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Presented by drummer/educator Ronny Ferella and special guests, the BMI Music Workshops are open to all ages and all musical styles.

Each workshop will focus on a different element of music-making; theory, practice and a little bit of musical history all rolled into one.

Bring your own instrument and come along and play or just soak up the info.

5.30 – 7pm in the Hooper Room
$10 per workshop


Saturday 24th August

chords and melody with Stephen Magnusson

One of the most accomplished, versatile and distinctive musicians working in Australia.  His sound has made him an indispensable part of many bands, live performances and film scores.  He has worked with many artists including Charlie Haden, Meshell Ndegeocello, Ricki Lee Jones, Sinead O’Connor, John Cale, Gurrumul Yunupingu, Paul Grabowsky, Vince Jones, Katie Noonan, Lisa Young, Christine Sullivan, Michelle Nicole, Martin Breeze, The Assumptions Trio, Megan Washington, Paul Kelly, Jim Black, Mike Nock, Barney McAll, Enrico Rava, Arthur Blythe and many others. As a part of the Katie Noonan trio Elixir, the ensemble won the ARIA for Best Jazz Album in 2011. 

As an educator, Stephen has been inspiring musicians for many years teaching at both Victorian College of The Arts and Monash University, where he teaches guitar and leads both small jazz ensembles and a guitar ensemble. 

In 2013, Stephen was awarded the Melbourne Prize for Outstanding Musician, and the Australian Jazz Bell Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album with his quartet MAGNET (with Carl Pannuzzo, Eugene Ball and Sergio Berezovsky).

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performing with Omelette


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Saturday 19th October

working the rhythm section with Ronny Ferella

Ronny Ferella

Based in Melbourne, for over 25 years Ronny has been performing, composing and teaching jazz-related music in many and varied environments.  His vast experiences have taken him to many parts of the world, performing at jazz festivals and clubs and as a student and teacher.  A committed student of jazz and its history Ronny has developed his teaching around various folk traditions that have influenced jazz rhythm, and how and why elements of these traditions influence today’s contemporary music. 

Ronny is currently teaching at Melbourne University where he is working with jazz students teaching small ensemble studies, improvisation techniques and runs a lecture in jazz history/culture.  Alongside this position he works for the Song Room, running music engagement programmes for primary school students, and teaches drumet and percussion privately and at Ringwood Secondary College.

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Performing with Omelette

Saturday 30th November

ways to get better at reading music with Ronny Ferella

Friday 31st January

developing your own musical style with Fran Swinn

Friday 27th March

rhythms from different cultures & styles with Javier Fredes