Premier Australian songwriter Eric McCusker will bring his talents as a performer, composer and teacher to the University, having accepted a position in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.
Mr McCusker, who has been involved in the Australian music industry for 40 years, most notably with the band Mondo Rock, will lead a new unit – Song writing: how to write a pop tune – aimed at developing the employability of music students at the University.
Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Robert Burke, said he was very excited to welcome Mr McCusker to Monash and looked forward to working with such an important figure of the Australian music industry.
“Eric McCusker is one of the most successful and respected songwriters in the country. Students taking this unit will have the opportunity to develop skill-sets from a proven artist who has had experience in many styles of music,” Mr Burke said.
Mr McCusker said he was pleased to be able to accept such an opportunity and was eager to share his experiences in the music industry with students.
“Songwriting is a cornerstone skill in the music industry. The Song Stories unit is designed for students with interest in learning and utilising techniques of songwriting,” Mr McCusker said.
“Good songwriters are in demand across a number of industries: advertising, film, television, as well as the music industry, so it is important that we develop students who are industry ready.”
Mr McCusker has written seven Australian Top 40 hits with Mondo Rock, including the iconic Come Said the Boy, State of the Heart, Chemistry and No Time. His songs have charted in the Top 40 in the USA and in Germany and Japan. He was awarded the Australian Songwriter of the Year in 1981, Album of the Year (Chemistry) in 1981 and the APRA Award for Most Performed Song (Come Said the Boy) in 1983-84.
Song writing: how to write a pop tune is a second-year subject and will begin in the first semester of 2013.
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