Lessons

Unlike bigger teaching schools that employ casual teachers, my students see me every week; ensuring continuity, rapport, and skill building without cancellations from the teacher.

Matt’s Drum Lessons has everything needed to allow for the best learning experience

  • Teaching weekdays
  • One-on-one drum tuition, separate drum kits for student and teacher
  • The only drum teacher with over a hundred songs of hand-made sheet music using the latest notation software; and his own drum book (Rockin’ in Rhythm)!
  • Learn to read, write, and understand real musical notation
  • All skill levels welcomed. From 8+ years old
  • Students can bring music they love and begin learning it
  • I am friendly, patient, and able to break drumming down to absolute basics
  • I always hold a current Working with Children Check

I aim to help create musicians; not just drummers. While focused on the drumset, I will endeavor to teach real-world skills that will create musical drummers that are employable by any type of band leader. Time keeping, dynamic control, reading skills, expressiveness, technical foundations, and many more skills contribute to an employable drummer; my students must be musicians first and foremost; not just a drum hitter.

Drum beats and fills

Goal: to gain a familiarity of all modern musical styles on drum kit.

  • Quarter note beats and fills (the 2-beat & variations)
  • Basic beats and fills (the 8-beat & variations)
  • Advanced beats and fills (adding 16th notes, 16th note triplets, & 32nd notes)
  • Triplet beats and fills (including 6/8, & 12/8 beats)
  • Shuffle beats and fills (half time shuffles, blues shuffles, etc)
  • Jazz drumming and solos
  • Train beats and fills
  • One handed 16th note beats and fills
  • Two handed 16th note beats and fills
  • Linear drumming and fills
  • Double kick drumming
  • Odd times (including ¾, 5/4, 7/8, 9/8, etc)
  • The Clave (2:3 & 3:2)
  • Latin and world styles (bossa nova, samba, songo, mambo, Afro-Cuban, Mozambique, cascara, reggae, soca, & second-line New Orleans drumming)

Theory of music
Goals: to be able to read, write, understand, and communicate with music. My students are encouraged to complete AMEB grades, expanding their understanding of musical theory, and providing themselves with the ability to compose music.

  • To recognise notes and rests
  • To understand their length and how to count them
  • To recognise the different drums and cymbals on the stave
  • To recognise and understand ties, dots, and other musical expressions
  • Basic theory of music (including chords, harmony, melody)
  • Counting
  • Time keeping

Drum-set technique
Goals: to play with ease, at all dynamics, tempos. To be able to be spontaneously creative without limitations. 

  • How to hold sticks
  • Hands technique (Rudiments, Down strokes, Up strokes, Primary strokes)
  • Foot technique
  • Posture and setting up the drums