Composition & Songwriting Workshop: Make Music Fest

The composers and songwriters of tomorrow have incredible career opportunities in the 21st century music industry. Want to join them? Come along for a fun day “on the tools” at AIM where you will be mentored in writing, rehearsing, and recording a classical film score or bringing your own original song to life!

Our Composition and Songwriting workshops are an invaluable opportunity to get expert advice from our industry veteran lecturers on your own music OR a meaningful introduction to the world of film sound. Choose the workshop that’s right for you!

This workshop is a part of Make Music Fest, AIM’s future student festival and is ideally suited to Year 11 and 12, recent school leavers or mature age students interested in studying at AIM.

Our Composition and Songwriting Workshop is split into two streams, where you’ll be guided through fun tasks by our knowledgeable teachers.

Composers Workshop:

If you’re curious about writing for film and TV, join our Composers Workshop! You will:

  • Compose a short film score
  • Collaborate and record with classical students

Songwriters Workshop:

If you’re an aspiring songwriter, join our Songwriting Workshop! You will:

  • Workshop your original song
  • Perform live onstage

During our day of incredible music workshops, you’ll learn, compose, meet other students and experience the amazing vibe at AIM!  Check out the schedule for the day here.

About your teachers:


Dr Mark Oliveiro is a graduate and distinguished alumnus of the Sydney Conservatorium, the College of Music, the University of North Texas and the School of Music of Indiana University.  

As well as working as an academic lecturer at AIM, Mark is a composer with diverse extra-musical interests including history, mythology and ancient literature.

At present, he has an interest in exploring, by way of conceptual abstract and musical aesthetic, the notion of reconstructing lost or imagined performance traditions. Dance and movement, theatrics and technology, language and social media, are just some of the non-musical solutions most apt for his ever expanding, contemporary composer tool belt. 

With a keen and equal interest in acoustic and electronic music as well as interactive media, Mark’s music has been represented at national and international conferences and festivals including the World Saxophone Congress, the International Horn Society, the International Computer Music Association, the Society of Electroacoustic Music, Electronic Music Midwest and Vivid Music. 


Simone East is a passionate songwriter and orchestral composer with over 15 years experience delivering and designing courses in composition, songwriting, music theory and music history. She has taught at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australian Performing Arts School, The Australian Institute of Music and is Composer-in-Residence at Trinity Grammar School. 

Simone’s experimental instrumental works have been performed at national and international festivals including the Australian Orchestral Forum.

Simone is fascinated with the interplay between words and music and has been performing as a singer-songwriter, sharing the stage with international artists such as Nashville-based Emma Swift, North Carolina’s The Easy Leaves. Simone is currently putting the finishing touches on her debut album Stealing Time with producer Ben Edwards. 

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