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Ben Charnley

Drum Teacher

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 FundHe 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 Graham

Drum Teacher

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 Saturday

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Jordan Kiely

Drum Teacher

Jordan is an experienced drummer and teacher of 17 years who has had excellent education in music. His advanced technical knowledge in percussion and drum kit has been guided by the completion of a Bachelor of Music Performance at Box Hill Institute where he studied with some of Australia’s leading percussionists and drummers. Jordan has extensive experience and knowledge in marching percussion through his work with the D²Drumline, which has seen him study with world leading marching percussionist from America including Scott Johnson, Bill Bachman and Ralph Nader.

His involvement in performing has led to large-scale performances including the AFL Grand Final, the Cricket World Cup, the NRL Preliminary Final, the Melbourne Rebels and Melbourne City FC Pre-Game Entertainment at AAMI Park, St.Kilda Festival, Australia’s Ultimate Drummer’s Weekend and NYE celebrations at Federation Square.

He has a deep understanding of the techniques required to play all genres of contemporary drum kit, and has developed an effective learning sequence for drum kit students which can be seen through the series of drum kit method books he has written for beginning drum kit players. Jordan has an exceptional understanding of effective teaching practices, which has come from completing a Graduate Diploma of Teaching at Deakin University and through his many years of teaching experience.

Jordan teaches on Wednesday and Thursday.
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