Just for the Record

The path to a hit. A Newington Elective.

Course Description

This course will be taught by staff from the Music department with support from internal and external specialists.

We have all walked around with a song or some music that we can’t get out of our heads, looked at posters advertising new releases on walls outside train stations, and watched new release music videos from the couch on Saturday mornings. This transdisciplinary course puts all of this together.

Just for the Record takes its participants on a journey from understanding what makes a hit to producing, packaging and performing one. It will involve boys in understanding not only the mechanics of the music, but the mechanics of the industry which produces them.

The course will look at the history and technology that delivers our music, from vinyl through to streaming and everything in between. It will look at the creative process of creating and recording songs, the logistics of producing them, and the business of distributing them. It will look at the ethics of piracy and copyright, and culminate in managing an event where the products of the year’s work are released.

This course does not assume musical knowledge or an ability to play an instrument. It is for anyone who is interested in understanding and being part of the things that stream through our earphones.

Areas of study

  • The nature of popular music and the music industry
  • Composition and production of popular music
  • Marketing and branding
  • Project and event management

Modes of Assessment

  • Production
  • Media reviews
  • Peer reviews
  • Presentations and workshops
  • Event management

Links to the Broader Curriculum

  • Creative Arts
  • Humanities