Why Drumtown? 

Drumtown is about sharing the joy of music with students who want to learn but also want to have fun.
Parents invest hard earned money and time, for their kid’s music lessons. We’re about making the most of both, and keeping everyone engaged, progressing and happy.
We are constantly improving and expand our teaching ability with each student to ensure personalised tuition. There’s no cookie-cutter lessons here, even after 15,000+ lessons.
From age 5 to 105 we can get you drumming at your best.

There’s good teachers and bad teachers. We’ve all had them. But at Drumtown, we don’t keep the bad teachers. Teachers who get results and keep their students coming back year after year to progress to their dreams is what we specialise in.

There are some high profile teachers charging lots of money per lesson. Sadly often a great player does not a great teacher make. Drumtown staff are professionals in both areas, with immense experience in both teaching and playing in many musical styles, and our pricing reflects our quality, not our egos.

YouTube isn’t a Music Teacher. There we said it!
There’s no doubt some great music teaching on YouTube and the web these days. We use YouTube too. But a website can’t do things, that sitting in a room with an experienced teacher one-on-one can.
A website can’t track your progress. It can’t help your child through a passage they’re struggling with. Learning speed, coordination, listening ability, concentration and patience are just some of the areas taken into account when you study at Drumtown.
Come and see why we get the results we do. 

Our Staff

Stuart Henderson

CEO & Head Tutor at Drumtown.
An experienced musician with a career spanning over 35 years. 

Playing the Drum Kit and or a Hybrid Percussion Kit
Currently working with;
Evelyn Duprai Trio & MidNyte Sun with Gordon Hunte.

Having played with Bands & Bands and Artists like: Penguins on Safari, Ega Ninjas, Raging Waters, Glen Tilbrook, United Notions, Psycho Zydeco, Hip Fidelity, Vegemite reggae with Bob Andy, UB42, Club acts, Cabaret artists appearing on Stage with Nina Cherry, Dave Ball (Procol Harem) Denny Ball (Yardbirds), and unusually for kings in Malaysia, Princesses in London and Kurds in Istanbul and loads of unusual places in-between,
Stuart has toured extensively around the globe with different shows from Musical Comedy troops to Elvis impersonators, musicals, Jazz and World Music shows from Europe to Japan and many places in between.

Nearly 30 years teaching experience has taught me a lot about the needs of individual students and how to approach each one with a tailored system for learning, allowing each student to reach their full potential. 
I have been running kids and adult workshops at Drumtown since 2009 on a regular basis. Providing term based private lessons and group workshops.

Andy Davies

Andy Davies is a freelance drummer from Sydney, Australia, offering a well rounded playing style that covers numerous genres from Big Band, Pop, Rock, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Soul and Studio.
He has a natural ability to interpret all types of stylistic direction, known in the industry as both an electrifying soloist and reliable team player.
A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies) and a Certificate of Contemporary Music from Australian Institute of Music (AIM).
Andy’s progressive technical approach to adopting new hybrid styles enables him to support a diverse range of contemporary artists and repertoire.

Andy has just returned from a professional development intensive in the USA-attending classes and solo tutorials with Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Tommy Igoe and Jojo Mayer.
Andy’s performing and recording credits include: Jeff Duff, Emma Pask, Iota, Paul Capsis, Bob Downe, John Paul Young, Rhonda Burchmore, Doug Parkinson, Tom Burlinson, Blackmarket, Greg Page (the Wiggles), Monica Trapaga, the Ed Wilson Big Band (Daly-Wilson Big Band), Sydney All Star Big Band, Danny Elliott (Mo Award winner), Frank Bennett, Geoff Harvey, John Calder, Ray Aldridge, Nathan Foley, Virginia Gay, Lucy Durack, Margie Di Ferranti, Col Nolan (Sydney Hammond organ legend) James Morrison and Ed Wilson.

Testimonials

  • Stuart has taken me from an adult beginner to a capable gigging drummer. His patience and experience teaching drums is hard to match.
    Gareth – Freshwater
  • Stuart has made a real difference to Jake’s drumming. Stuart has given him a good grounding in technique as well as introducing him to different styles of music. I have had many positive comments on hom Jake’s drumming has improved from parents of our school band.
    Anna Dobson
  • Stuart teaches at our school to the delight of all the staff, students and parents that deal with him. He’s our guy for all things percussion.
  • Andy is a true professional and always delivers on every performance.
  • My son Gerry says Stuart is awesome and he will not have any other tutor! Gerry has learned so much in 1 year and developed a real love of music which I owe to Stuart. His patience combined with his enthusiasm and the way he related easily with kids makes him an excellent tutor!
    Giovanna Graziano

Events

Summer Band Clinic #2

January 15th to 17th 2018

Drumtown Studios in Dee Why

Three full days (10am-4pm) specialist ensemble tuition with regular gigging Sydney musos who are also great teachers.
Learn performance craft, improve technique, improve ear training, improvisation and song form.
Practice ensemble work in a supportive atmosphere with players who’ve been there and done that.
Perform live on stage at the end of the course
Cost : see the attached cover letter and enrolment form

Numbers are limited. Return your enrolment form NOW, to reserve your place.

 Future Events planned

  • Mums on Drums – Workshops for mums wanting rhythm
  • School Ensemble Workshops in Jazz and Pop/Rock
  • Drumline groups
  • Girls who Rock the World! Girl only rock ensembles
  • Girls who Swing the Beat! Girl only jazz ensembles

Get in touch, if you’re interested in any of these upcoming events.

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Studio 202 Rehearsal and Recording Rooms

Centrally located at Unit 8, 202-204 Harbord Road, Brookvale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. 
Studio 202 offers a premium experience for bands and individual musicians practicing.
Full PA and sound treated rooms, Great Rental Gear, Easy Access and Parking, even catering.

http://studio202.com.au

Learn Other Instruments

Drumtown knows you can’t just play rhythms. You need melody and harmony for real music to take place.
So we have a network of teachers who have the same commitment to teaching their instrument and perfecting their craft as we do to our percussion students but across a very broad range of instruments.
Ask us who we’d send our kids to for Bass, or Trumpet or whatever, that’s as good a reference as you’d get.

Group Percussion

Check out our sister site Trashdrums.com.au for group percussion for any ability.
A growing hit in schools and with students and parents.
Also great for corporate groups or any team building purpose or just to have some fun banging things. 

Find us at:

Suite 8 (up the ramp),
202 – 204 Harbord Rd, Brookvale NS W 2100
(next to Goodspanner and Jaycar)

0415 489 730

stuart@drumtown.com.au

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