THE perfect starting point to learn about different aspects of the music industry.

Facilitated by professional musicians, radio presenters and industry experts, Bass Coast Adult Learning’s Practical Music Course requires no musical experience, rather just a passion and drive for the music industry.

Covering an array of topics – including but not limited to – performing, production, managing, events, songwriting, busking, copyright, legal and promotion, individuals leave with an array of skills and knowledge to help them on their musical voyage.

Driven by participants, everyone has their own story, experience and musical talents.

For Jess Paulson, it’s her third week at The Goods Shed.

“I joined to find my own voice – a lot of my work has been collaborative and community music previously.

“For me, I want to learn how to write songs saying what I want to say.

“It’s also a space to share my skills and learn other instruments.”

With a second boy not long arrived for Jess, Practical Music will also open more doors and career opportunities.

“COVID took a hard hit on the music community.”

For others, it’s their second time.

“I completed the previous course,” David Hubble explains.

“It was very good, and I got a lot out of it.”

David’s desire this time around is to learn more about the legalities – especially around busking.

An experienced open mic and events organiser, and musician in his own right, David brings years of experience to the table.

Robyn Reddall has also put her hand up and is a prime example of individuals not requiring a musical background – she is learning the piano.

“It’s wonderful to be around musicians. I’m starting out on the piano.

“It’s finding my voice and becoming enthusiastic. It’s fabulous and I feel very honoured to be here.

“BCAL offers amazing courses with wonderful teachers.”

A man of many skills, in particular percussion, Steven Rath doesn’t have a favourite instrument.

“I’ve been playing music since I was born. I enjoy the piano.”

As facilitator Lisa Ovejero adds: “There is a variety of skills and knowledge within the group. Today we are joined by Jon von Goes – musician and broadcaster at 3RRR. This afternoon we are driving out to Archies Creek to see where Jon broadcasts.”

Giving individuals the opportunity to mix with an array of skills has led to David creating an open mic session after the Sunday Rotary Market in Wonthaggi.

“Last weekend, it went from 1pm to 4pm and the 10 musicians had the opportunity to go through twice,” David explained.

“We set up on the porch and enjoyed the sunshine. People sat on the lawn.”

“It was very well organised,” Lisa added.

“Jess did a fantastic job (singing) and Matt even joined in.”

On the second Sunday of the month after the market, pop down to the Goods Shed and enjoy the soothing sounds and talent of local musicians.