Sounz Forza

"The workshop was a fantastic experience. It was simply one of the funnest and enjoyable courses I've ever been on. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking at the performance side of music." (T. Sherson, bassist) 

"Such a privilege to hang out and share music with such awesome musicians. Very memorable; would do it again tomorrow!" (F. McMartin, singer-songwriter)

"The course was comprehensive, well structured and fun. Collaborating with the other musos and having Warren's guidance and input was amazing. I highly recommend the Sounz Forza Workshops." (G.Hight, guitarist, vocalist)

Sounz Forza Workshops, located in the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka, Central Otago, is an initiative kickstarted in 2010 to address the need for contemporary courses for musicians of all ages and genres.

Lake Wanaka SouNZ Incorporated (LWSI), which has been running the successful Rippon Festivals since last millenium, offers a variety of music workshops featuring top Kiwi musicians and icons within the industry as guest tutors at most workshops. Members from such bands as Shapeshifter, Trinity Roots, The Blacks Seeds and The Mint Chicks share their national and overseas experience with students keen to take their music career to the next level.

In 2015 and 2016 LWSI hosted the YAMI Sounz Summit during NZ Music Month (May), which saw 150 students, tutors and volunteers take part in a truly unique musical weekend. Participants get the opportunity to network, collaborate, and learn nw skills to assist in a fulfilling career in the music industry. This has now become a regular fixture on the musical calendar, with more information HERE.

"This is just what our music scene needs - a brilliant contribution to NZ music, towards decent mentoring systems. In the world of business, mentors are fairly common, but musicians all have to learn from scratch through trial and error - a big waste of creative people's energy that repeats itself again and again!” - Age Pryor (musician/songwriter)

Whether you are looking to upskill in the area of performance, management, or sound production, each workshop promises to be fun as well as educational. Workshop numbers are kept deliberately small to ensure maximum benefit to each attendee.

Sounz Forza Workshops (Forza, meaning ‘strength’) are specifically designed to cater for people who wish to have music as the main force within their career. The minimum age for most workshops is 16 years, and there are also special workshops aimed solely at younger students.

Upon completion, each participant receives a Lake Wanaka SouNZ Certificate, detailing skills covered within the workshop. Memory sticks are also issued in most workshops, containing the information covered.
Each workshop is partially subsidised by Lake Wanaka SouNZ and community funding.

The workshops are for musicians, composers, and for people who wish to work within the industry.

"The workshop was really inspirational and a great opportunity."
(L. Shaw - guitarist, vocalist, saxophonist)


Upcoming Workshops

Songwriting & Beat Creation

November 5 & 6, 2016
November 12 & 13, 2016
For ages 11 to 14 years


Guest Tutor: Martine Harding
(Arma Del Amor)

For more information, email 

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Thank you to all who attended, supported, created, staffed, vollied, applauded, sponsored, tutored or performed at YAMI Sounz Summit 2016 on May 14 and 15th. Let's do it all over again in 2017!