Songwriting insight from real practitioner

Dunstan High School year 12 pupils uncover the business of music with musician Julia Deans. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON
Alexandra pupils were given a taste of what a career in music looks like during a visit from former Fur Patrol frontwoman turned solo artist Julia Deans.

Taking part in Monday’s workshop on songwriting and performance were year 12 pupils from Dunstan High School.

Malia Banks (16) said the workshop began with some information on how Deans began in music, "which was quite interesting to learn".

She was interested in songwriting, learning "how you can structure your ideas, how you can write out just what you have got in your head and pick lyrics out of that".

Deans said her aim was to provide insights about the process of performance and songwriting.

When writing lyrics it was useful to get all your thoughts out, "and then you can go back and refine from there".

The visit was made possible by the New Zealand Music Commission’s musicians mentoring programme, which since 2001 has connected pupils to New Zealand’s top musical artists.

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