Free monthly music workshops from Christian Teusner via The EMU Tree are coming to Kangaroo Island.

EMU Music: Christian Teusner, right, in a recent workshop in Kingscote, with engaged and interested students. Photo: Supplied.
EMU Music: Christian Teusner, right, in a recent workshop in Kingscote, with engaged and interested students. Photo: Supplied.

Monthly workshops are open to anyone aged 12-24, who would like to explore music, whether it is creating digital music with beats and loops or songwriting and recording with acoustic instruments.

The monthly workshops will continue until the end of the year when there will be a public presentation in December to showcase the work produced by the students including a compilation CD.

This is enabling a continued learning experience for participants. 

The program is free of charge to participants as this is a collaborative project between FWS (Finding Workable Solutions), Kangaroo Island Council, Parenting KI, Lions Club Kangaroo Island, Junction Australia and The EMU Tree.

The workshops are facilitated by Christian Teusner from The EMU Tree, Education and Music in Unison (theemutree.com).

Christian has over 25 years experience internationally working in music and education and has a great love and connection with KI as the family have been coming to the island to their property on the north coast for over 40 years.

The EMU Tree has recently celebrated its 930th Australian Workshop since 2012, and Christian has delivered over 1,700 music workshops internationally since 2001.

Kirsty Hage, Manager, Community and Culture, Barossa Council said, “Any program that Chris and The EMU Tree are engaged in is going to be well worth the effort.”

The EMU Tree workshops provide positive experiences and are designed to promote creative expression, engagement, confidence, production skills and mentoring opportunities which are non exclusive.

You do not need to play an instrument to get involved, just an interest in exploring music.

The free workshops are monthly in Kingscote and alternate between Penneshaw and Parndana.

Workshop times and dates for April and May:

  • Kingscote, 3pm to 7pm Monday 24th April, KI Community Centre.
  • Penneshaw, 3pm to 6:30pm, Wednesday26th April, Penneshaw Town Hall.
  • Kingscote, 3pm to 7pm Monday 29th May, KI Community Centre.
  • Parndana, 3pm to 5:30pm Tuesday 30th May, Parndana Community Centre

Christian has expressed, "Don't be shy, if you are curious about the program don't hesitate to get in touch, This is a fantastic opportunity for youth development".

To book, contact Carmel Batson from FWS on 85533085 or Maree from the Community Centre on 85538207 or further information, contact Christian Teusner from The EMU Tree on 0408 364900.