Music making workshop with The Ironing Maidens – Gayndah
This workshop session will give you an introduction to the world of song writing and electronic music production using Ableton Live.
It is a beginner’s level workshop in electronic music production, so we’ll guide you through to a general knowledge of the Ableton Live software. Whether you’re interested in learning to use Ableton for song writing, live performance or making beats, we’ll show you the basics of writing and arrangement. We do our best to accommodate everyone’s ability and skill level and with this small group workshop you’ll get plenty of support, one on one time with the facilitators and time for experimenting. We’ll provide instructional notes for you to take home and you’ll meet people with similar interests- you might even start your own band!
This workshop runs for 2 hours, from 5pm to 7pm, and is open to anyone aged 12 years and up.
Equipment: Participants are invited to bring a laptop and headphones, and to download the free 90 day trial version of Ableton software prior to the workshop. However, if participants do not have a laptop or headphones, no problems, participation is still possible.
About the facilitators
Melania and Patty have 15 years’ experience co-facilitating workshops. They have worked with a variety of participants of all ages, skill levels and cultural backgrounds. Both facilitators have Working with Children checks, blue cards and a respectable reputation within the industry. Collectively they work on the electronic music project – The Ironing Maidens which was a finalist in the Grant Mclennan award and won the John Chattaway Innovation Award at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2019 and 2020.
Patty Preece graduated as Valedictorian from SAE Byron Bay after completing her Bachelor of Audio Production degree, went on to teach the Diploma of Sound Production course and now lecturers at CQU in music production and is an Ableton Live certified trainer. Her music career kicked off as a drummer and she has since been involved in many music projects both as a performer, engineer, and producer, including working with Hussy Hicks and The Pad Boys.
Melania Jack has 20 years education and industry experience in music and performance and a masters in creative industries. She has independently released two EPs, Gravity and In the Bird’s Belly, and has toured nationally and internationally with this project as well as electronic acts Shiny Shiny and We Play Machines. She has a personal passion for music, songwriting, live performance, music film clips and social change.
This workshop has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Arts Queensland, North Burnett Regional Council and CQUniversity.