Ben Lee Visit Kicks off of Unique Training Program

May 11, 2016

Australian actor and singer, Ben Lee joined students for an intimate recording session at Hunter TAFE’s music studio last month as part of a new training initiative, which will help the next generation build practical industry skills. ABOVE: Ben Lee with Brian Lizotte at Hunter Tafe.

After a number of years working closely with Hunter TAFE’s Regional Institute of Performing Arts (RIPA) and Regional Music Institute (RMI), Lizotte’s have formalised their partnership with a focus on providing students with experience and skills that will prepare them for a career in what is a highly competitive industry.

RIPA and RMI are two Hunter TAFE schools dedicated to tertiary vocational training in music and performing arts.

With plans to expand the program in the future, the partnership will initially offer RIPA and RMI students the opportunity to perform and record music at Lizotte’s live music venue in New Lambton and bring high-profile artists on campus to work with Hunter TAFE students.

Internationally renowned recording artist and actor, Ben Lee was the first artist to visit and
record music with RIPA and RMI students, helping to launch the innovative partnership between Lizotte’s and Hunter TAFE.

Owner, Brian Lizotte has a passion for supporting local talent both on and off the stage.

“The 105 year-old theatre, turned music venue, has a constant stream of local, national and international talent gracing its stage. This puts Lizotte's in a perfect position to provide students with unique learning experiences which will be invaluable for their career,” said Mr Lizotte.

“Our partnership with Hunter TAFE will allow RMI and RIPA students studying in many different areas of music and performing arts to gain real-world, hands-on experience with high profile artists.”

Hunter TAFE Head teacher Music and Performing Arts, Teresa Conicella said the partnership is a great outcome for everyone involved and will provide invaluable learning experiences for students and staff.

“When it comes to a career in the entertainment industry, most people will tell you there is no substitute for experience and that is what this program is all about.”

“This partnership is part of a wider strategy, which focuses on developing new and innovative training delivery methods and learning experiences for our students, which ultimately enable them to build skills relevant to the work they will do in industry, in a way they want to learn,” said Ms Conicella.

Later this year RMI will add to its recording studio with the addition of a 48-channel SSL Duality console, which will place Hunter TAFE’s RMI studio as one of the best training facilities in Australia.

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