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Chris Quinlan f.dip.a

General Details

fellowship diploma for composition (f.dip.a)

Chris Quinlan is host of the award winning television show “Melbourne Musos – The Drum Show”, one of the longest running musical education shows on free to air Australian TV.

He was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2013 and in 2015 was listed on Modern Drummer Magazine’s exclusive International Drummers Register, as well as making appearances on the American Cable Television Show “Drum Talk TV”.

Chris is also the creator of the M.M.D.C. ... the Melbourne Musos Drumset Curriculum, written in 1995, it was the first syllabus of its kind for the Drumset in Australasia.

The Curriculum has been used throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia and covers Preliminary Grades through to Performer Diplomas equivalent to Tertiary and Post Graduate Levels. It is tried tested, proven.

The syllabus has been endorsed by drumming greats Dom Famularo, Billy Cobham and The Percussive Arts Society.

Chris has played professionally since the 1970’s, having grown up surrounded with the Irish folk music being played in his father’s hotel. For most of the late 70’s, he was a part of the Melbourne Jazz Scene, carving out a life as the typical starving muso! He started teaching in 1978.

He has been the Lead drummer for the City of Essendon Brass Band (1989-94) which required strong reading and technical skills.

As leader of “The Instrumentaale” (1995-99) playing the technically demanding music of Frank Zappa, Chris had the opportunity to play and guest with many local and international musicians which included performances nationally and internationally.

With the “Melbourne Musos TV Show (The Drum Show)” and his writings for Beat and Mixdown Magazines, Chris has interviewed acclaimed musicians such as Terry Bozzio, Dom Famularo, Billy Cobham, Denis Chambers, Steve Smith, Chad Wackerman, David Jones, Virgil Donati as well as members of Jethro Tull, Alice Cooper and Frank Zappa bands.

Having taught Drums and Guitar since 1978, he has seen many of his students become established musicians and qualified teachers in their own right. Many are currently advertising on this website.

Chris has been teaching from his Seabrook based teaching/recording studio since 1996, where he produces his TV Show, with many excerpts, clips and full episodes available on his website and YouTube (

All styles of music are taught with patience, humour and an attention to detail.

All books written by Chris are provided inclusive of tuition fees.

As of 2018, Chris is drumming with the “Riff Raiders” who have been playing regularly in support of their 2017 album release “Live Like You Mean It”.

Chris is endorsed by DW Drums, Meinl Cymbals, Evans Drumheads and ProMark Drumsticks.

These details were last updated on April 8, 2018