Sound Sessions

Sydney-based music education initiative consisting of live performance and interactive analysis workshops led by young professional musicians active in the music scene around Australia.

We concentrate on current popular music. Sound Sessions workshops are designed to inspire and motivate secondary school music students and to support and supplement the work of their school music teachers. Sound Sessions achieves this by offering distinctive and appropriately graded packages for each Syllabus Stage (based on the NSW BOS Music Syllabus and its interstate equivalents). For each Stage, Sound Sessions has developed achievable musical participation activities to encourage students in their musical understanding. The focus of each package is a live performance of selected current repertoire, following which each of the performers offers musical insights from the perspective of their instrument (vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboard). The performers interact closely with students, responding to their curiosity. Sound Sessions has developed learning resource material that encourages student participation and provides teachers with suggested follow up activities. Repertoire is frequently updated to include newly released popular songs by bands and performers including Australian artists such as Silverchair and Eskimo Joe, and other popular artists including John Mayer, Kings of Leon, Birds of Tokyo and Muse.

Operating as usual

McCarthy Catholic College, Emu Plains

Had a great day performing for the stage 5 students at McCarthy Catholic College. Here’s a glimpse of our workshop today.

This afternoon our Year 9 and 10 Music class had a visit from “Sound Sessions”. They are a fantastic 5-piece group who performed popular songs for our students and then helped them to break down and analyse each live performance by discussing the concepts of music. Our students loved it and were thrilled to experience live music in such a personal setting. They learnt so much and can no doubt analyse and appreciate music even more so than before! - Ms Mahboub.
#schoolofchoice #contemporarylearningforlife #studentwellbeingmatters #McCarthyMax #PTECHlearning #GrowthMindset #LearningCoaches #mccarthyonthemove #movingforwardasone #lifelonglearners

Had a great day today delivering a stage 4 workshop to years 7 & 8 at Birrong Girls High School. Thanks to the staff at BGHS for having us. We had a blast!
#soundsessionsau #birronggirlshighschool #musiceducation #liveband #livemusic #sydney #promusos #popmusic

We were honoured to perform for the students and staff at Parramatta Marist High School. We delivered packages for all 3 stages across the whole day. We’re constantly amazed by the caliber of young musician we find in every school we go to. Big thanks to @penny_pettigrew for joining us yesterday along with @shannonstitt @jamesbernauer and @andres_hyde
#soundsessionsau #musiceducation #sydney #parramarist #liveband #highschool #bos #finesse #brunomars #contemporarymusic

Had a great day yesterday walking around #EduTECH. Such an eye opening and inspiring expo. #lotstothinkabout Can’t wait to get started on some new ideas.

Had a great time today performing our first show of the year for yr 8 at @rouse_hill_anglican_college. We had a blast!!! Great way to kick off 2018.
Thanks also to @paulderricottmusic @shannonstitt and Josie from @dukemusicau for making it all come true. #soundsessionsau #rousehillanglicancollege #musiceducation #liveband

Derelict school becomes national leader by making a surprising subject compulsory

Just another example of the power that music has in education.

#inspiring #soundsessionsau #musiced #musiceducation “We were in special measures. We had low staff morale, parents not happy with the school, results were poor and nobody wanted to come here, we had budget issues. It’s a downward spiral when you’re there.” This is what Feversham headteacher, Naveed Idrees, told The Guardian. He continued: “...

The time is now!!!!!

HSC Performance assessments at Nagle College, Blacktown South today. Stay tuned!!! #soundsessions #hscmusicperformances #naglecollege #mariahcarey #visionoflove

Our Director, Tim Wilson with our professional musicians Andres and Shannon, at Nagle College, Blacktown South, supporting their students' HSC Music Rehearsals.

#soundsessions #professionaldevelopment #HSCmusic #educationnsw #catholiceducation #australianeducation #music #musiceducation #musicteacherlife #teachnsw

Sound Checking for HSC trials at Nagle Catholic College. There's some amazing talent up in here. Paul Derricott David Andrew

Exciting things happening today!!! Kicking off a new talent development program in conjunction with The Vault Studios. Recording with Jenelle and Kitty from Nagle College Blacktown. Stay tuned for a couple of killer tracks #studiovault #soundsessions #musiceducation #recording

Sound Sessions's cover photo

Sound Sessions @ Nepean Creative & Performing Arts High

A few shots from our day of workshops at NCPAH - 16/06/16

A few shots from our day of workshops at NCPAH - 16/06/16

Paul giving a great example of how manipulating texture on a drum kit can affect a piece of music.

So, on Tuesday we performed both a stage 6 and stage 5 package @ Bethany College in Hurstville. Some very talented students coming through that school. Thanks so much Bethany for having us. Hopefully we'll see you next year.

Paul doin his thing

Sound Sessions's cover photo

SS repertoire 2015

This was some footage taken @ the first show of 2015 at Cranbrook School for Boys. We're all really vibing on this years repertoire.

Last workshop of the year today @ Queenwood School for Girls. And last SS show for our beloved Frances. Thank you for everything you've done for us Frances. You will definitely be missed. Pretty nice way to cap it off though we reckon.

Brand New promotional video. Please share with anyone you think might dig it!

Keys workshop in action

Pumped Up Kicks - Keyboard 4 (Bass)

Pumped Up Kicks - Keyboard 4

Patrician Brothers Cluster 30/07/13 - Keyboard Ensemble

Pumped Up Kicks - Keyboard 3 (Chords)

Pumped Up Kicks - Keyboard 3 (Chords)

Patrician Brothers Cluster 30/07/13 - Keyboard ensemble

Sound Sessions Banner Time lapse

A little time lapse video showing part of the design and creation of the new Sound Sessions banner. Photos of the banner coming very soon. We're all very excited and yes I know it's just a banner. Big thanks has to go to Thom von Schomburg for the continued excellence.

Sound Sessions @ St Dominics College

Sound Sessions @ St Dominics College

Sound Sessions's cover photo

Lego House - SS rehearsal

Lego House Rehearsal Process Here's some video of the Sound Sessions rehearsal for Ed Sheeran's 'Lego House'. We recorded this video to show so the rehearsal process, keeping in mind that a lot of work went into learning the songs by each individual before this rehearsal.

Big thanks to Thom for the new logos.

Sound Sessions Early Days

Coming in live from 2007. The Very Early Days of Sound Sessions

Mozart, Symphony 40, G minor, first movement

A great example of texture in music! "Download?" and other FAQ for the first movement of Mozart's 40th symphony, accompanied by a scrolling bar-graph score. Q: Can I download this video to play ...

'Next To Me' - Emeli Sande

The Sound Sessions team for 2012 rehearsing Emeli Sande's 'Next To Me'

[05/03/12]   Looking forward to returning to Kambala, Rose Bay tomorrow. Whole new repertoire for this year. Should be good..... Stay tuned for some new pics and vids.

'Brother' - Matt Corby

The Sound Sessions team for 2012 rehearsing Matt Corby's 'Brother' (May 2012)

[06/18/11]   Will be @ Freeman Catholic High School on Monday 20/6/11. stay tuned for some new pics and vids

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Videos (show all)

SS repertoire 2015
Pumped Up Kicks - Keyboard 4 (Bass)
Pumped Up Kicks - Keyboard 3 (Chords)
Sound Sessions Banner Time lapse
Sound Sessions Early Days
'Next To Me' - Emeli Sande
'Brother' - Matt Corby





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