for Singers, Song-writers and instrumentalists.
In 2012 There will be two residential courses in Tamworth NSW:
A two week Senior course for students aged over 18 from Saturday, 23rd June, 2012, and will conclude with a Graduation Concert on Saturday, 7th July, 2012.
A one week Junior course for students aged under 18 (accompanied by a parent or guardian) from Friday, 29th June and will conclude with a Graduation Concert on Thursday, 5th July, 2012.
If you are interested in applying to be a student at the 2012 Academy Junior or Senior course please email:
CMAA Administration firstname.lastname@example.org
with your expression of interest. We will contact you when applications are open.
What is the CMAA Australian Academy of Country Music?
The Academy was created in 2009, after the merging of the long running, highly successful CMAA Australian College of Country Music and the Tamworth Camerata Junior Country Music school. The Academy runs two separate and concurrent courses:
- Senior course - A two week curriculum for students aged over 18
- Junior course - A one week curriculum for students aged under 18 accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Whether you're a Country Music singer, songwriter and/or instrumentalist, if you're committed to a career in Australian Country Music, you will benefit by taking part in the Academy.
The Academy is unique. No other program of this nature exists for the music industry in Australia, or globally.
Countless College, Camerata and Academy graduates are now successful performers, songwriters, and musicians in Country Music, and other genres. There are now more than 500 graduates from these courses. This is where it all starts!
The CMAA Australian Academy of Country Music focuses on nurturing the skills and increasing the professionalism of emerging Country Music performers, artists and instrumentalists.
- Delivers an intensive residential environment tailored to meet the needs of the individual
- Strongly encourages artistic creativity
- Provides skills specific to the Country Music genre in Australia and globally
- Educates, develops and stimulates artistic and creative development
- Broadens the horizons and skill levels of participants via close interaction with the industry's leading specialists
- Provides a centre for musical and learning excellence
- Is fun and inspiring
- Is ideal for industry networking
What does it involve?
The Academy delivers separate Senior and Junior courses based on the age of the student. The Senior Course concentrates on students aged over 18, while the Junior Course is open to application from students aged under 18 years accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Academy is held at the fully-equipped Calrossy residential School in Tamworth, NSW, Australia's Home of Country Music.
Successful applicants are required to travel to the venue in Tamworth at their own expense and participation will be subject to a course fee, which includes full board, accommodation and tuition.
Whilst the program concentrates on the Country Music genre and encourages the tuition of traditional instruments such as the acoustic and electric guitar, dobro, mandolin, lap steel, pedal steel, banjo, bass, drums etc. the Academy encourages students to expand into all musical areas that may cross over boundaries, and attract new and expanding audiences.
After successful application, students will be required to pay a deposit on acceptance, with the balance payable prior to course commencement.
What can you expect to learn?
The Academy delivers a extensive curriculum. Specialist tuition is delivered in songwriting, vocal technique and delivery, business management and marketing studies, performance techniques, instrumental technique, music theory and chart writing. Parents and/or guardians accompanying students to the Junior Course will participate in a special parents learning program, in support of their talented child.
The Academy offers a specialist instrumental program and curriculum. Students in this strand work closely with some of the finest musicians in the country.
Both courses culminate in Graduation Concerts highlighting the skills and talents of all students.
Who is teaching?
Team leaders are practicing professionals with years of experience in the music industry. Expert musicians, mentors, songwriters, producers, industry and business leaders are involved with master classes and workshops in specific-interest areas. Tutors for 2011 included Peter Winkler, Merelyn Carter, Lyn Bowtell, David Carter, Simon Johnson, Doug Gallacher, Ian Lees, Rod Motbey, Mark Moulynox, Amber Lawrence, Wendy Anggerani, Mike McClellan, Brendan Radford, Sean Rudd, Brad Bergen and Tamara Stewart.
Many other leading artists and industry leaders have contributed to master-classes and tutorials. These have included Lawrie Minson, Tim Daley, Bill Page, David Woodward, Adam Brand, Troy Cassar-Daley, Kasey Chambers, Nash Chambers, Andrew Clermont, Greg Champion, Jeff Chandler, Rod Coe, Beccy Cole, Daniel Conway, Roger Corbett, Hugh Curtis, Joan Douglas, Slim Dusty, Nick Erby, Jim Haynes, Ted Howard, Gina Jeffreys, Herm Kovac, Rod McCormack, Joy McKean, Shane Nicholson, Garth Porter, Rob Potts, Felicity Urquhart and John Williamson.
When is it?
The Senior Course will commence Saturday, 23rd June, 2012, and will conclude with a Graduation Concert on Saturday, 7th July, 2012.
The Junior Course will commence Friday, 29th June and will conclude with a Graduation Concert on Thursday, 5th July, 2012.
Troy Cassar-Daley Indigenous Scholarship
Indigenous NSW-based artists aged over 18 wishing to further their career in country Music are invited to apply for the Troy Cassar-Daley Scholarship by indicating on the application form that they would like to be considered for this Senior Course scholarship.
Fees include: Accommodation, all meals, tuition and master classes. For the Junior Course the fee also covers one parent/guardian.
Location: Calrossy School Campus, Brisbane Street, Tamworth NSW.
Senior Course 2012: Arrive Saturday, 23rd June between 3pm and 5pm, and depart Sunday morning , 8th July. Graduation Concert Saturday, 7th July.
Course Fee: TBA
Junior Course 2012: Arrive Friday, 29th June at noon, and depart Friday morning 6th July. Graduation Concert Thursday, 5th July.
Fee: TBA (Will Include student and parent or guardian)
If you have any queries about the Application Process please contact:
CMAA - 02 6766 1577 email: email@example.com