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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-own and operating hub for all things music education. The School is a proud fixture of Barkly Street, Footscray and strives to cultivate a level of excellence for students of music and a source of information for the wider community. The Studio offers private instrumental tuition to all ages, ensemble pathways and group classes aimed at kindergarten-aged children. Chasing Sound holds annual Recitals and provides various other performance opportunities throughout the year at local community festivals.

Chasing Sound is passionate about the philosophy of music education, the advancement of young musicians, the formalisation of musical pathways, the diversification of local businesses and the continued development of engaging curriculum. It is the goal of the Studio to act as a communal hub; increasing collaboration, engagement and equitable access to music within the Western Suburbs of Melbourne by sharing our love of music with our broader community.

History of School

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Passionate about performing, music education and curriculum, encouraging community collaboration and facilitating excellence, Emmet Brazil assumed control of the Studio premises at 184A Barkly Street, Footscray in 2016. Along with his wife Trang, he worked diligently and enthusiastically to create a Studio 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.

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. The Studio contains following rooms:

  • 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 programs, 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 organizes annual end of year recital. The recital is a good chance for parents to see their children’s results after spending time at Chasing Sound. It is also an opportunity for all students bringing their family in to have a good time, seeing their loved ones on the stage for a few minutes, getting rewarded and saying thanks to the teachers. Proven successful in the year 2017, Chasing Sound is looking to deliver well prepared recital every year, and potentially mid-year recital for bands, which are formed by students who are at more advanced levels.

For more details regarding instrumental lessons, please click above each class link

Private one on one lessons
Lessons for adults are available at Chasing Sound
Year end 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 or via email. 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:

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

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 lesson 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 Studio 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’ (ameb.unimelb.edu.au)

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 registed school with the AMEB board
  • CSMS will organise accompanists if required
  • Receive international recongised qualifications

HIRE INSTRUMENTS

Chasing Sound has a number of different instruments for hire,
we understand that starting an instrument can be a difficult and costly beginning.
In addition, we also know that most parents would like to try before they buy.

If you need to hire an instrument please call us at the studio 
0402 568 938

RETAIL STORE & OTHER SERVICE

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Chasing Sound is the place to go for your tuition needs but 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. The following can be found at the Studio:

  • 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 or offered by the Studio:

  • Instrument Repair
  • Instrument Hire
  • AMEB Accompanists for Hire

External Administration Services for Sessional Music Tutors: collection of fees and processing exam enrolments and accompanist rehearsal.

Musical Pathway Advice for Students & Parents: VCE Music, AMEB Enrolment, Music.

FAQ

How do I schedule lessons?

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

Do lessons happen during the School Holidays?

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

Can I hire an instrument?

Yes! Chasing Sound has instrument hire available for guitar and violin. Please be sure to mention this when you call 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 practice 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.

You have another question?

Contact us via 0402 568 938

CALENDAR 2018

JAN 15
Studio opens for 2018
JAN 21
East Meets West, Luna New Year Festival
JAN 26
CSMS closed for Australia Day
FEB 18
Yarraville Festival
FEB 25
Moonee Valley Festival
MAR 12
CSMS closed for Labour Day
MARCH 30 - APRIL 2
CSMS closed for Easter Weekend
MAR 26
West Footscray Festival of Colours
APRIL 25
CSMS closed for ANZAC Day
MAY 20
Emerge in the West
JUNE 11
CSMS closed for Queen’s Birthday
JUNE 24
Mid-Year Recital (Advanced)
DEC 16
End-of-Year Recital (Everyone)
DEC 17 - JAN 13
CSMS closed.
Stony Creek Music Festival (Crookshank Park)
  • 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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