Hello! My name is Alex Barker, I'm a professional musician offering tuition, in-person and online, for drum kit and beginner guitar.
I'm excited to offer my services to anyone who would like to learn to play their favourite songs, learn the basics of an instrument, as well as those who wish to further their technique under the guidance of a Waapa-trained professional musician.
If you are interested in drum or guitar lessons for yourself, your child, a family member or friend, please hold the cursor over 'Services' and then click on 'Alex Barker Drum Tuition' for more information!
I started learning the guitar at age 9, but when I jumped on a kit for the first time at age 11, I was hooked.
I played right through high school in stage bands, original projects with my mates, and in my dads home recording studio.
After high school I began performing and touring up and down the east coast of Australia, all the while building Alex Barker Drum Tuition at home.
In 2012 I left behind my tuition business in Wollongong to undertake a Ba in Music Performance at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, which I completed in 2015.
Currently I am operating as a professional musician in and around Perth, and as a tutor at my home studio on Second Ave, Mt Lawley, as well as at primary schools in Thornlie and Kelmscott.
2015 - Ba in Contemporary Music Performance (Waapa).
2008 - Cert IV in Music Composition (TAFE, NSW).
2006 - HSC (Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts).
2005 - Received scholarship to study at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.
2017-ongoing - guitar tutor at Sacred Heart PS, Thornlie and Good Shepherd Catholic PS, Kelmscott.
2017-18 - drum tutor at St John's and St Dominic's PS through Keyed Up Music.
2016-19 - drum and guitar tutor at Kalamunda Music Academy.
2016-17 - drum tutor at Sound Centre, Morley.
2016 - drum tutor at St Helena's Catholic College, Ellenbrook.
2009-12 - drum tutor to 40+ private students as well as through St Mary's Star Of The Sea College, Corpus Christi Catholic High School, and tuition business The Music Bus (drums, guitar, keyboard) in NSW.
2009-12 - childcare worker for Big Fat Smile (formally Illawarra Children's Services), Wollongong NSW.
My career as a performer has taken me from venues in Coolum (QLD) to the famous Esplanade Hotel in Melbourne (VIC), supporting such artists as Dragon, The Whitlams, Guttermouth, NOFX, Illy, Phrase, GZA (Wu-Tang Clan), The Herd and Bliss N Eso to name a few.
You can see and hear two examples of my playing, here:
“Alex Barker has been a great addition to the Music Bus. He is a talented, passionate and enthusiastic teacher who is popular with the kids. Great to have him on board.” Fiona Sutton, CEO The Music Bus