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Chasing Sound Music School
Chasing Sound Music School
Chasing Sound Music School

ABOUT US

MISSION STATEMENT

Chasing Sound Music School is a locally-owned and operated hub for all things music education. The School is a proud fixture of Barkly Street Footscray and offers private instrumental tuition to all ages. Chasing Sound holds annual Recitals and provides various other performance opportunities throughout the year at local community festivals. Chasing Sound has developed a specialised musical educative facility with teaching rooms, social areas, retail provision and a performance space. Chasing Sound develops resources, content and programs that reflect the musical needs of our region.

Chasing Sound is committed to increasing musical awareness and opportunities within the community, whilst emboldening the existing culture of local primary schools and affording potential facilitated excellence for young residents of the region. We aim to create diverse, engaging and inclusive music educational and performance pathways and elevate music education. It is the goal of the School to act as a communal music hub; increasing collaboration and equitable access within the Western Suburbs of Melbourne by sharing our love of music with our broader community.

History of School

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Emmet Brazil assumed control of the existing premises at 184A Barkly Street, Footscray in 2016. Passionate about performance, music education and curriculum, Emmet sought to also encourage community collaboration and facilitate excellence for our region. Along with his wife Trang, he worked diligently and enthusiastically to create a School that would provide a professional forum for music tuition within the heart of a diverse and talented community. Together with his staff, Emmet cultivated a friendly and supportive culture of excellence and creativity. The school quickly grew in enrolments and now boasts a large teaching staff, ensembles and various programs to broaden the musical experiences and opportunities of students.

Chasing Sound are forming important partnerships with Maribyrnong City Council, Victoria University, Western Bulldogs Football Club, the Footscray Learning Precinct and more. We are excited about the possibilities for growth and expansion with the move to a larger premises (199 Barkly Street, Footscray), the implementation of a new Concert Band Program, Ensemble Program and Chasing Sound Curriculum and what this will mean for our larger Western Suburbs community!

MUSIC CLASSES

OUR SPACE

Chasing Sound is the place to go for your tuition needs and can also supply many of your music resources and equipment. Stock is updated and constantly evolves to suit the requirements of our students and community.

Need something?
Come and have a chat or email us!

Chasing Sound is equipped with the following:

  • 3 Acoustic Piano Rooms
  • 1 Large Drum Room with two acoustic kits
  • 2 Guitar Room with nylon, electric and semi-acoustic guitars
  • 1 Strings Room with Double Bass, Cello, and Violins
  • 1 Brass & Woodwind Room
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CLASSES & PROGRAMS

At Chasing Sound, we offer private music lessons, which last 30 to 60 minutes per session. The one-on-one instrumental class is an excellent way to introduce you to the instrument. We will match students with the right teacher to help them with learning an instrument from the start; or for those who wish to take their learning further, the teacher will work with you to achieve your goal in your learning. Lessons are on a weekly schedule and are aimed to be fun, engaging and challenging.

Chasing Sound Music School has a vast selection of popular instrumental classes:

Chasing Sound also organises annual performances which offer a chance for parents, family and friends to witness student displays of the progress made during lessons at Chasing Sound. These events allow an enjoyable celebration of accomplishments for students, teachers and the audience — a chance for us all to share the joy of music with our community.

For more specific details regarding instrumental lessons please click the link above.

Private Lessons (School-Age)
Private Lessons (Adults)
End-Of-Year Recital at Chasing Sound

FEES, POLICIES & EXAMS

LESSONS FEES & ENROLMENT

All lessons are one-on-one private lessons for 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Lessons are $30 per 30 mins, $45 per 45 mins and $60 per 60 mins. CSMS also offers a range of performance ensembles to students who wish to perform and play in a group. We are more than happy to talk to you about the terms and conditions associated with these, so please call us.

Booking Lessons are over the phone, via email or in person. The first lesson deposit must be paid before the lesson is booked in our system. This payment can be made over the phone or you can come into the shop before your lesson day. Once you are happy with your first lesson and wish to continue your enrolment, we will collect your name, address, contact details, email and hold your credit card on file.

Students will have options to pay monthly (calendar’s month) or by school term (fixed by the numbers of weeks per school term). All lessons are paid in advance.

Private Instrument selections:

  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Drums
  • Guitar (acoustic, classical or electric)
  • Violin – Viola – Cello – Double Bass
  • Trumpet – Trombone
  • Flute – Clarinet – Saxophone

SCHOOL POLICIES

Working together and Cancelling lessons

• Cancellations for lessons must occur before 10am on the day (Monday-Friday) of the lesson or lessons are charged. Notify Chasing Sound by calling/texting 0402 568 938 or emailing us.
• Cancellations for lessons must occur before 8am on the day (Saturday) of the lesson or lessons are charged. Notify Chasing Sound by calling/texting 0402 568 938 or emailing us.
• Students should be aware that they are required to keep track of lessons missed and cancellations. If they feel there is a discrepancy but are unable to provide evidence they will be required to pay any outstanding amount.
• Keeping personal details up to date: it is the student’s responsibility to inform Chasing Sound of any change of details that effect payment or their ability to attend lessons.

Lesson Details

• If the student is late they have the option of completing the remainder of the lesson time or elect to miss the sessions entirely but the lesson is still charged.
• If the student is away or cancels a lesson within the cancellation time they are not charged and lessons carry over to the following week.
• Chasing Sound is committed to finding a lesson time-slot that suits all parties involved however please be aware that teachers reserve the right to move a student’s lesson time during the year.
• For a student that receives fortnightly lessons, Chasing Sound and the teacher maintain the right to move their time to facilitate the avoidance of empty time-slots within teaching schedules.
• If the teacher is absent for any reason a Substitute will be organised. This initiative has been positively received by existing students at Chasing Sound.
• If the student is to be absent for an extended period of time, they must contact the School and should be aware that their lesson time-slot may not remain available upon their return.

AMEB EXAMS

‘The Australian Music Examinations Board offers syllabuses and graded exams for a wide range of musical instruments, music theory, singing, speech and drama.

The benchmark for musical assessment in Australia, AMEB qualifications provide internationally recognised levels of achievement in music from beginner through to higher grades, and on to diploma level’. 

At CSMS you can choose to study your instrument to complete the different levels of AMEB Exams. CSMS will provide the teacher, organise your tuition books and book your exams. After completion, you’ll receive an internationally recognised qualification on your instrument.

  • CSMS provides teachers that have passed level 8 AMEB
  • CSMS is a registered school with the AMEB board
  • CSMS will organise accompanists if required
  • Receive internationally recognised qualifications

For more information, visit the AMEB Website or visit us for a consultation.

HIRE INSTRUMENTS

We understand that learning a new instrument can be difficult and costly. In addition, most parents would like to trial instruments and gauge interest and suitability for their child before they buy. Please speak to us about hiring, particularly if your child has varied interests and is yet to settle on their instrument. 

Hire Form (Admin Only)

Chasing Sound has a number of different instruments for hire so please call us at the School if you require this service.
0402 568 938

RETAIL STORE & OTHER SERVICES

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Chasing Sound is the place to go for all your music needs! We supply a variety of music resources and equipment and can arrange special orders as needed. Stock is updated and constantly evolves to suit the requirements of our students and community. The following can be found at the School:

  • AMEB Grade Books
  • Music Method Books
  • Instrument Method Books
  • Guitar Strings
  • Guitar Picks
  • Clarinet & Saxophone Reeds
  • Valve Oil & Slide Grease
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Chasing Sound is a diverse organisation, with many other services on offer outside music tuition. The following can be facilitated by the School:

  • Instrument Repair
  • Instrument Hire
  • AMEB Accompanists for Hire

External Administration Services

Are you a Sessional Music Tutor who must organise their own invoicing and more? Chasing Sound can handle these matters on your behalf including the collection of fees as well as processing exam enrolments and organising accompanist rehearsals.

Musical Pathway Advice for Students & Parents

Looking to sit AMEB exams or undertake VCE Music? Our expert team are more than happy to consult with you about these pathways.

FAQ

How do I schedule lessons?

We schedule lessons over the phone at 0402 568 938 or in person at the School.

Do lessons happen during the School Holidays?

Along with ensemble rehearsals and other programs, private lessons continue through the term breaks. However, the School does close over the Christmas and New Year period.

Can I hire an instrument?

Yes! Chasing Sound has instrument hire available for guitar and violin. There are also other arrangements that can be made depending on the instrument you wish to hire. Please be sure to mention this when you call or visit to enrol.

As a parent, can I accompany my child in their lessons?

Absolutely! At Chasing Sound we encourage parent involvement within the lesson and also helping to maintain positive practice routines at home.

What happens in lessons?

At Chasing Sound, we place priority on engagement and achievable progress. Students are provided a personalised interest-based curriculum that has a structured underpinning in the broader elements of musicianship.

Do you have another question?

Contact us via 0402 568 938

CALENDAR 2018/2019

SEPT 28 & 29
CSMS closed for the Grand Final Day Holiday.
NOV 5 & 6
CSMS closed for Melbourne Cup.
DEC 16
CSMS End-Of-Year Recital (TBC).
DEC 17
CSMS closes for the Christmas/New Year Period.
JAN 14
CSMS opens for 2019.
JAN 26 & 28
CSMS closed for the Australia Day Holiday.
FEB 3
CBP Instrument Allocation Day (TBC).
MAR 11
CSMS closed for the Labour Day Holiday.
APR 19-22
CSMS closed the Easter Weekend.
APR 25
CSMS closed for the ANZAC Day Holiday.
JUNE 10
CSMS closed for the Queen's Birthday Holiday.
JUNE 21
CSMS Showcase Performance (TBC).
  • Term 1 Jan 30 - March 29
  • Term 2 April 16 - June 29
  • Term 3 July 16 - September 21
  • Term 4 October 10 - December 21

CONTACT US

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