Welcome to Chicks with Picks Melbourne


Chicks with Picks Melbourne is a music teaching business run by Helen Begley from Melbourne.

She is dedicated to teaching women and girls to play ukulele, guitar and write songs to share at gigs, community festivals and social strumming occasions. Honorary Chicks (Blokes) welcome!

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ENROL NOW for 2021!


Chicks with Picks Melbourne offers guitar, ukulele and songwriting lessons live and online. If you’re stuck at home looking at that neglected instrument in the corner and thinking, it might be time to while away some hours learning to strum some songs, drop us a line at chickswithpicksmelbourne@gmail.com.  We’re here to get you picking and strumming to your favourite songs from the comfort of your own home or live in the studio. Now you can learn from anywhere in world.


Guitars Forever. Jenny Barrett, 2019

Guitars Forever. Jenny Barrett, 2019 I’m currently enjoying a Chicks with Picks time, but I first heard guitar at home in the 1950s when I was just 4 years old. I was transported by the sounds. My mother, Alice, had played electric guitar in dance bands and at parties...

Melbourne Ukulele Festival

We are excited to announce that we will be playing at the Melbourne Ukulele Festival on Saturday 14th March. We will be presenting a performance at 3.30pm. Then at 4.15pm we will invite everyone to join us for a Jam session. Bring your ukulele to play along with us!...

End of Year Jam Sessions- All Welcome!

Chicks with Picks Melbourne are pleased to open our doors to newcomers and those thinking about learning ukulele or guitar in a fun and supportive learning environment with other music loving women. Beginners to advanced welcome. It’s fun, it’s friendly and it’s free!...

It’s busking time at Ceres Sunday Market.

Chicks with Picks Melbourne Junior students are getting very excited! It’s busking time at Ceres Sunday Market. Junior students look forward to this event every year. They get to share what they’ve learnt over the last few months, contribute to the atmosphere of a...