Tour with Rebecca Barnard

Rebecca Barnard is positioned in Australian music as rock royalty. You may even recognise her from guest spots on Rockwiz and Spicks & Specks with Adam Hills. Her band, Rebecca’s Empire, released highly acclaimed albums between 1994 and 2000, toured with Billy Bragg and had three songs in the Triple J Hot 100 for three years running. She continues to perform in her own right and has released two solo albums, Everlasting in 2010 and Fortified in 2006. She has also performed and recorded with Paul Kelly, Stephen Cummings, Tim Rogers, Deborah Conway and Renee Geyer. With this wealth of career highlights you might be wondering what she is doing offing up her experience to students. After taking a part time tutoring position at NCAT, Rebecca explained that she wasn’t a “regular teacher” and would need to approach training musicians in her own unique manner. Fortunately for us she is now passing on those years of experience to students at Northern College of the Arts and Technology in Preston.
Get fully trained by a performing professional, who has worked with many of Australia's music legends. 
Develop skills in:
Song writing
Vocal techniques
Rehearsal techniques
& more, all under the guidance of Rebecca Barnard.
Apply online at:
Applications to be made to NCAT Music
Applications open from 17th November 2018
Auditions NOW OPEN
All applicants must have a year12 equivalent and available to commit to an 8 month Certificate IV mentoring & development program.
Mature age applicants welcome.
Demos can be submitted by providing a link to NCAT or at the allocated audition date.
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Together with Rebecca’s colleagues at NCAT, music students there are being mentored by some of the best in the business. Rebecca is running a completely unique program which takes the students on tour as ‘Becks backing band’, offering them the wealth of performance experience that she’s has built up over the years.
Of the 12 units in Certificate IV in Music at NCAT, Rebecca teaches four of the units including Stagecraft, Songwriting, Performance - and her remarkable unit called ‘Backing Beck’ is perhaps the most important, because the students get first-hand experience of being in a successful band.
“Students get to see the tough side – being away from creature comforts, setting up the PA, promoting the tour, negotiating deals with venues…”
“At the end of the year I take the students on the road with me - as my band. We played at venues along the Great Ocean Road – including Apollo Bay, Lorne and Aries Inlet. The gig in Lorne just went off – and the students got a taste of how it feels to be wanted and have their music appreciated. The repertoire which includes originals by the students, some of my songs, and covers.
“It’s a very practical course and gives students the opportunity to be paid as working musicians. These guys are also learning to be adaptable over a range of genres and songs. We’ll be playing songs from contemporary Australian bands too
“I started gigging when I was 15 and the pinnacle of music education was for consummate musicians at the VCA. Nothing like the NCAT course existed. Now young people in Victoria can also hook into the FReeZA music program and The Push, coordinated by Charles Jenkins.

By undertaking this mentoring program students can gain a full Certificate IV in Music at NCAT. The college also offers Certificate IV programs in Sound Production and Guitar Making.

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