IMA Winter Concerts

It’s that time of year again and we are very excited to have our clients perform for our 2013 Winter Concerts.

We would like to announce the dates and locations for the 2013 Winter Concerts:

 

Under 18’s:

  • Date: Sunday, June 9
  • Location: Hendra Bowls Club, 25 Lethem St, Hendra.

Over 18’s:

  • Date: Sunday, June 16
  • Location: The Beetle Bar, 350 Upper Roma St, Brisbane.

 

Rehearsals will be held the Saturday before each concert at IMA, Windsor.

The Independent Music Academy Concerts are held twice a year during Winter and Summer. The concerts give our clients the opportunity to get up on stage in front of a very safe and encouraging audience, allowing them to play for their family and friends with  the support of a backing band in a local venue.

Staff Gigs: May

Thursday, May 9

  • The Bus Band – Covers
  • B105 Pub Trivia
  • 7.30 pm @ The Calamvale Hotel (Invitation only)
  • https://www.facebook.com/thebusband

Friday, May 10

  • The Get Happy’s – Jazz
  • 8pm @ Hervey Bay RSL, Hervey Bay

Saturday, May 11

Sunday, May 12

  • Hummingbird Duo, The Bus Band, Three Over None
  • Mother’s Day Classic
  • 7.30 am @ Cultural Forecourt, South Bank & Kurilpa Park, South Brisbane & Riverside Drive, West End.
  • www.facebook.com/hummingbirdduo

Thursday, May 16

Thursday, May 23

Saturday, May 25

Thursday, May 30

Friday, May 31

 

IMA playing at the B105 Pub Trivia

IMA playing at the B105 Pub Trivia

We are so excited to be working with B105 again for the Labby, Stav & Abby $10,000 Pub Trivia this Thursday, May 9 at McGuire’s Calamvale Hotel!

B105 has decided to give away $10,000 to the team with the highest score on the quiz. To get invited to participate in the quiz, listen to the Breakfast Show from 6 – 9 am each morning this week.

Staff from IMA will be performing the songs from the trivia questions in the final round. Local band “Sheppard” will also be playing on the night.

For more information, visit the B105 website here.

B105 Pub Trivia

To book a free, no-obligation lesson trial lesson with one of our mentors in guitar, vocals, bass guitar, piano, drums, woodwind or violin, just fill out this form and we’ll get back to you very shortly!

Alternatively, call us on 3852 1116 and we can schedule in your first, free lesson over the phone.

LIVE MUSIC FROM IMA TO SUPPORT MOTHERS DAY CLASSIC

Independent Music Academy is proud to be supporting the Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic, the major fundraising event for breast cancer research in Australia. Staff from Independent Music Academy will be supplying live music for runners throughout the event on May 12th.

 

image “We love using our skills to give back to the community,” said Seamus Kirkpatrick co-director of Independent Music. “In the past we have done extensive work with the B105 Christmas Appeal and the Bridge To Brisbane. It’s wonderful to be able to offer our support to The Mother’s Day Classical”.

 

“It’s unusual to get up so early and play for runners, but the runners love it. There’s nothing like live music to get you pumped and running your best. And our staff love getting the chance to play too, they’re all incredible musicians and always have a ball.”

 

Since Independent Music Academy opened its doors in 2003 it has been a high profile and quality education provider for both adults and children. Independent Music has two studios – one at Windsor and one at Mitchelton where they provide individual tuition in Voice, Guitar, Piano, Woodwind, Violin, Bass Guitar and Drums.

 

The Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic has been held on Mother’s day for more than 15 years and aims to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research in Australia. People are are able to support the event by raising funds as a participant in the fun run or walk. The event is one of Australia’s biggest national charity events raising 14.8 million dollars since 1998. Each year it is held at major cities across the country with a total of125,000 participants in 2012.

 

Three bands from the Independent Music Academy will be performing on the day, including The Bus Band, Three Over None and an acoustic duo, Hummingbird. The bands will be located on Riverside Drive in West End, Kurilpa Park in South Brisbane and the South Bank Cultural Forecourt from 7.30 am – 10.00 am. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/TheBusBand and www.facebook.com/hummingbirdduo.

 

Independent Music Academy is a leading private music school formed in 1996. It has locations at Windsor and Mitchelton and offers tuition in vocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums, strings, brass and woodwind.

Settling into Windsor

Settling into Windsor

Our first month at our new Windsor location has been fantastic as all our clients and staff settle into the brand new premises, and the place is looking great as all the final touches are being made.

Our brightly decorated rooms are now each fitted with new mixers and stereo systems so we can all enjoy crisp, high-quality music and sound in the lessons.

We are very happy that the community vibe from Bowen Hills has been preserved at our new location, with our staff and clients hanging out, having a laugh, contemplating the mysteries and wonders of music, and harrassing our admin staff (all in good fun, of course!)

We would like to thank Shane and his team at Cre8 Sound Design who have made enormous efforts with fitting out the new shop. They’ve done a fabulous job, don’t you think?

To book a free, no-obligation lesson trial lesson with one of our mentors in guitar, vocals, bass guitar, piano, drums, woodwind or violin, just fill out this form and we’ll get back to you very shortly!

Alternatively, call us on 3852 1116 and we can schedule in your first, free lesson over the phone.

Music Tips from the Staff at IMA

At Independent Music Academy, our mentors have very strong teaching philosophies, and we want to see our students continually develop and progress in order to reach their musical goals.

We are excited to announce that we will be giving weekly music tips to motivate and inspire all music learners. Follow us on Pinterest by clicking here to keep updated with all the latest tips!

Check out some of our tips below:

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BRETT GARSED ANNOUNCED AS NEW AUSTRALIAN AXE-FX II ENDORSEE

Brett Garsed, John Farnham’s guitarist and prominent Australian musician becomes an endorsee for the Fractal Audio Systems – Axe-FX II, exclusively distributed in Australia by Independent Music Products.

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Independent Music Products, exclusive distributor of the Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx II Multi-FX and amp emulator and the MFC-101 foot controller are excited to announce Brett Garsed as their newest endorsee. Brett will be joining Michael Dolce, James Ryan, Peter Northcote in endorsing the product along with Bob Spencer (Skyhooks and The Angels), Dead Letter Circus and Forrester Savell (producer Karnivool, DLC, The Butterfly Effect).

Brett Garsed has been on the Australian music scene for 3 decades, well known for his performance and recordings with local pop icon John Farnham. A notable point in Brett’s career was his support act in the Australian tour of Grammy winning Steve Vai (Frank Zappa) in 2004. Brett has also enjoyed success working with the rock band Nelson and acclaimed US guitarist TJ Helmerich and featured as a lead guitarist in the Mark Varney Project’s Centrifugal Funk alongside respected guitarists Shawn Lane and Frank Gambale. Other leading musicians Brett has collaborated with include keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Planet X) and drummer Virgil Donati (Planet X, CAB). Releasing a rock guitar improvisation DVD in 2004 and two solo albums in 2002 and 2011, Brett furthered his reputation as a musician gaining respect in the realms of education and songwriting. His most recent feature lies in the release of the album 3 Crows by Chris Buck released last October and his current work includes performance in the house band for Dancing in the Stars.

Independent Music Products formed in 2009 and is the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for Fractal Audio Systems products including the Axe-FX II. Mission Engineering Expression, Volume and Wha pedals as well as Atomic Amps FRFR amplification systems. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Never Too Late! Why You Should Take Music Lessons As An Adult.

It’s a common misconception that after reaching a certain age, we become ‘too old’ to learn an instrument. Why? Because society tells us so. Because research tells us so. Because some music teachers tell us so. But let’s get this straight.

 

 

 

 

If I still haven’t convinced you, let me share some of my personal experiences with you. Of all my students, past and present, around half were above the age of 18. Around a quarter were over the age of 30. Some have been in their 60’s. Of these students, I’ve seen them learn to play their favourite songs, learn to read, learn to improvise, play the blues, rip out solos, sit examinations, write their own songs and gig around town. But most importantly, these students have not once demonstrated that they are less capable of learning or enjoying music than any of my children students. In fact, a lot of them felt comfortable with an instrument much quicker.

 

One of my favourite quotes is from the wonderful jazz pianist, Kenny Werner: “If you can talk, you can play.” There is no age limit on learning music – there are no boundaries at all. At the end of day, music is an expressive and joyful part of life, and everybody can, and should, play music.

 

Outstanding Axe-Fx II review in Audio Technology magazine.

Check out this fantastic review in the new Audio Technology magazine!
Great issue all round for guitarists – lots of good interviews and reviews.

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Audio Technology Axe-Fx II review

PETER NORTHCOTE ANNOUNCED AS NEW AUSTRALIAN AXE-FX II ENDORSEE

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Peter Northcote, probably Australia’s most recorded guitarist comes on board as endorsee for the Fractal Audio Systems – Axe-FX II, exclusively distributed in Australia by Independent Music Products.

Independent Music Products, exclusive distributor of the Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx II Multi-FX and amp emulator and the MFC-101 foot controller are very proud to announce Peter Northcote as their newest endorsee. Peter will be joining Bob Spencer (Skyhooks and The Angels), Dead Letter Circus and Forrester Savell (producer Karnivool, DLC, The Butterfly Effect) in endorsing the product for Independent Music Products.

Checkout Peter’s Axe-Fx II video here.

Peter Northcote one of Australia’s premier guitarists has played live with Shania Twain, Tom Jones, Jimmy Barnes, Stevie Wright, Richard Clapton, Dragon, Darryl Braithwaite, The Monkeys and many more. Peter has recorded with many of the above artists in addition to recording with Guy Sebastian, Human Nature, Paul Kelly, Shanon Noll, Hi5 and Yothu Yindi. His commercial credits for Television and Radio are vast and still growing. This year Peter was the recipient of the MusicOZ Legends award. You can see Peter live every weekend on the Morning Sunrise show as part of the house band.

 

Independent Music Products formed in 2009 and is the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for Fractal Audio Systems products including the Axe-FX II. Mission Engineering Expression, Volume and Wha pedals as well as Atomic Amps FRFR amplification systems.