Josh Pyke delivers musical masterclass to Albion Park High students

Young Illawarra musician Aodhan Whitehall was in musical heaven.

His fellow Albion Park High School students also had it good when multi ARIA award winning singer-songwriter Josh Pyke dropped by the school last week.

Pyke was in town to primarily mentor Aodhan but also played a few songs to his very appreciative fellow year 9 students.

The visit came to fruition after Aodhan won the triple j's Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative last month.

As part of his prize the talented 15-year-old won a mentoring day at school to be delivered by APRA AMCOS SongMakers - an in-school program where some of Australia's best songwriters and producers mentor students to create new music (collaborative writing and demo'ing) in the classroom.

The added bonus for Aodhan was that he would get the opportunity to write a song with Pyke, one of his favourite Australian singer-songwriters.

"It's pretty crazy having him here. It's been awesome," Aodhan said.

"He is one of my many influences and inspirations. It's been great to see how he works. He is just a really nice dude."

Pyke, who was joined by writer/producer JP Fung, said he was happy to help Aodhan out.

"He is great. It is amazing that these opportunities [Songmakers] exist and I'm happy to contribute," Pyke said.

"We've had a great time writing a song from scratch.

"I'm a big believer of not rushing the creative process too much so we are not focused on getting a fully finished product, we're just focused on writing a great song.

"Aodhan's voice records really well."

The Australian singer and songwriter known for his six award-winning indie/folk albums, including a best-of album released in 2017, released his first children's book Lights Out, Leonard, in July.

"I have another one coming out in November and then I'll be making another record, which I hope to put out early next year," Pyke said.

The 41-year-old said writing children's books was another creative outlet for him.

"I've always been passionate about writing so it was just another way to explore a different creative process."