Chasing Sound teaches brass and woodwind which are the backbone of many schools and community bands in the local area of Footscray, Melbourne. They are fun to learn and a pleasure to play as they involve many different styles of music. At Chasing Sound we provide Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet & Trombone Lessons. If you’re interested in learning to play a brass or woodwind instrument, book your lesson today. Contact us!
BRASS & WOODWIND – FOUNDATION PHASE
Students learn the fundamentals of playing technique and reading notation. This includes correct posture and practical technique. Students are introduced to reading music notes, as well as counting rhythms and learning basic symbols. They work on learning how to practice effectively and develop routines to support their progress. If students have some experience on the instrument already, these elements of their musicianship are refined. This phase allows students to see if they enjoy the instrument and find out if they are compatible with their teacher. Music lessons are a commitment so above all this phase can show how well students can incorporate lessons and practice into their lifestyle.
BRASS & WOODWIND – STREAMS PHASE
Students can sit The Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) music qualifications. This AMEB STREAM covers Preliminary-Grade 8 and above and similarly the Music Theory exams in the later levels. These exams are a terrific way for students to excel and further develop their general musical skills. The exam is mostly practical (playing scales and pieces on their instrument). Students will find that listening, general knowledge and sight-reading skills are also covered. AMEB students receive comments from an examiner and a certificate upon completion. AMEB exams take place in Hawthorn. Costs incurred include exam enrolment and AMEB print materials.
Classical/School Repertoire Stream
Students who elect to do the CLASSICAL STREAM work on repertoire by classical composers. They build on the technique they developed in the FOUNDATION phase and also increase their range and rhythmic comprehension. Students learn about playing in time, develop an understanding of various symbols as well as improve their theoretical and aural awareness.
If they are already playing instruments in their school programs students will participate in a slightly different FOUNDATION phase before working on their repertoire. This could include learning songs for upcoming concerts and supporting students in VCE Music.
Students who elect to do the CONTEMPORARY STREAM work on one of the following various styles: Pop, Rock & Film Music. They build on the technique they developed in the FOUNDATION phase and develop an understanding of the symbols, markings and techniques to playing within the specific style. Students are also encouraged to learn about different artists within the style and expand their skills.
Jazz Stream (Brass Only)
Students who elect to do the JAZZ STREAM build on the technique they developed in the FOUNDATION phase and develop an understanding of the symbols, markings and techniques to playing within jazz. Students learn about different Jazz artists as well as improve their relevant theoretical and aural awareness.
BRASS & WOODWIND – PERFORMANCE PHASE
Students perform pieces they have worked on in the previous STREAM phase or similarly new pieces from the same style as a soloist. Students learn how to plan chunked practice as they move towards the performance. This might include problem-solving as well as progression points. With their teachers, students talk about managing nerves, improving concentration and furthermore their growth as performers. Students perform publicly at Chasing Sound events or are recorded in lessons — a product of the phase.
BRASS & WOODWIND – SPECIALISATION PHASE
Students can revisit and expand upon a style they worked through in the earlier STREAMS phase. Alternatively, they can take a creative step forward into song-writing, composition or improvisation. This stream allows a student to consolidate the work they have done in the previous phases. Students would not be able to transition into this phase without having done the others in order.
BRASS & WOODWIND – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING PHASE
Students are empowered with the relevant skills, stylistic understanding and self-awareness musically to direct their own musical pathways. They do so with the support of their Chasing Sound Music School teacher and community.