New Noise Programs
A WA band or musician visits a school and carries out a 30 minute performance and Q and A for the whole school.
Performances are tailored to suit each school and designed to be as engaging, inspiring and motivating as possible. There is an opportunity at the end of each performance for students to ask questions of the visiting musicians and to learn more about them. WAM provides each school involved in this program with resources and support materials to supplement the performance.
A WA band or musician visits a school once a week for 5 weeks and undertakes a series of workshops with the same group of students, usually on the topic of song writing, mental wellbeing, and creativity.
Artists receive an artist toolkit and one-on-one training with WAM to ensure that they are equipped to facilitate these workshops to a high standard. The workshops are designed to meet the needs of students at the school and, where possible, tie in with existing learning objectives. These are hands-on sessions that foster deep engagement with the creative process and the Act Belong Commit Message.
A musician attends the same school for 10 weeks and works with students on a song that explores what staying mentally healthy is about by using Act Belong Commit. This program includes support materials and resources for teachers and culminates in a whole school performance and recording of the collaborative song.
The musician in residence sets up a temporary recording studio at the school which is where they are based each week when they attend the school. They are encouraged to participate in the school community and to be a visible presence at the school. WAM works closely with teachers at schools who host Musicians in Residence to ensure that as many students as possible are able to engage with the song writing process and the musician.
New Noise Collective is a group of young people (aged 15 – 21) who work with WAM to organise live music events in community spaces throughout Perth that are diverse, accessible and inclusive for all ages.
New Noise Testimonials
On behalf of our students and staff I just wanted to say a huge THANKYOU to WAM for providing this fabulous opportunity.
Jarred made quite an impression on all who attended his performance. His calm and engaging manner made an impact.
In particular, it was fantastic for our boys to watch an indigenous man be so calm and play such beautiful music. Many of our students that may find sitting for short periods of time challenging, certainly didn’t have an issue when listening to Jarred.
By the end of the performance it was so encouraging to see many students gain confidence to sing and/or dance.
Deputy Principal, Djidi Djidi Primary School
At Lesmurdie Senior High School, we were searching for a way to mark and celebrate Harmony Week. We were incredibly fortunate to have had Western Australian Music (WAM) reach out to us and offer us an incredible live music performance for this purpose.
Grace Newton-Wordsworth performed for our students on the final day of Harmony Week and was an absolute highlight for staff and students. Students were enthralled by the opportunity to the performance as Grace kept them thoroughly engaged.
It was in no small part that WAM's contribution of a live musician helped us create a celebratory vibe in our school for Harmony Week. Some of our own dedicated music students went as far as to describe the performance as 'inspiring' as they reflect on their own passions for music. We are hugely appreciative of WAM's contribution to our event.
The performance by 'Stacey Ann' was outstanding-we have all become groupies, teachers, and students alike.
The girls handled primary school children beautifully, had little comments in between after a few starting songs to hold the student's attention and why or what the song was about, some physical movement into their end song that the kids loved being involved with and didn't distract the kids from the performances.
So many more budding songwriters after such inspiration.
Very high calibre, I can't recommend them enough.
The worksheets were excellent to accompany the performance, the kids learnt lots about all the equipment required for what seemed like a casual 2 singers and sound engineer and how to be a reviewer.
Every class was buzzing, and it was a resounding YES for next year if we are lucky enough to be offered again.
Music Specialist Teacher, Richmond PS
Grace Barbé’s performance at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus was delightful. Her beautiful and expressive voice was captivating. The stories she told behind her songs touched the hearts of our students with special meaning for so many of our students who are from other countries.
Thank you and WAM New Noise so much for providing our students with the opportunity of experiencing this high calibre performance from a local artist. Seeing someone like them do so well shows them that it is possible that they too can aspire to fulfil their dreams.
Cyril Jackson Senior Campus
Adrian Dzvuke was an incredible inspiration to our students at Rockingham SHS. WAM’s song-writing workshops were able to support students with song-writing tools from an artist’s perspective, in the current music industry today.
This has proven to be an invaluable experience for our students. Music industry opportunities are necessary for the growth and retention of young aspiring musicians, and are key to engaging youth in the Arts sector.
We are so very grateful for the opportunities that WAM has supported our school with over the years, including the whole-school lunchtime performance by Adrian Dzvuke and his band most recently to date.
Our students are still buzzing with excitement from the experience and we can’t wait to see what is in store for the future.