Category Archives: Drum lessons

African & Samba drumming for adults-online class

Drumming classes for Beginner and Intermediate levels

Event starts: 5 October

Event ends: 26 October

4 week course

2021 Session Dates- Term 4- Beginners & Intermediates

Session 1: 05/10/21 to 26/10/21- (4 weeks)Beg/Intermediates
Session 2: 09/11/21 to 30/11/21-(4 weeks) Beg/Intermediates
Session 3: 09/11/21 to 14/12/21-(6 weeks)- Intermediates Only 

Learn African and Samba drumming in a safe, fun and creative environment.

The classes are designed for beginners through to those who have some experience in drumming and who would like to learn new rhythms and refine their skills and technique.

The classes are for those who want to discover their inner rhythm and creativity, learn new skills and be challenged, improve their coordination, muscle memory, flexibility, and overall well being while drumming to awesome music.

Our online classes are recorded and are available for 7 days as a catch-up class.

Participants will learn African, Samba and other Rhythms, warm up exercises, set pieces and creativity through drumming.

Drum from the comfort of your own home.

NO DRUMS: No problems- DIY drum & percussion.

We can guide you through what to use around the household for our online classes.

The drumming class is uplifting & engaging

Be Inspired & Refreshed by the Power of Rhythm

African & Samba Drumming for Beginners runs in 4-week sessions, on Tuesdays, 6.30 pm – 7.15 pm (Melbourne Timezone).

African & Samba Drumming for Intermediates runs in 4-week sessions, on Tuesdays, 7.30 pm – 8.15 pm (Melbourne Timezone).

Pricing: Beginner Class– 4 week course

Earlybird Registration: Adult $50
Standard Price: Adult $60
Casual Class: $17.50
Earlybird Registration closes 5 days prior to workshop start date

Pricing Intermediate Class-4 week course

Earlybird Registration: Adult $60
Standard Price: Adult $70
Casual Class: $20
Earlybird Registration closes 5 days prior to workshop start date

Contact

Rod Pilois- Ensemble Director- Beat Factor Drum Group
Mobile: +61 411028077
Email: info@beatfactormusic.com

To find out more or make a booking, please visit: https://beatfactormusic.com/workshops/

 

Wyndham Learning Festival, African & Samba Beats-2 Sept-Now On line


AFRICAN & SAMBA DRUMMING CLASS  (NOW ONLINE)

2 September, 7.00pm-8.00pm on Zoom.

Connect with your community for your wellbeing and have fun.

PRESENTED BY BEAT FACTOR MUSIC

Join us for this Free On-line Community Drum class, as part of the Wyndham Learning Festival.

No Drums-no problem, participants can try out their rhythmic skills on tables, chairs, buckets, pots and pans, utensils, pencils & pens, rulers, body percussion and anything that they can use around the house as a drum.

BYO drums: Djembe, congas, bongos, snare drum, any hand or stick drum, hand percussion, or any other creative percussive instrument to the session, all welcome.

This class is designed for beginners through to those who have some experience in drumming. No musical ability is required.

Participants will learn African to Rock- Hip-Hop rhythms, warm up exercises, set rhythmic parts, sound textures and creativity through drumming.

The drumming class is uplifting & engaging

Bookings required:

This event is being presented by Beat Factor Music with the support of the Wyndham Learning Festival.

Registrations on Eventbrite

or through Wyndham Learning Festival Facebook page

Please contact us if this is of interest to you and we would be happy to guide you through and make some interesting percussive sounds together.

For more information on the Free drum class

Please email info@beatfactormusic.com or bfmusic15@gmail.com

Contact Rod- Ensemble Director, Drum Educator,

Mobile: 0411 028 077

Web: www.beatfactormusic.com

‘Happy Drumming’

Rod Pilois_ Ensemble Director

If you need more drumming in your life

Our regular face to face classes are held on 

WHEN: Tuesdays-NOW ONLINE

TIME:  Beginners Class: 6.30pm to 7.15pm

Intermediate/Advanced Class: 7.30 to 8.30pm

WHERE:Saltwater Community Centre, Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook/CURRENTLY ON-LINE

For Expression of interest and booking,

Email: info@beatfactormusic.com

ALL DRUMS & PERCUSSION SUPPLIED

FEES APPLY:

BYO: Drums & Percussion (if preferred)

info@beatfactormusic.com

bfmusic15@gmail.com

Mobile: 0411 028 077

 

 

Review of Roland TD-1DMK

I wanted to purchase an affordable electronic drum kit for my drum classes at the school I teach in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. After some research and reviews I ordered the Roland TD-1DMK.

It ticked lots of boxes:

  • It was within my music budget. ($999.00- AUD)
  • All mesh pads
  • Compact size and sturdy
  • Rubber Kick pad included
  • Lots of drum-kit sounds to choose from to inspire students
  • Backing Tracks (15) for students to play along
  • Metronome function to help keep time
  • Coach function (10) to develop timing skills
  • Adjustable heights for Teenagers and Adult use
  • Easy to use drum module

For more detail on the review, please click here to read the full set-up stages and Pro’s and Con’s on the Roland TD-1DmKV.

First Impression- unboxing:

The unit comes in a compact box and but a little heavy, so two people may be required to safely lift it or using a trolley to move it to the set up area would be wise.

All the items such as tubular steel frames, drum pads, cymbal pads and electronic devices are securely well packed and can be taken out of the box easily.

Pro’s & Con’s

You may skip the Setting-up steps below if you are comfortable doing it yourself by following the manual (trial and error). And go to the end for the Pro’s and Con’s of the TD-1DMK

Setting up:

First Step:

Begin by removing the main components of the kit one by one, e.g tubular steel frames and placing together on one side on the floor.

Do not remove from wrapping just yet.

Continue to remove other items from the main box, such as, drum pads and place in one spot, then the cymbals and last the electronic devices and place in a safe spot. But do not remove their packaging until you are ready to place them on the frame.

Second Step:

Start by unwrapping the tubular steel frame and lay it flat on the floor together. Follow the instructions in the manual to help you connect the frames together. This is the main frame that will hold all the other drum, cymbal pads and other accessories together. You may need another person to help you do this.

Third Step:

Once you have assembled the frame and it is upright, you need to move the clamps where you would like to position your drums and cymbal pads. Next fit the tom pads and snare pad holders into the clamps. Make sure you attach the bass drum pad and plate to the frame before moving it upright.

Fourth Step:

Insert the cymbal stands/arms to the clamps and move the clamps if required to get a better playing position. Unpack the cymbal pads and place them on the appropriate stands, e.g Hi-hat, crash or ride cymbal stand.

Fifth Step:

Attach the main controller to the left side of the frame. Then plug in all the cables to the controller and connect to appropriate drum and cymbal pads and pedals.  Last, connect the power cable to the controller (brain) and connect to power outlet.

Sixth Step:

If all has been properly connected, switch the controller on and it lights up ready for you to try it out. You may use a headphone to hear the drum sounds or you may hook an external speaker so everyone can hear the drum sounds.

  • PRO’S
  • The frame feels sturdy and strong for an entry level drum kit.
  • The controller/module is basic but simple to use
  • The mesh pads feels good to play on
  • Tunable drum pads
  • Choice of 15 drum-kits
  • Good sound from the kits, Rock, Pop, Jazz styles
  • Metronome function to help in timing
  • Coaching feature to test you timing skills
  • Backing tracks to songs for playing along
  • Various songs in Rock, Funk, Country, Jazz styles
  • Aux input for iPhone playback
  • USB output to trigger drums from music software
  • CON’S
  • Drum pads seems a bit small
  • No dual trigger on pads
  • Cymbal pads feels a little hard at times
  • Rubber Bass drum pad feels hard when playing. (noisy thud sound)
  • No bass drum pedal supplied (bass drum review coming soon)
  • No drum stool/sticks or headphone supplied (drum stool review coming soon)
  • No separate volume adjustments for backing track songs
  • Same input for headphone and external speaker

Above all a great little electronic drum kit for individual practice, band rehearsals and stage performance. You get a good V-drum set up made by Roland, which have V-drums to cater for all needs from hobbyist, students to full on professional drummers.

This the link of a good video tutorial I went through with my students, to help them listen, watch and follow instructions on setting up the TD-1DMK, each step of the way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vIwdMqoucE

Thanks to my Year 8’ and two Year 7’s drum students who were keen to help me set-up the whole kit on the day.

Great job boys and girls.

Rod Pilois

Music Educator

Beat Factor Music

info@beatfactormusic.com

www.beatfactormusic.com

All rights reserved: Beat Factor Music 2020

2021 Classes

 

2021 Term 3 Dates: (JULY- SEPT)

Monday 12 July to Friday 17 September

Due to the current COVID  restrictions- our ‘face to face’ classes will be on hold. On-line classes on zoom or on our You Tube channel available for those interested in 2021. Please contact us and we will send the links. Thanks for your understanding.

2021 Term 4 Dates: (OCT- DEC)

Monday 4 October to Friday 10 December

Our face to face lessons will resume from Monday 7 August, for one on one private 30 – 60 minute sessions.

ON-LINE LESSON AVAILABLE ALSO

0411 028 077

Email: info@beatfactormusic.com

A New Year brings a new beginning and we hope that 2021 brings hope, new challenges and happiness to all.

We are offering some new specialized music classes for 2021 along with our regular popular ones.

Individual Classes resumes from  Monday 9 August, 2021- 3.30pm  to 7.30pm. Mondays to Thursdays.

Group Classes in African & Brazilian Drumming resumes from Tuesday 3 August, 7.00pm at Saltwater Community Centre.

New classes for 2021:

  • Keyboard Classes in Pop/Modern-Term 2-Contact us for more details and Bookings
  •  Music Theory for guitar, bass and keyboard- Term 2
  • Music composition using music software and digital tools-Term3
  • Music Production classes from beginners to advance level

Our Popular classes in Drum-kit, Percussion, Bass guitar , Acoustic & Electric guitar will continue as usual in 2021. Term 3 Classes resume From Monday 9 August, 2021.

Our classes will run from Mondays to Thursdays from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.

To register your interest and for bookings please contact us below
info@beatfactormusic.com
Mobile: 0411 028 077

 

 

free online Drumming for all ages

Monday 30 November- 7.00 pm to 8.00pm On Zoom

As part of the Wyndham Learning Festival-23-30 November 2020

Beat Factor Music is proud to be involved again this year in the Festival, with over 140 online events.activities in the Wyndham area.

The drumming class is uplifting, engaging and fun.

Participants will learn African rhythms, technique, warm up exercises and creativity through rhythm.

Experienced players and those with no experience are all welcome. BYO: Djembe, congas, bongos, darbuka.

FAQ: What if I don’t have a drum?

If you don’t have a drum, use a bucket, chair, box or simply tap on your legs.

FAQ: I already know how to play and want to learn more?

We have our normal beginners classes running on Monday 7 & 14 December, from 7-8pm. Intermediate classes running on Tuesdays 8 & 15 December, from 7.30-8.30pm

Connect with your community for your wellbeing, stress relief and have fun.

Bookings Required on Eventbrite, link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wyndham-learning-festival-drumming-for-all-ages-tickets-127083533269

For Enquiries please contact us on:

info@beatfactormusic.com

Mobile: 0411 028 077

Drumming For All Ages

Testimonials

“I started with Beat Factor Music in 2009 and finished in 2018. Over the course of those years I learnt so much about my instrument, having Rod as a teacher and mentor I learnt so much about drumming and I wouldn’t be the drummer I am now if it wasn’t for Rod” – James Marshall

“Rod is a great music teacher and has so much patience when teaching me how to play drums. He had a great teaching method which incorporated a good balance of both Theory and Practical time during the lessons. His calm and step by step teaching approach was fantastic in helping you to build up confidence behind the kit”. Adam Burruto

Lessons UPDATE october/november

As Melbourne is slowly easing restrictions. Our individual lessons and Group lessons will continue to be delivered On-line, on Zoom, Skype or Facetime.

Our Term 4 classes have been running now for some weeks.

Term 4 dates: Click here.– For our Kids classes

Click here: For our Teenagers and Adult classes

We hope to have our Drum group classes outdoors from 23 November, and our one-to one classes in Drum-kit, bass and guitar soon afterwards, once some of the restrictions have been lifted.

To ensure the safety of our community in the West, we will have our COVID safety procedures in place, such as, keeping social distancing, wearing of masks, wiping down of equipment before and after use and access of hand sanitizers for all our students and parents.

On-line lessons via zoom will still continue for some students as well.

Our On-line beginners class in African Drumming are on Mondays, 7.00pm to 8.00pm.

Our On-line Intermediate class in African Drumming are on Tuesdays 7.30 pm to 8.30pm.

Enquiries welcome:

For more details contact Rod at info@beatfactormusic.com or on mobile 0411 028 077

On-line Drum group classes

Due to the latest Stage 3 restrictions in Melbourne, Beat Factor Music will be continuing their Group classes on-line lessons via Zoom

Enquiries: info@beatfactormusic.com

Mobile: 0411 028 077

www.beatfactormusic.com/bfdrumgroup

Drum Group Classes Schedule below:

Mondays: 6.30pm to 7.30pm Beginners -All Ages

Tuesdays: 7.30 pm to 8.30pm Intermediate/Advanced

Fridays: 6.00 pm to 7.00pm African Drumming For Kids/Youths

Fridays: 7.30pm to 8.30pm African Drumming Adults/Seniors

Private Lessons in Drum-kit, Bass guitar, Acoustic and Electric Guitar are conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3.00 pm to 7.00pm.

Enquiries: info@beatfactormusic.com

On-line music lessons

To our regular and new students, due to the impact and disruption of the COVID-19 Stage 3 restrictions, all lessons for Term 3 will be conducted On-Line via Zoom from Monday 20 July.

Music lessons will be held at your normal day and times as scheduled during Term 3. We will be using Zoom as our preferred video conferencing program, free download.. Skye and Facebook are also possible if preferred.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Stay Creative

Stay Positive

Stay Safe

All the best, Rod Pilois – Music Educator/Manager – Beat Factor Music