Ben is a friendly and passionate drum educator with over 18 years experience teaching students of all ages and experience levels.
He completed a Master of Music degree at New York University, studying with jazz legends such as Kenny Werner and Ari Hoenig. Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the renowned Berklee College of Music (Boston USA) where he studied privately with Grammy winning artist Terri Lyne Carrington (Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter).
As a result of his achievements at Berklee, Ben received the Ed Thigpen Award, the Achievement scholarship Award and the World Tour Scholarship. During his time at NYU, he received the Robert Sudick Scholarship and was the recipient of grants from the Ian Potter Foundation Cultural Trust and the American Australian Foundation's Dame Joan Sutherland Fund. He has also been featured in Drum Scene Magazine.
Ben has extensive recording and touring experience, both in the USA and Australia. He spent 4 years in New York City performing with a broad array of jazz, RnB, gospel and world music artists. In Australia, he was a founding member of successful World music group, the Woohoo Revue.
Ben is able to teach jazz, rock, pop, Latin, world music, funk, hip-hop, RnB, rudimental drumming and classical snare drum repertoire.
Ben teaches with us on Monday and Tuesday.
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Benjamin is a professional drummer and an experienced educator. After completing his Bachelor of Contemporary Music at JMC Academy, Ben spent a number of years working the South-East Queensland music scene before taking things international on-board Royal Caribbean Cruises. Now having preformed around Asia, Europe and the South Pacific, he has returned home to Australia, to continue his career in Melbourne.
Since moving to Melbourne, Ben has established himself as an in-demand young performer, known for his professionalism and work ethic. When he’s not teaching at Whitehorse, you can find him playing a gig at your local or in the studio recording drum tracks for his online business “My Drums Your Drums”.
Ben is a versatile educator, with the ability to teach in any setting and any genre. He has experience teaching a wide range of ages and ability levels, able to tailor his approach to get the best results for each individual.
Benjamin teaches on Wednesday and Saturday
I started playing percussion when I was 11 years old and began teaching when I was 17. I have taught at multiple schools, as well as teaching private students from home. I have taught people of all ages, from as young as 4 years old, to 60+ year olds so I am able to adapt my teaching to suit whatever your needs may be, whether it is for educational purposes or a bit of fun.
I am in a band called D2 Drumline where I have played at events such as the Rugby League World Cup at AAMI Park Stadium, many soccer and AFL matches, New Years Celebrations at Eureka Tower, St Kilda Festival, A-League Soccer Final at Adelaide Stadium and many many more!
I have also learnt and performed with some drumming greats from the US such as Ralph Nader, Scott Johnson, Harvey Thompson, Bill Bachman and more.
From my extensive drumline experience, I am able to teach advanced rudimental drumming, as well as jazz, rock, funk, latin, country and everything else between!
Chloe teaches on Saturday and Sunday
Drum & Cajon Teacher
Gustavo Moreno was born in Colombia South America and has been playing and teaching drums for almost 20 years now. He studied music at The National University in Colombia. There, he had the opportunity to attend lessons and master classes
with world renown musicians such as, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Paquito De Rivera, Hermeto Pascoal, Chick Corea and Paul Votteler just to name a few.
While studying, he maintained a busy schedule performing and teaching. For three years, he was the drummer for the internationally acclaimed circus
company: Foam Wall. Also, he performed at the popular TV show Radio City. After moving to Melbourne in 2008, Gustavo studied with
Master drummer Dave Weckl, obtaining a certificate of achievement. Also, he was for five years, the drums and percussion teacher at the remarkable Little Yarra Steiner School, which is known for its distinguished music program.
In Australia, Gustavo has played and performed with
prominent musicians such as Jeremy Alsop (Virgil Donati, Wayne Shorter, Men at Work & Herbie Hancock) Thomas Lorenzo (Walfredo Reyes and David Garfield) Dany Noel (Horacio el negro Hernandez, Chucho Valdez, Celia Cruz) Ivan
Bridón (Arturo Sandoval) and more. His broad experience on different styles and rhythms, make
him a flexible drummer and educator, capable to achieve good results, in many kinds of musical situations. Being this, one of
his assets, Gustavo has taught and performed, from traditional/ contemporary Jazz & Latin jazz to funk, rock, electro-acoustic genres to ethnic / world music.
Currently, Gustavo is endorsed by De Gregorio Cajon and Ufip
Gustavo teaches on Thursday and Friday