It's no surprise Melbourne is home to bands such as King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, the Drones, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Camp Cope, Crowded House, the Temper Trap and Amyl and the Sniffers. Melbourne's arts and culture scene is huge and the best place to be for emerging musicians, with an abundance of venues to play at and a heap of enthusiastic gig-goers.
Melbourne has a big punk, neo-soul, jazz and alternative rock scene, and a loyal fan-base for genres like heavy metal, dream-pop and folk.
Melbourne was named the Live Music Capital of the World in 2017. This is a rightful title for the thriving city. Melbourne has more live music venues and bar per capita than any city in the whole world!
Luckily, that means there is ample opportunity to learn an instrument like drumming right here at home. With so many like-minded people around, you'll be sure to find a drum tutor that's right for you!
Melbourne’s music scene
Some of Australia’s renowned music festivals are just outside of Melbourne, such as Meredith Music Festival, Golden Plains Festival and Falls Music & Arts Festival. Melbourne Music Week occurs each November, along with smaller street festivals such as CHANGES and Brunswick Music Festival.
In short, Melbourne is never lacking of live music–so why not learn it too!
Drum tuition and private teachers in Melbourne
Melbourne has a great selection of drum schools. Private schools teachers are available to teach classes during the school term for children and throughout the year for all ages. Classes are for anyone interested in drums, whether they are beginners, have intermediate drumming skills or more advanced students.
Just 3km from Melbourne’s centre, Richmond Music Academy is an established music school that prides itself on teaching anyone, no matter their amount of drumming skills–it’s never too late to learn! There’s no music snobbery at Richmond Music Academy, and the tight-knit of teachers are there to teach and inspire their students in all styles. The academy offers both online and face-to-face classes.
Ray Pereira a musician and percussionist, offering African drumming classes in Melbourne’s Footscray, Brunswick and Fitzroy. Ray has extensively studied for 30 years in Africa, Cuba, New York and Sri Lanka and has pioneered African drumming the Melbourne and the wider Australian community.
Ray’s four-week consecutive program is designed for all drumming abilities, from beginner and intermediate to more advanced. Ray teaches the djembe drum, congas, bongos and other percussion instruments. Classes are designed to be in a group, in a non-competitive and supportive environment.
The Sound Lab is a music school based in southeast Melbourne’s Prahran, teaching adults and kids alike. The school is fit with Gretsch acoustic drum kits and Roland electric drum kits to learn on. Fit with experienced, professional and notable drum teachers, The Sound Lab is a great school to get familiar with the kit and other percussion instruments. Their teachers teach all different styles of drumming.
Drumtek in Northcote is both a retail store and drum school. Established in 1992, Drumtek’s School of Music teaches everything from theory to transcription, rudimental vocabulary, tuning and recording tips, fills, sight reading, phrasing and hand and foot control. Lessons are available for students of all musical skills, and each class is catered to the student to improve their drumming.
Melbourne has a range of drumming workshops that pop up, including percussion instruments like taiko.
“Playing fast around the drums is one thing. But to play music, to play with people for others to listen to, that’s something else. That’s a whole other world.” – Tony Williams
Where to study drums in Melbourne
Not only is Melbourne the live music capital of the world, but the city offers a range of great music schools. You’ll be able to find a course that suits you, whether it’s a Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor or Masters degree all over the city.
Attending a music school in Melbourne is one of the best ways to meet and network with like-minded people. Through working with peers in ensembles, you can start a band as a side hustle and play around Melbourne.
If you’re looking to study music and specialise in drums in a tertiary course at university, here are a few of the best universities to check out:
- Victorian College of the Arts: VCA offers courses in composition, ethnomusicology, interactive composition, jazz and improvisation, music performance, performance teaching and musicology.
- Melbourne Polytechnic: Melbourne Polytechnic has a bunch of music courses on offer in music performance, songwriting production.
- JMC Academy: Contemporary music performance, songwriting and production are the specialities of JMC.
- Australian Institute of Music: AIM offers certificates and degrees in music performance, music production, classical music, contemporary music and composition.
- Collarts (Australian College of the Arts): Collarts has courses in music performance and production and also offers double degrees to get the most out of the experience.
- Monash University: Monash has a great Bachelor of Music course, in which you can specialise in composition, music technology, performance, and popular music.
- Victoria University: With a selection of a Bachelor degree, Diploma or Certificate, VIC University music courses specialise in ‘popular and contemporary music, with an international perspective’, fit with a local studio to rehearse and record in.
Attending a music university will give you the opportunity to have a professional drumming mentor to guide you through the notions of becoming a professional drummer yourself.
Benefits of learning drums
Drum lessons offer a bunch of benefits. The benefits of fiddling with the sticks on a kit include:
- Keeps the mind sharp: drumming has the benefit of exercising the brain, by coordinating the movement of both hands and legs in a precise way.
- Helps creativity flow: drumming requires the drummer to think quick, and sometimes on the spot. For instance, when improvising, a drummer requires not only knowledge but creativity to think up new rhythms and beats to fit into a piece of music. Improvising often will help drummers to expand their creativity when drumming.
- Increases fitness: drumming is a fun way to get a small workout in. Since drumming requires you to use your upper and lower body quickly, you’re sure to keep your fitness up.
- Stress reduction: doing something you love helps you to relax. Tuning in your focus to what you’re doing is a form of mindfulness that helps you to relax your mind and focus only on what is at hand–forcing you into the present moment. Even more, a study by the University of Oxford in 2012 concluded that drummers experience higher levels of endorphins after 30 minutes, compared to musicians after playing their instruments for the same amount of time.
Join or start a band in Melbourne
Once you’re feeling comfortable performing on the kit, why not join a band? There are plenty of ways to get the word out there–a Melbourne music based Facebook group, going to gigs, playing at open mics or open jam sessions are just some ways you can let people know you’re keen to start or join a band. You can find people who sing or play guitar, bass or synth to get a band started.
If you’re attending a drum school or music university, you have a great opportunity to meet like-minded musicians to get something going. Rehearsal spaces like Kindred Studios or Bakehouse Studios are great spots to meet other musicians and bands.
Whether you’re looking to play jazz, rock, pop, or a fusion of genres, there’s bound to be bands in Melbourne playing the genre.
Playing and creating music with other people is a unique experience that musicians have the privilege to take part in.
For some motivation, why not have a look at this guide of the best open mic nights in Melbourne?
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