Community Music
Studies have shown that making music as a part of a team is one of the most satisfying things in life.  Strong connections are made with people and music, and enhance health and emotional wellbeing. 
 
It's easy to get involved in one of our community groups at CocoSounds – just click on the enrol button,  fill out the form and come along! 
 
Our group sessions operate during the Victorian school terms. 
 
Cost-  $15 per session (you only pay for the sessions you attend)
Or purchase a class card-  6 sessions for $80 (equates to $13 per session) or 10 sessions for $125 (equates to $12.50 per session)
 
Class cards can be used for all CocoSounds group sessions.
 
Our address is below
 
   
Please contact Stella for further info.
    
    
Love the rumble of drums?  HanzOn Drumming  is a percussion group open to the community. Focusing on African and Latin rhythms and grooves, other areas and disciplines are touched on- sometimes by guest teachers!
Our doors are open for all ages and ability’s, the group whilst learning pieces also develop individual skills in hand drumming. You don’t need to own a drum- but if you do, bring it along.
Michael Evans-Barker leads Hanz On, Michael Evans-Barker is versatile musician, with over 30 years experience playing percussion and drum kit. Michael he has recorded and performed most recently with artists such as Steve Kilbey (the Church) and All India Radio, and is involved in many original music projects such as Afro-Beat exponents Papa Chango, his own jazz trio and dub quartet. Michael has been the musical director of the Australian Shakespeare Theatre Company, and has performed in a range of settings, either on the drum kit or percussion Australia wide.
 
The group meets on Thursday nights from 6-7pm
(during the Victorian school terms)
 
The members of this group have a relatively wide range of skill levels and so it’s a great opportunity for people to develop their drumming and percussion skills whilst enjoying the camaraderie of playing with a large, varied group.
 
Attendance is casual- come when you can and pay only for those sessions you attend. The group has regular public performances, though attendance at performances is not compulsory.
    
The Thursday Night Choir is a true community choir. There are no auditions and no experience is necessary to join.  There are no rules on attendance, you come when you can and you only pay for the times that you are there. The Thursday Night Choir focuses on developing your harmony and rhythmic skills and of course having fun. We sing songs from around the world and of course our own backyard, in a relaxed atmosphere. You don't need to have done it before or even like the sound of your own voice! Come and join in on the fun...

The group meets on Thursday nights from 7-8pm
(during the Victorian school terms)

 
This group’s material ranges from world, gospel, traditional and contemporary music and is primarily a cappella but we do encourage Ukelele players to bring their axes. From time to time we have special guests come in and work with the choir and  other singing opportunities given to the group to make this even more fun.
If you believe the Thursday Night Choir is for you, turn up on any Thursday during the school term and have a go!
Attendance is casual- come when you can and pay only for those sessions you attend. The  group has regular public performances, though attendance at performances is not compulsory.
Meet The Team

Stella Savy

Mary Card

Michael Evans-Barker

Paige Duggan

Hanz On/ TNC

TNC

Hanz On

TNC

Stella has been a vocal coach for over 15 years, including teaching voice (The Alexander Technique) at Ballarat University, conducting groups such as Sweet Mona’s Choir, the Mini Mona’s Choir and Vocalise Thursday Night Community Choir. Stella was co-director/conductor for Boite’s Melbourne Millennium Chorus 2011- Freedom Road and wrote and co-directed/conducted 2013- Coco de Mer.
Mary has been singing locally for several years. She sings in Sweet Mona’s Choir and conducts and sings with the Thursday Night Choir. She has worked with the Mini Mona’s children’s choir for many years and also teaches classroom music in several primary schools around Ballarat.
Michael studied music education at Melbourne University, and has over 20 years of teaching experience, teaching percussion and drum kit at many schools such as Carey Baptist Grammar and Caulfield Grammar School. In 2009 Michael moved to Ballarat, and now teaches at Ballarat Grammar School, St Patrick’s College and The Hamilton and Alexandra College.
Michael Evans-Barker is versatile musician, with over 30 years experience playing percussion and drum kit. 
Paige has been performing professionally for over 15 years from the time she started writing her own songs for voice and guitar.  Paige learnt a wide variety of musical instruments growing up. Over the years Paige's professional music experience has been extensive: Performing as a solo artist with her originals, jazz standards and 'interpretation of contemporary' songs as well as a vocalist in jazz and blues groups, the front woman of former originals funk band 'Paige Five', hip-hop with local and nationally recognised MCs as well as various choirs and specialist choral groups.
Where are we?
All of our community music sessions are held at
 
 
Ballarat Welcome Centre
25-39 Barkly Street, Ballarat VIC 3350

 
 
Postal Address
Po Box 139, 
Ballarat, Vic, 3353.