Chasing Sound Est. 2015
Chasing Sound is a locally-owned and operated Music Hub. We're a proud fixture of Barkly Street Footscray and offer private instrumental tuition to students 6 years old and up, as well as performance opportunities, School Holiday Workshops and Ensemble Programs. We've constructed a specialised facility with teaching studios, social areas, retail provision and a performance space. We also develop resources, content and Programs that reflect the musical needs of our region.
Through our Programs, Chasing Sound provides consistency, transparency and clear musical pathways. We also advocate for stronger regulation in our industry and seek to create structured and sustainable employment opportunities for trained music educators. Chasing Sound acts as connective tissue with local community ensembles, organisations, businesses and schools, supporting musicianship across all tiers. Our pillars include innovating and investing in access to quality education, fostering wellbeing and community, as well as generating industry change.
See below for a photo history of Chasing Sound and our growth on Barkly Street Footscray. The local community is the life blood of the culture and music environment we have today.
184A Barkly St Footscray
In 2016, Emmet Brazil became Director of Chasing Sound, originally based at 184A Barkly Street. 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 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 Studio quickly grew in enrolments and now boasts a large number of tutors, ensembles and various programs to broaden the musical experiences and opportunities of students.
Fitting Out & the Big Move
Level 1, 199-201 Barkly St Footscray
2018 - Present
The fit out of Chasing Sound was a labour of love! We wanted to make sure we had a place where students could access music and get the materials and equipment they need for their learning. From fittings to fixtures, it has been quite a journey. Chasing Sound has been taliored from start to... well, whenever we finish.
Things are changing all the time, in small, sometimes unnoticeable ways. The community of students, parents and general public have witnessed this slow growth in the background first-hand. Sometimes these often-visiting folks don't notice a new addition straight away, but before long, are pointing out five or six changes!
It's important that everything in our space is handmade or hand-picked. All of the stuff, from the floorboards to the drum-kit chandelier contributes to the culture and vibe we've created as a proud part of iconic Barkly Street.
Level 1, 199-201 Barkly St Footscray - the place for all your music education and retail needs.
Facilities and Retail Space
This purpose-built space includes eight tuition rooms, each equipped with instruments, noise-cancelling sound-boards, music stands and more.
There are three acoustic piano rooms, two guitar rooms with nylon, electric and semi-acoustic guitars, a string room with double bass, cello and violins, as well as a brass & woodwind room. Our drum room is the largest and features two kits side-by-side for teaching and jamming.
Our Admin Team can be found hard at work in their little office space or behind the display desk. Our Studio walls are littered with retail stock, commemorative posters and handy hints.
We've got a performance space, bookshelves full of terrific print material, plenty of room for waiting parents and a very popular deck of cards or two.