TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF PASSIONATE
Eumundi School of Rock is a not for profit 10 week music program that offers free scholarships to talented young musicians based on the Sunshine Coast. The musicians are chosen through an audition process headed up by five-time ARIA award-winning and seven times platinum artist Katie Noonan and team.
"In 2019 we had our highest number of kids audition ever!
Almost 50 kids came and played and sang their hearts out and it was such an honour for us to watch them all overcoming their fears and working hard to do their very best. The higher level of excellence made picking our 20 scholarship spots harder than ever.
The purpose of our school is to provide top quality music education to children aged grade 3-8 and provide valuable paid work for local musicians in our area.
After donating a bunch of new instruments to the local school, I felt compelled to set up a little independent school as a way of giving back to community and fostering a love of music in young people.
I really believe in the vital importance of music education for all, regardless of whether you can afford it or not. I also believe in the power of music to help children discover their sense of confidence, self-love and their own sense of belonging and community.
Using all Aussie music, our programme gives our kids vital tools for their mental health and well-being - to help them navigate school and their journey into young adulthood with music as their friend.
I am honoured to work alongside our extraordinary team, especially our secretary Betzi, our treasurer Kerry and our awesome fundraising ladies, our wonderful MD Brett Newman and our rad teachers Andrea Kirwin, Clint Francis, Mark Williams, Zac Hurren and Mark Maroney. We can’t wait for you to hear our awesome rockers at our concert on August 24 at the Eumundi School of Arts with our 20 star students of 2019, our 2018 stellar show band, myself and Mufassa and The Pride all performing as part of the Sunshine Coast Council’s Horizon Festival."
Eumundi School of Rock is a not for profit entity. The scholarships costs about $1500 per student and this covers teaching and administration fees as well as putting on the end of year concert.
The music program is fully funded by donations from local members of parliament, Sunshine Coast Council grants, local businesses and personal donations. We are grateful for the local communities support in helping us train, mentor and pass on the love of music to the next generation of musicians.