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Our Program

The program, based in Melbourne, runs on a semesterly basis with weekly rehearsals, and culminates in a gig at a local music venue. We provide our participants with professional female musicians as mentors, who lead rehearsals and guide participants through learning and arranging covers, workshopping original songs and developing live performance skills.

Weekly rehearsals with our mentors run every Sunday (rehearsal times vary each Semester) in East Brunswick. The rehearsals align with school terms; there are no rehearsals on the mid semester holidays.

Each Semester also includes a guest artist workshop. In the past, these workshops have been held by amazing musicians Kimbra, Ella Thompson (GL, Dorsal Fins), Jude Perl, Shannon Barnett, Tamara Murphy, and Xani Kolac (The Twoks).

Program Objectives

Through our program, YoWo Music aims to:

  • Provide relatable role models to young women and GNC youth interested in music

  • Give young women/GNC youth an opportunity to play in a supportive ensemble setting

  • Nurture and encourage friendships with like-minded young musicians

  • Develop performance skills and confidence

  • Contribute towards positive change for women and GNC people in music

Is YoWo for me?

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO APPLY FOR YOWO IF YOU ARE:

  • A girl/GNC teen in high school

  • Currently receiving instrumental lessons (or have previous musical experience)

  • Want to play in a band

AT YOWO YOU WILL:

  • Learn a range of contemporary styles, including pop, rock, soul, and funk.

  • Improve your instrumental skills

  • Have the opportunity to write your own songs and play them with a band

  • Play a gig

  • Meet other young musicians around your age from different schools

  • Be mentored by professional female musician every week!

ABOUT THE AUDITION/INTERVIEW:

Applicants must prepare and perform:

  • 2 pieces of their own choice, preferably by memory. These can be of any style; just play something you like!

We will run through some basic musical skills including:

  • repeating clapped or sung phrases

  • reading chords (for chordal instruments) and melodies

  • knowledge of basic chords/scales

There will also be a short interview in which we ask you about your musical history, and why you want to join YoWo!

 
 
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