Beat Factor Drum Group

2021 Classes:


2nd February to 30th March


20th April to 22nd JUne


13th July to 14th September


5th October to 7th December

Where: Saltwater Community Centre, Point Cook

Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm

Cost: $15 under 18 years- $20 over 18 years – $25 for casual or one off lesson.

African & Brazilian Beats –Drum Group Class – Point Cook, our first session for Term 2 will be on Tuesday 20 Apr, 2021 – 7.00 pm to 8.15pm

BYO Drums or contact us to book one for you- no cost

Register Here

New members/students, please register your interest here and we will let you know more details of the Drum class for the community.

COVID-19: As restrictions start to ease our On-Line lessons will still be available by Zoom

New Members: FREE On-line Session.

If you would like to join us on-line to get a feel of the drum group live and what we do. Please contact us and we will give you the link to join on Zoom.



Hot Mama – BF Music

Welcome to our new page where you will find more details about our new initiative in helping to develop skills in African, Latin, Middle-Eastern and World drumming.

The classes promote healthy living by having fun through drumming, as well as meeting and interacting with like minded residents in the community.

Please contact Rod for details.


2020 Term 4 Dates: (Oct- Dec)


Monday 19 October to Friday 11th December (8 Weeks)

Our face to face lessons in African Drums will hopefully resume from November 23, outdoors for Group Lessons 60 minute sessions.


BOOKINGS: 0411 028 077


Live in Action

Mondays: 7.00 to-8.00 pm Beginners All ages

Drumming up a storm

Tuesdays: 7.30 to 8.45pm- Intermediate

Intermediate to Advanced

Fridays: 5.30 to 6.30 pm -African Drumming for kids & Youths

Small Drum Ensemble




Our Drum workshop also available for corporate and work places.

Rod – Ensemble Director working with the group.

Bookings required for ON-line or Face to Face lessons.


Mobile: 0411 028 077

Look forward in keeping in touch with our regular students and meeting new ones as well in new ways of learning and playing music together.

Drum & Dance

Combined performance from Beat Factor Drum Group & Astara Belly Dancers

Point Cook Pop Up Park

Caribbean/Samba drum piece

Photos of recent performances at Point Cook Pop UP Park with The Astara Belly Dancers. February 28, 2020

African Piece

Click the Link below for a Video of our Community Drum Jam

2020 Dates:

Term 3:

Beat Factor Music Studio – Point Cook or On-Line Lessons via Zoom

Starting July 14 to 18 September.

Term 1:

Saltwater Community Centre – Point Cook

Tuesdays 11 February- 24 March– 7.00 -8.30pm

Point Cook Community Learning Centre

Fridays 21 Feb to 27 March- 6.30 -7.30pm

(12-18 Years)

Fridays 7.30 -8.30pm Adult Class

Launch of New Point Cook Classes

As part of our launch of the new classes at Point Cook -we are having a FREE Drum Jam again on March -See Below

Community Drum Jam (FREE) Saturday 14 March Point Cook Pop Up Park- BYO drums- Drum Jam with Beat Factor Drum Group. Sign up or contact us for more details. or Mobile: 0411 028 077

Point Cook Community Learning Centre

Registration and bookings required – Mobile: 0411 028 077


Fridays -Our Youth class -6.30 to 7.30 pm $10

Fridays -Intermediate/ Advance Class 7.30 to 8.30 pm $15 for first class, then balance of Term payments required if you wish to continue.

Minimum of 4 people required to run the class.


Beat Factor Drum Group

                          Move to the Beat

    African – Samba – Calypso – Afro-Cuban

              Tuesdays 7.00 – 8.30 pm     Fees Apply

                 Saltwater Community Centre 

               153 Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook


                Contact Rod- 0411 028 077

            Ensemble Director/Music Educator


Upcoming performances:

Point Cook Pop UP Park:

Beat Factor Drum Group -28 Feb  2020- 8.15 pm to 8.30pm

Community Drum Jam – 29th Feb 2020- 2.00 pm to 3.00pm

Community Drum Jam – 14th March 2020- 2.00 pm to 3.00pm

Tarneit Night Market:

Beat Factor Drum Group – 28 March – 7.15 pm

Come along to the Pop Up Park, and hear and see some great African and latin rhythms along from Beat Factor Drum Group and join in the drum jam with the group on Feb 29 and March 14.

The Beat Factor Drum Group

Workshops & Performances


Our FREE Class – Tuesday 3/9/19 as part of The Wyndham Learning Festival was a great success. Great to see some newcomers trying out on the percussion instruments and our regular members as well. Thanks everyone for attending Please see some photos below.

Saturday April 27, Point Cook Pop Up Park

with AJP -Trio

3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Saturday March 30, Point Cook Pop Up Park

with AJP -Trio

3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Saturday March 10, Point Cook Pop Up Park 

Point Cook Pop Up Park

 with AJP -Trio

3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Photo Gallery: March 10- PCPOPUP


Saturday February 23, Point Cook Pop Up Park

2.00 pm to 3.00 pm

Video & Photo Gallery: February 23,  PCPOPUP

Getting the Young ones and adults involved to the beat.

Photo Gallery: Sunday January 27th

Werribee Pop Up Park

Station Place, Werribee

Videos of Beat Factor Drum Group with Brazilian Dancers

Sunday December 2

Encore Events Centre, Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing

4.00 pm to 8.00pm

Video link of performances:

Griot – African


Melting Pot V1.0 – Indian fusion with Samba


Friday December 7

Red Arcade Event

4.30 to 6.30 pm

28 Watton St, Werribee


Saturday December 15

Beat Factor Music Concert

Special Invitation only

Celebrating all of our students work during the year in Drum-kit, guitar and bass.

Featuring Drum solo items

Rock Bands

Jazz.Funk Bands

African Drumming – Beat Factor Drum Group

Special guest performers

Presentations & Christmas Raffle Draw

Food & refreshments after the concert for all.

September 15, 2018.

Emerge Cultural Network Gathering for artists and community members from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds in Wyndham and surrounding areas.


Rod from Beat Factor was invited by the Leadership Network, sponsored by Multicultural Arts Victoria, to speak on his background, music education and his music business, Beat Factor Music. Other discussions were on setting goals and planning strategies in order to build on your Arts business in the Wyndham area.

  • Met artists and community leaders from our neighbourhood;
    • Rod Pilois from Beat Factor talked about his journey setting up a music business in Wyndham;
    • Shared a meal and made new connections;
    • Found out about upcoming opportunities.

Participants at the FREE drum class on Tuesday 4 September, 2018 as part of the Wyndham Learning Festival week.

Saltwater Community Centre, Point Cook.


Please call us or email to register your interest in the workshop/Classes

0411 028 077


Weekly Drum Workshop/classes now running  at Saltwater Community Centre

153 Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook

Term 4  Dates:

Tuesday 9 October to Tuesday 4 December

 From 7.00 to 8.30pm


Point Cook Pop Up School Event – Point Cook Town Centre

September 1, 2018.

Rod with Roger and Praveen

Come and join in the fun, relax and re-energize yourself after a hard day at work. African Drums & Latin Percussion.

All instruments supplied.

Below are some photos from our August Drum Classes.
We welcome Tejwant and Anam.

Roger, Tejwant, Rod, Praveen & Anam from our Beat Factor Drum Group Class.

Not to mention our two Loyal students Praveen and Roger who have performed with the Beat Factor Drum Group a number of times now. Performances: Pop Up Park Point Cook, Saltwater Mid-Year Concert

Video: New Rhythm just learnt of African Yakani rhythm  from the gang.

Point Cook Pop Up Park Performances – March 17, 2018

african Practice

samba Practice


(See below for details)


  • Create a fun, challenging and rewarding experience in a safe and non-intimidating environment which inspires learning
  • Provide a hands-on intercultural experience through drumming
  • Introduce African and other world drumming cultures to our community in Wyndham
  • To work collaboratively with organizations and community networks to develop and enhance the Arts through drumming activities.

  1. Drumming workshops will offered to all ages, from those new to drums to those who have a sense of rhythm and who would like to play.
  2. Workshops will cover drumming techniques and repertoire from around the world such as, African, Brazilian, Caribbean, Middle-Eastern to name a few.
  3. Authentic instruments (drums, bells, rattles) will be used in workshops
  • No musical experience or ability to read musical notation necessary  
  • Teaching and learning will be through – ‘Listen’, ‘watch’ and ‘Play’
  • Oral learning by sound syllables – ‘drum sounds’
  • Drum grid tablature provided for those interested


  1. Comprehend and articulate the connection between culture and musical practice in West African and other world drumming traditions.
  2. Develop and enhance individual practical skills in rhythm.
  3. Develop an appreciation and critical understanding of complex rhythmic interaction in ensemble playing transferrable to a range of musical contexts.


Some young people taking part in our Free Drum Workshop at Point Cook during August 2017.

Contact Rod Pilois 0411 028 077



Music Lessons in Drums, Bass & Guitar. 'Move to the Beat'