Melbourne Drumming Academy

  • VCE Music (Drums) with A+ exam result
  • AMEB CPM Stage 3 Drum Exam
  • ANZCA Stage 1 and 2 drum exam

​Melbourne Drumming Academy services Mernda/Doreen/Whittlesea and surrounding suburbs but also welcomes clients from all over Melbourne. In person lessons are taught by our Principal drum teacher: Christian Nativo based in the suburb of Mernda. Online multi-camera angle drum lessons, coaching and mentoring is also available using Zoom.

Christian builds a completely customised curriculum based around the student’s strengths as well as addressing areas for improvement while maintaining a fun and engaging drumming program.

He uses many different teaching methods depending on the student's learning style (including his own proprietary drumming syllabus) as well as implementing all relevant theory with a fun and positive twist. Christian also uses a diverse range of contemporary drum-less songs to assist students with developing the building blocks and fundamentals to then move on to playing in bands and ensembles. When appropriate, students also get to choose the songs that they learn. This is Christian's method for providing the most well rounded and inspiring learning outcomes for all students. 

Christian also offers exam opportunities through both ANZCA and AMEB Rock School organisations.  Exams are a fantastic way for students to consolidate their skills, build stagecraft and performance experience and further develop discipline/resilience.

Christian records audio sections of each lesson to send to students and/or parents to reference and facilitate home practice. Christian also sets weekly practice tasks for students in their Drumming Diary so each student knows exactly what and how to practice each week, guaranteeing maximum productivity. 

Each student's branded A4 Practice Diary also has a weekly practice log where students are able to record and monitor their practice to assist with accountability and motivation.

Some topics that Christian's drum lessons focus on are:

--Developing strong fundamentals and technique 

--Introduction to basic Rock Beats and Fills for beginners

--Developing timing and playing to a metronome 

--Learning how to play along with songs and stay in time

--Developing dynamics and then being able to implement dynamics in the student's playing

--Different Styles of music (Rock, Latin, Jazz, Country, Blues etc)

--Developing a strong drumming vocabulary that encourages the student to build their own sound


--Applying existing drumming skills into a real band situation (how to play for the song)

All students receive a free drumming method book, practice diary and a free pair of drumsticks upon enrolling ($60 value)

(Valid Working with Children Check and trained in current Victoria's Child Safe Standards and best practice Covid Safe Plans)

Mernda, VIC
Doreen, VIC
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Whittlesea, VIC
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Mill Park, VIC
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Hurstbridge, VIC
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Details last updated: February 3, 2023