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Alastair offers lessons on drum kit, Brazilian and Latin percussion, and orchestral percussion, in addition to a range of workshops and masterclasses.  Alastair offers lessons covering all contemporary styles (rock/funk etc), brushes, sight reading, technique, improvisation, jazz drumming and more.  He is also one of Australia's leading pandeiro teachers, being a specialist in Brazilian percussion.

As an educator, Alastair is sought out for his excellent pedagogical knowledge. His students benefit from his extensive research, and from his own experiences as a student with a number of world-class drummers and percussionists, including John Riley, Scott Kettner and Ari Hoenig (US), Roberta Valente, Jorge Alabe, Celso de Almeida and Edu Ribeiro (Brazil), and Australian drummers including Simon Barker, David Jones and Hamish Stuart.

In addition to his private studio teaching, Alastair teaches at Monash University and Melbourne Polytechnic (NMIT), as well as at schools around Melbourne.  He has helped many students fulfil their musical potential, from beginner students to professionals. Alastair has extensive experience in helping students prepare for tertiary auditions, and many of his students have gone on to study at universities around Australia, including Monash, Melbourne University, the VCA, Canberra School of Music, Tasmanian Conservatorium and NMIT.

Alastair is highly experienced with VCE Solo Performance and Music Investigation students, and his students have consistently scored excellent marks in Year 11 and 12 music. He has also helped many students through St Cecilia and AMEB exams.  Feel free to contact Alastair to talk about your goals and

Alastair has a limited number of positions available for students in his private teaching practice.

Contact him today for further information on fees and availability.

Alastair is also available for workshops and masterclasses covering a range of topics, including jazz performance, Brazilian music, group percussion, improvisation and rhythm section workshop. In recent years he has lead dozens of workshops at colleges and universities around Australia, including the VCA, Monash University, University of Tasmania and schools in Victoria and Tasmania.  For more details on workshops and masterclasses, contact via email.

Credit and debit cards accepted. 

Melbourne Northern Suburbs: Brunswick, Coburg, Fawkner, Glenroy, Campbellfied, Pascoe Vale, Hadfield, Resevoir, Coburg North, Preston, Thornbury

Upcoming Gigs
Dec 15 - Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat
Oct 26 - Danilo Rojas at the Paris Cat
Trio Agogo at the Brunswick Green

Upcoming Gigs

Please click through the tabs for information on our upcoming gigs.

Dec 15 - Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat

Friday Dec 15, 7pm

Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat Jazz Club

featuring Dany Maia and Sam Keevers

Panorama Brasil return to the Paris Cat with special guest singer Dany Maia, and legendary pianist Sam Keevers.  Dany is from Salvador da Bahia - the centre of Afro-Brazilian music and culture - and she'll be singing some incredible songs from her homeland.  Music from Baden Powell, Cartola, Jobim and more.  Doors open 6:30pm  Bookings strongly recommended.

Dany Maia 1

Oct 26 - Danilo Rojas at the Paris Cat

Thursday Oct 26, 8:30pm

Cueca - Danilo Rojas (Bolivia/Aus), at the Paris Cat

From Cueca to Jazz Improvisation

Bolivian pianist brings his quintet to the Paris Cat for a night of Bolivian jazz.  Incredible music inspired by the rhythms of Bolivia, played by a great band.  With Rob Vincs (sax), Memo Beltzer (bass), Sal Persico (percussion), Al Kerr (drums) and Danilo Rojas (piano).  Doors open 8pm.  Bookings recommended.  For a little taste, check out  this video.




Trio Agogo at the Brunswick Green

Trio Agogo at the Brunswick Green

Second Sunday of each month 4-6pm in the garden

Trio Agogo, the great galvanisers of the Melbourne choro scene return for the summer season of music at the Brunswick Green.  With a steady stream of special guests and choro hits.  303 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.