I have over 18 years experience as a professional musician, 14 of which have been spent developing my approach and philosophy towards teaching music. This has grown from positions in music schools, primary and secondary schools as well as my private practice covering a range of students from ages 4 to 50 plus. It has included teaching in group situations, taking ensembles and school bands and tutoring students with learning and developmental difficulties.
My teaching practice is focussed around lessons being tailored specifically to suit each students needs. I am a firm believer in the fact that every student will require a different approach in order to maximise his/her potential. Lesson plans are developed according to the students age, skill set, previous experience and personal aims and augmented to suit as the student progresses through the material. I encourage self assessment at all times and my lessons are designed to give students the skills to accomplish this so that they may use their practice time more efficiently.
My professional practice has seen me touring with bands such as The Tiger and Me, Willow and Lime Cordiale as well as freelance and session work for numerous artists both in Victoria and New South Wales. Besides this I am an active composer and bandleader with my own sextet and trio. My experience as a composer has strengthened within me the need for drummers to be well rounded musicians with not only a comprehensive knowledge of rhythm but harmony as well. With this in mind I encourage all my students to learn basic harmony and piano skills but do not pursue it as a necessity.
My teaching studio is located at 91 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda and is fitted out with top of the line acoustic drum kits as well as recording equipment, a keyboard and piles of teaching materials. I am also available for house visits in the surrounding areas of Belgrave, Kallista, Sherbrooke, Sassafras and Monbulk.
Rates are $35 per half hour and $60 per hour. Home visit rates can vary with distance so please contact me for more information.