Enrolment Info

What to know before you enrol.

Enrolling for music lessons is different for everyone. Here's a selection of things you need to know and what you should consider before you start lessons at Chasing Sound. 

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The dot points below are a short summary. You should scroll down further and continue to read the enrolment information before committing to lessons. There is also a link to fees and policies.  

  • We don’t book lessons without taking a deposit via credit card over the phone or in person. There are no invoices sent for trial bookings. 

  • We don’t hold lesson spots without a deposit. 

  • You must book a minimum of 3-4 lessons as a trial. We don’t book single-trial lessons. 

  • After the trial period, payments are by term in advance or direct debit. 

  • Have a list of times and days that suit you before trying to arrange lessons - this will speed up the process of booking and getting a spot. 

  • Please consider that you might also need to hire/purchase an instrument and some print music books.

Enrolling for Music Lessons at Chasing Sound

What you need to do before we get started.

Every new student starts a trial period of between 3-4 lessons (paid in advance) so that students can determine whether the day, time and tutor suits. Chasing Sound does not book one or two lesson trials. At the end of this 3-4 lesson trial period, term payment or monthly direct debit can be set up to secure the lesson spot moving forward. Be aware that any potential lesson spots communicated to you may fill up if you delay enrolling - we don’t advertise and there’s always a pretty hefty waiting list. 

If you’re keen to call us up and enquire, best to think about a few things first:

What days are you able to attend?
Avoid clashes with other activities, suss getting here in time after school or forecasting ahead your work commitments. If you can’t make the same day and time every week for a lesson with us, best to look elsewhere for help with your musical journey. 

Sometimes you might have a certain day/time in mind (weeknights at 4pm seem to be the most coveted spot!) but find that when you call, we don’t have any openings that match this. We recommend trying to find a day and a time regardless, as the schedule does move around and it’s much easier to get you into your prized lesson time if you’re already learning with us.
 

Are you ready to start now?

When you chat with us, we’ll have a look at the schedule and see where we can fit you and match what you’re looking for musically with one of our terrific tutors. In order to begin your trial period with us though, we need to take a deposit. We can do this over the phone (have your credit card handy - no payment means no booking) or in person at the Studio. 

We don't offer free trial lessons, send tutors to the house and we can’t schedule you in without taking a deposit. 

How do lessons work at Chasing Sound?
Lessons are scheduled weekly, run for 30 minutes and are one-on-one. There are a variety of instruments available and a team of tutors here from Monday - Saturday. Check our opening hours for times. 

Lessons run throughout the school terms (except for public holidays) and the retail store is here for your instrument, music and equipment needs. There are no regular lessons during the school holiday periods but there are ensemble programs and workshops. 

We encourage parents to sit in with students in their lessons as this will aid practice at home. Feel free to chat to our tutors about student progress and inform us of any particular musical ambitions. We use an online Student Portal for resources and lesson notes. Students should also have instruments and equipment at home to enable practice before and during lesson. Check out our Music Shop if you need to purchase music equipment. 

Online Lessons 

Chasing Sound can also accommodate online lessons. Online lessons are ideal if you are not feeling the best, having trouble getting to the lesson from work, feel like staying in or you travel for a job. Online is quick, simple and a great way to stay in touch with the tutor. It's all managed through our Student Portal where your lessons and student resources are kept. 

What about absences and accounts?
Be aware that unless you notify us of a lesson absence the day before, the lesson you will be charged. If you provide notice, the lesson will not be charged and that fee will carry over. Notify us by calling 8317 1086 or emailing us.  You’ll also receive SMS lesson reminders - though this is an automated number that you should not reply to

At Chasing Sound, students are invoiced in advance for the term (generally a 10 week period). If you cease lessons with us, these fees are reimbursed but there's an administration fee. If you’re looking to enrol a few of your kids, or keen to learn more than one instrument yourself, have a chat to the Admin Team. 

Adult Students at Chasing Sound 

It's never too late to start learning music!

We've got lots of adult students here at Chasing Sound and a bunch of varying reasons as to why they enrolled in music lessons. We know it can take a lot of courage to get started, which is why the trial period is a great way to dip your toe in. If you've learnt before, bring in your previous material, but if you're brand new, make sure you've sussed an instrument for home practice and you've got some goals in mind. Be kind to yourself, too - go slow at the start and concentrate on coming to lessons regularly and getting small amounts of practice in. These are the building blocks to enjoying your lessons. 

What should I expect in the first lesson?

Try to arrive a little before your scheduled start time and come over to the Admin Desk and say hello. Whether you have learned music before or not, our first lesson will be where tutors suss your interests and aims. Together, you’ll set some goals and take your first easy, steady and fun steps.

High School Students at Chasing Sound 

Join a band, start your own or challenge yourself with Music Exams. 

High School students should bring their music from school if they are in an ensemble or band. If you're doing VCE music we can help shape your performance and improve your theory. If you're just beginning your musical journey, the trial period will get you set up for a wonderful pathway. Just remember if you're coming to your lesson straight from school, you might need to bring your instrument with you in the morning. We look forward to supporting you when you're having music lessons at Chasing Sound. 

What should I expect in the first lesson?

Try to arrive a little before your scheduled start time and come over to the Admin Desk and say hello. Whether you have learned music before or not, our first lesson will be where tutors suss your interests and aims. Together, you’ll set some goals and take your first easy, steady and fun steps.

Primary School Students at Chasing Sound 

Primary school is a great time to start lessons. Ideally, you are 6 years or older.

Primary School is the ideal time to start music lessons and work on the habits that will mature you into a good musician and student. We recommend parents sit in on the first few lessons during the trial period and occasionally after that so they're keeping a pulse on what's happening. Getting involved in this way early on is best - primary school students need support to build good habits while learning something new. Plus, parents can help with practice at home. The tutors at Chasing Sound keep lesson notes on the Student Portal that all parents and students can read and work through together. 

What should I expect in the first lesson?

Try to arrive a little before your scheduled start time and come over to the Admin Desk and say hello. Whether you have learned music before or not, our first lesson will be where tutors suss your interests and aims. Together, you’ll set some goals and take your first easy, steady and fun steps.