Songwriting, Sound & Music Industry workshop

Tuesday 3rd April, 10am – 12.30pm

Join the following musicians and industry professionals who will be running this free mini workshop all about songwriting, sound and the music industry. The workshop will be very interactive and casual, to promote participation in a friendly environment and may have a performance opportunity experience to showcase the work completed during the workshop.

Izzy Losi (song writing), 
Travis Don (sound and lighting)
Joni Gardner (song writing)
Tommy Harold (classical & theory)
Callum Watson (jazz & blues)
Amanda Sheering (promotion and PR)

See below for all facilitators bio:

Izzy Losi (piano, voice, songwriting)

Izzy Losi is an experienced musician, who has been involved in a variety of different bands over her musical career. Currently, she is the frontwoman for her band ‘Izzy Losi and the Auracles’, having performed at Queenscliff Musical Festival, the Festival of Sails, as well as having travelled interstate for numerous gigs. She has supported artists such as Maddy Jane and Courtney Barnett. Izzy Losi and the Auracles have released an album entitled ‘The Only Constant is Change’, introducing a dynamic, and unique sound to the Victorian Music Scene. Overall, Izzy is extremely experienced in both stagecraft, song-writing, and we highly recommend learning off of this talented, fun musician. Izzy is currently the Music Co-ordinator at CHYA, stemming from a long history and love of the venue from a young age. 

Joni Gardner (Piano, Guitar, Vocals, Song writing)

Joni Gardner is a local acoustic musician who is passionate about arts and culture and being actively involved in the Geelong music scene. A regular performer, he recently won runner up the 2018 Geelong’s Best Busker competition. He is also passionate about theatre and has recently successfully acquired the lead role of Galileo Figaro in the Centre Stage Production of ‘We Will Rock You’. He is also the current music intern at Courthouse Youth Arts. Joni is currently recording his debut EP, which will be released later this year. If you’re interested in artists such as Ed Sheeran, John Mayer and Matt Corby.

Trav Don (sound and lighting)

Trav Don is an eager tech and gear-head who is extremely friendly and approachable young mentor for anyone who wants to be involved behind the (very important scenes) of sound and lighting. He completed his certificate of Advance Diploma in Sound Production in 2016. He has worked in venues such as the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, and is currently working at the Courthouse Youth Arts. A drummer from a young age, he has played in numerous bands around the region. He is currently involved as head beat maker in Ballarat punk band Trucks and Izzy Losi and the Auracles.

Amanda Sherring (Music PR)

Amanda studied journalism at Deakin University and began her career writing for online blogs and local youth magazines. A keen music lover, Amanda is experienced in the PR side of all things music. After leaving her job as editor in chief of the popular local magazine ‘Forte’, Amanda started her new PR business ‘ Fresh Take PR’, which aims to offer content creation, social media promotion and management tips for businesses and musicians. Amanda also has a history with CHYA, being a member of the Arts Advisory Panel in 2013. 

Callum Watson (Jazz)

Callum has received great acclaim as a Jazz Pianist after participating in the exclusive New York Jazz Symposium with teachers from the Juilliard Music School such as Carl Allen and Rodney Jones, both of whom are giants in the Jazz genre. In this experience Callum was chosen along with 30 others from around Australasia to have an inspiring Jazz experience. Callum is an in demand keyboard player playing in as many as six bands at a time.
Callum has composed music for over five theatrical productions in his position as Musical Director for Western Edge in Melbourne. Recently, Callum has developed a reputation for composing concert music. His composition “Clash of the Cultures” featuring various ethnic instrumentation from Didgeridoo to Sitar to Bagpipes has reached critical acclaim. Callum was awarded the Margaret Schofield Scholarship for composition. Currently, Callum is studying a Bachelor of Music degree at Monash University specialising in Composition.

Who should attend?

If you are interested in music industry, playing an instrument, song writing, or even music in general, you should definitely consider attending. If you want a taste of the music industry, it will be a great opportunity for you to get started, and even start making connections and friends with your peers.

This workshop is FREE. To register your place, along with any dietary requirements, you must contact the Courthouse at: to assist us in planning.

We hope to see you there!
The Courthouse Team