Youth in Music Sessions Info

Youth in Music


Mentorship Program

Ages 12 – 24

Session Info

Youth in Music
Free Online Sessions

You will need:

A computer, tablet or phone (Android or iPhone) with a browser (e.g Microsoft Edge, Chrome)
An Internet connection
The App “Zoom” installed on your computer tablet or phone (free download from
An email address

If you do not have access to any of the above and would like to participate, contact us at and we will attempt to support other arrangements.

Session 1
Introduction to the Music Business

Date: Tue 28 July at 7pm (duration: 1 hour)

Topics covered will include:

  • What you can expect from these sessions
  • What is a mentor,  meet a mentor
  • The Music Business then, now and what’s to come after COVID-19
  • The basics: What is important
  • How can you earn money from your music; APRA
  • Writing good songs and playing shows are the foundation of any music career

Session 2
Song Writing Part 1
Date: Tue 4 August at 7pm (Duration: 1 hour)

Topics covered will include:

  • How to start a song: themes, title, melody, rhythm, chords, instrumentation (guitar or piano)
  • Tell a story to engage your listener
  • Song structure; verse, chorus, middle – how to differentiate the parts to build tension and emotion

Session 3

Song Writing Part 2
Date: Tue 11 August at 7pm (Duration: 1 hour)

Topics covered will include:

  • The song, the voice, the music
  • Know your audience
  • Develop your own voice
  • Getting people to listen to your song
  • Using Social Media and distribution platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, ReverbNation, Soundcloud

Session 4

Recording your song
Date: Tue 18 August at 7pm (Duration: 1 hour)

Topics covered will include:

  • Why make a demo?
  • Roles in the recording process; understanding who does what
  • Recording at home; what you need, Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) explained: a good microphone is a song writer’s best friend
  • What makes a good demo
  • Tips on recording at home inexpensively
  • Why professional demos can be a waste of money

Session 5

Using Social Media to promote your music
Date: Tue 25 August at 7pm (Duration: 1 hour)

Topics to be included include:

  • Using Social Media: the good bits, the not-so-good bits
  • Distribution platforms: Spotify, iTunes, ReverbNation, SoundCloud, Bandcamp + others
  • Streaming: live streaming
  • Using YouTube

Session 6

Finding your voice
Date: Tue 1 September at 7pm (Duration: 1 hour)

Topics to be included include:

  • The song, the singer, the music
  • The importance of being yourself
  • The importance of the basics; know your stuff
  • Instrument, including voice, skills
  • Performance skills

Each of these Sessions will be hosted by a facilitator and feature guest experts on particular subjects.

Each session will be recorded and made available on the Youth in Music page

The final version of your song will be recorded on video for downloading through our website and Facebook Page

This project is supported by the Music Development Office (within the Department of Innovation and Skills) and the Government of South Australia.