The Perth Music Scene
The beautiful, warm and sleepy city of Perth has, perhaps unsurpirisingly, brought the world some of the freshest and most innovative rock acts in recent years. Acts such as Tame Impala, Jebediah, Pendulum, The Sleepy Jackson, Birds of Tokyo and Karnivool and originate from the largest city on Australia's West Coast.
All these acts boast impressive use of the drum kit, drum machines and percussion within their music.
If you want to join the ranks of Perth rock royalty, then perhaps the correct move is to find yourself a drum teacher/mentor to take you there. Trust me, as we'll explore in this article, with Perth as your base you are definitely in the right place to learn drums!
Why learn the drums?
Did you know that regular drumming significantly reduces stress?
A study by the University of Oxford psychologist Robin Dunbar, from 2012, found that a drummer experienced a higher level of endorphins than other musicians after playing their instrument for only 30 minutes. Endorphins are the same hormones that are responsible for the runner's high and trigger a feeling of well being or euphoria.
Furthermore, drumming is also extremely useful in developing cognitive sharpness and fosters greater brain productivity and health.
Learning new rhythms and forcing the coordinated use of both hands helps to develop the hippocampus which is responsible for learning and memory. The bigger the hippocampus, the less chance you have of suffering the mental effects of aging and dementia.
If you need any more reasons, consider the implications for your physical health as well! When you think about it, drumming is essentially a whole-body activity.
Research suggests that an hour of vigorous drumming can burn up to 600 calories — all of this also leading to reductions in blood pressure, stress and chronic pain, and an increase in immunity.
Drumming schools in Perth
West Coast Music School
West Coast Music School is all about pairing aspiring drumming students with a teacher/mentor who is compatible with their learning style, goals, abilities and personality. WCMS aims to create synergetic teams of teachers and students by identifying students learning style very early on. This innovative approach means that students with a wide variety of goals, such as performing AMEB exams or simply learning how to jam, will be able to have lessons which are perfectly tailored to their ambitions. This school is located in Joondalup. Head over to their website to contact them by phone or email!
John Trotter Drums
This drum school was established in 2004 and has since inspired and taught a long list of top drummers. According to their website:
"The whole idea is to make the lessons FUN, whatever the level or age. Not everyone wants to be the best drummer in the World or a professional, for most it’s a hobby with family and friends. However, if it’s technique you’re after then we can happily “Paradiddle the night away!!” Above all the lessons are structured to the individual needs and requests of the student, it’s your call."
Their studio is located in Kinross and they will gladly offer their years of experience in teaching and tuition to students of all ages and abilities.
Lanzon Drum School
Lanzon Drum School specialises in teaching all things drums and percussion. The school was founded by local Perth drummer Ben Lanzon but has since grown to include other teachers who have experience teaching both beginner and advanced students. They have developed their own unique syllabus, which you can read about in the student testimonials section of their website.
The best thing is, you can book your first lesson free!
Perth Drum Lessons
Perth Drum Lessons build their students knowledge up around three main domains. Rudiments, book material, and improvisation. Building proficiency in these three categories is the first step from beginner to advanced drummer.
The teacher is Marcus Davidson, who has over 17 years of performance experience and over 8 years of teaching experience.
Take his program to get the skills that will allow you to play with any band, anywhere!
Private drumming lessons in Perth
One of the best ways to find a private tutor for drumming or any other skill for that matter is Superprof!
Superprof is a tutoring website that allows would-be students of any skill to search a catalogue of private tutors and contact the one who they think will be great for them. You can do this with piano lessons, bass guitar lessons or acoustic guitar lessons. Just search your query on Superprof’s website and you will find many results from your local area.
To contact your tutor and book a lesson, you will have to pay Superprof’s $39 monthly subscription fee. This gives you access to the contact details of as many teachers as you wish to get in touch with for one full month.
Many tutors offer their first lesson for free. This allows you to get to know them, invite them into your home (online or face-to-face) and see if they are the right tutor to teach you going forward.
Superprof is a fun, secure and cost-effective way to take a class in just about anything!
This popular sales platform is not only about buying and selling products; many people, including drum teachers, advertise their services here as well.
You will find the bigger schools and studios here, but you may also find your ideal Perth based teacher right here.
Music teachers online
In the current climate, online lessons are becoming more commonplace as people seek ways to learn from the comfort of their own homes.
The greatest benefit is, of course, that you and your drumming teacher do not need to be in the same region, let alone the same country, to have successful and enjoyable lessons.
Therefore, beginners wanting to learn how to rock could seek out online classes rather than face-to-face classes from a teacher anywhere in the world.
So, if you live in a remote part of Western Australia you could search for a drumming teacher on Superprof from anywhere in Australia or even one from the UK or US!
The best way to learn this way is of course one-to-one, with you and your teacher playing at intervals. If you try to do grow classes in this format you are likely to find that the latency on video conferencing apps such as Zoom cause all kinds of issues!
Learn drumming online
So your kids want to learn the drums but you don't want to spend hundreds and hundreds on private lessons?
There is a whole community of people who offer beginners great tutorials on websites such as YouTube completely free of charge!
Use one of these great resources to teach your kids the beginners' material such as basic rudiments and rhythm patterns, before investing in group or one-to-one classes later on, once you find out it's more than just a short-term craze for your child!
Instruments are expensive enough already, so this is a very cost-effective way of preventing your expenses from blowing out while also ensuring that your child has all the opportunities to learn that he or she desires!
Join a band in Perth
So you're now a great drummer and you want to join a musical group in your local area in order to pave your path towards Perth rock music royalty. Luckily for you, there are some websites which offer the ability to find willing bandmates near you. Whether you need a bass player for your indie band or you want to create an African drumming circle, just post your ad in one of the following places and see what happens!
Bandmix has a stunning 3,600 profiles on its website just for Perth alone! Surely, amongst these many musicians you can find the ideal bandmate for you! Just sign up and make a profile to contact one of these many talented souls today!
While Gumtree is a good place to find a drumming teacher, is can also be a great place to find a new bandmate. The beauty of Gumtree is that anyone can post an advertisement of just about anything for free! Therefore, you will find people putting up an add about themselves as well as bands putting up ads about a vacancy, it's all there!
With all these great options, what are you waiting for?
Get started on your quest to drumming perfection today!