Workshop participants require no musical experience just a love of music and a desire to benefit from working in a group. Everyone has a unique story to tell and their own personality and talents to celebrate. Our motto is ‘writing songs, creating community’.
Workshop facilitator Tom Smith has experience running programs in Community Centres, Schools, Indigenous Communities, with Youth at Risk, Homeless, in Mental Health, Seniors, People with Disability, people from non-English speaking backgrounds and other marginalised people.
Whoopee-Do Crew has a performance group made up of participants from workshops that run regularly in a number of different community settings. Participants from workshops in different locations have the opportunity to come together to give public performances. We are very welcoming to new members.
Tom’s interest is students who are disengaged or who have learning/social challenges or disabilities. Tom uses songwriting to help students identify strengths and as a building block for positive goal setting. He is always keen to link workshops to pre-existing school programs or initiatives. The process of putting a story into a song strengthens the idea that life is a story which changes all the time and which we have control over.