Current Queensland Programs

If you’d like to participate in one of our programs, please complete our online Participant Application form. (Prior registration is required for all Queensland programs) On receipt of the Application form, confirmation will be provided for the selected program/s where possible. All details relating to venue, time and dates will then be provided to confirmed participants.

Any enquiries regarding our Queensland programs can be forwarded to us by email (susan.gilmartin@schoolofhardknocks.org.au) or phone 0417 075 053.

All programs are held during regular school terms. Refer to chart below:

Term 1 commences the week of 29 January 2018 for 9 weeks. (8 weeks for choir and music theatre)
Term 2 commences the week of 16 April 2018 for 11 weeks.
Term 3 commences the week of 16 July 2018 for 10 weeks.
Term 4 commences the week of 8 October 2018 for 10 weeks.

Absolutely Everybody Brisbane Choir

In late 2017, the Absolutely Everybody Brisbane Choir made a stunning interstate debut, when they performed at Deakin Edge, Melbourne at a School of Hard Knocks concert. The choir is conducted by our much-loved musician, singer and conductor, Melissa Gill and accompanied by the talented Richard Thayil. The choir members look forward to welcoming new members to the group, who will quickly become part of a lovely group who enjoy singing and performing together. 
 
Melissa’s rehearsals are fun and interactive, with new skills being taught throughout the year. Opportunities to perform at exciting events during 2018 in major Brisbane venues are always on the cards.
Bonus! Enjoy a free and healthy lunch together after rehearsal.

The Choir sings a wide range of musical and vocal styles from current pop and rock to gospel, classical and music theatre. The arrangements are often in 2-3 part harmony, with a strong emphasis on building vocal range and technique along with performance confidence and skills.

‘I am looking forward to seeing you on Friday. I just want to let you know that I feel right at home with the choir – it is the best choir I can be a part of. I am so very happy.’ – Choir participant

‘I have never seen my client so animated and show such enjoyment – it makes me cry with happiness to see the change in her because of this first rehearsal with the choir. Thank you so much.’ – Support Worker

Rhythm of Life

Music Theatre workshops include movement, acting and singing – so participants can learn new skills or wow us with the talents you already have. Rehearsals are fun and interactive and are held at Common Ground, South Bank on a Friday afternoon.

With the wonderful performer and singer Jacqui Cuny at the helm this group is often fully booked as numbers are limited with this program.
Please complete an application form online to grab one of the last places for Term 1, 2018.
This dynamic group deliver fantastic performances and learn wonderful new skills along the way.

‘One little thing I learnt at Music Theatre last week, was worth a week’s worth of therapy.’ – Music Theatre participant

Word on the Street  

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The Creative Writing workshops are held on Tuesday afternoons at the State Library of Queensland at South Brisbane.

Word on the Street is a creative writing course that will help you find your voice on the page. Nothing will be left blank as we cover poetry, letters, short form writing, spoken word, and storytelling. This is your chance to work with our wonderful teacher David Stavanger and to tell your story your way or let loose with a pen and your wildest imagination.

Register online to be secure a spot in these popular workshops.

The Word on the Street program is a partnership between the School of Hard Knocks and State Library of Queensland.

‘Word on the Street is one thing that I really look forward to each week. My support worker has noticed a massive shift in my behaviour and is very happy to see me engaging in something positive.‘ – Word on the Street participant.                                   

StreetBeat

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StreetBeat is percussion with a difference. StreetBeat welcomes anyone who likes to make music, in particular percussion. Using buckets, bowls, cups and anything else we can find, we’ll have plenty of instruments for all attending.

Suited to all ages and abilities, the workshops will provide self-expression, participation and teamwork, whilst helping to develop coordination and focus.

Held on Wednesday mornings in South Brisbane, these workshops are taught by our talented program leader Darryl Bowers and participants will find their own inner rhythm and share in the joy of making music in a friendly and supportive environment.

‘It’s harder than it looks… and that’s a good thing!’ – StreetBeat participant