Lior inspires students to take musical notes: Video

Inspiring: Lachlan Carrick and Lior at Bendigo Senior Secondary College on Tuesday. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

Inspiring: Lachlan Carrick and Lior at Bendigo Senior Secondary College on Tuesday. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

Aria nominated musician Lior is likely to have a few hundred more fans after leading a two-day workshop with Bendigo Secondary School College music students this week.

Sixteen selected music students at the school have been busy working towards writing, performing and producing an original song under the guidance of the acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter and his producer, Lachlan Carrick.

The two-day workshop, which ran all day on Wednesday and Thursday and involved students splitting off into groups of four, culminates with students recording their songs with Lior on Thursday afternoon.

Jason McGregor, 17, Bridie Lyle, 17, Shannon Brown, 17 and Keanu Aquino, 18, formed one group of four.

Mr McGregor said the group had to figure out a main idea for the story, which "had to be specific rather than broad".

"We struggled at first. It’s difficult to decide on what to focus on when you have four people," Mr Aquino said.

Ms Lyle said the group settled on a theme about moving because it was something the group had all experienced.

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"Some of us have had to move house, state or country," she said. 

Music co-ordinator Matt Pankhurst said the experience the students gained through the program was priceless. 

"If I was going to put an equivocal dollar value on it on what the kids receive over these two days, it’s quite amazing," he said.

"It’s really inspiring to these kids to have someone like Lior come here. It’s a motivational thing."

Students with a contemporary focus were selected to be part of the program, Mr Pankhurst said.

"Also we’ve got a wide range of students here interested in the production and the recording side of things," he said.

"Lachlan Carrick is a great producer and has a massive amount of knowledge as a producer, so that’s another great aspect."

He said Lior's performance at the school on the Wednesday morning had been particularly well received. 

"You should have seen the look on the kids faces," he said.

"Apart from being an amazing songwriter he’s also a really great performer."

Mr Pankhurst said the school was grateful to be selected to be one of 50 schools nation-wide to take part in this year's program, run by APRA/AMCOS.

"It was a really generous offer from APRA/AMCOS, they are the two organisations which take care of performing rights and copyright in Australia," he said.

"Very few schools receive an offer each year to be involved in this program," he said.

"It’s really geared towards regional schools, which is also another great way of eliminating the tyranny of distance we often suffer from being so far away from key artists."

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