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African & Samba drumming for Beginners to Intermediate




All levels Welcome – All Drums Supplied

SESSION 1: From Tuesday May 3,10,17,24 & 31

(7.00pm to 8.30pm)

Please contact us for Registration

(No walk in on the day)


Where: Wood Street Art Space, Laverton

44 Woods St, Laverton, Victoria, Melbourne

When: MAY 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

Day & Time:Tuesdays 7.00pm – 8.30pm

All Drums supplied or BYO

  • Come and learn drums and play African and Samba rhythms
  • Share in the music and culture and have fun the same time
  • Open to all levels of experience
  • Easy Step by Step learning
  • 5 Week course concludes with a performance with the group
  • $110 for full course or $25 casual class per person.
  • Minimum of 4 people required to run the class
  • All attendants must book and register to attend classes
  • No Walk ins at venue on the day will be allowed

For more details on our Beginners and Intermediate classes

Please visit: https://www.beatfactormusic.com/workshops/



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





1- Beginners & Intermediates

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.


The drumming class is uplifting & engaging

Be Inspired & Refreshed by the Power of Rhythm

African & Samba Drumming for


Thursdays, 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm (


Please visit: https://www.beatfactormusic.com/workshops/


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/


AFRICAN BEATS Performances

Friday 16th April- Williams Landing Pop Up Park, 100 Overton Rd, Williams Landing


Saturday 17th April- Point Cook Pop Up Park- Murnong st, Point Cook

(3.00pm -4.30pm)

The Beat Factor Drum Group and its students will be performing their brand of African Beats at the Pop UP Park in Point Cook in March

This is a Free event and suitable for all ages.

Come down to the Community Pop Up Parks and enjoy the rhythms of the Djembe drums and the big Dun Dun African drums.

Thanks to CoLocal and Saltwater Community Centre for their on going support.

The Beat Factor Drum Group runs its ‘African Beats’ classes every Tuesday at the Saltwater Community Centre, 7pm to 8.30pm

For enquiries or Bookings:
Email: info@beatfactormusic.com
Mobile: 0411 028 077 

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

Jamaican Food & music festival – 10 november

Looking forward to playing some great Reggae music with GAIA the Band at the Jamaican Music and Food Festival on November 10 at Seaworks Maritime Precinct, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown, Melbourne. From 12.00 pm to 8 pm. Tickets $20- $40 www.jmff.com.au  GAIA the Band on at 2.00pm.

Should be a great day.

November 10th, 2019, the Jamaican Music & Food Festival family will gather like-minded Jamaican music and food fans together to experience one glorious day of food, Reggae, Dub, Rocksteady and Dancehall music in the Australian sunshine.

Soundtracked by some of the very best DJs, artists and live music the country has to offer, the Jamaican Music & Food Festival has become a benchmark for the best performances inspired by music straight out of Jamaica.

With over thirty food and other traders and 10,000 visitors in 2018, this year can only hold more great entertainment and party vibes.

We hope you will join us for another magical afternoon in the unique surrounds of Seaworks, Williamstown.

Into the groove – Part I

What a great way to spend Sunday afternoon laying some improvised grooves with the local drummers in Montreal, Canada, as part of my overseas trip in July. My new friend and I started this rhythmic pattern and everyone joined in and got into the drumming spirit. It’s amazing how much listening goes on when performing/improvising with a group for the first time. Everyone is locked in to their own rhythm and collectively it evolves as a whole ensemble with intricate rhythms and it sounds amazing. It might of course sound like a bunch of drum noise to the untrained ear. But when everything is clicking, it sounds fantastic and creates a real buzz amongst not only the drummers, but the listening audience as well.

  1. Video of my friend and I Laying down some grooves, whilst other follow.


2. Video of some audience enjoying the rhythm and getting into the spirit.


3. Big drum group jamming away.



4. Drum and dance troupe on the streets of Montreal.


5.Photos of the improvised drum performance.

Jan 27, Drum performance

A great day was had by all at the Werribee Pop Up Park. Our small group of dedicated drummers (Beat Factor Drum Group) performed some fantastic Latin American and Samba drum pieces for everyone to enjoy. We were later joined by some Brazilian dancers, where more energy and crowd interaction was enjoyed by the audience and officials of the event. Well done team. I guess we all have arm aches, shoulder and neck soreness after a long day of drumming.

Samba Reggae
Samba Reggae

Emerge Cultural Network Gathering in Wyndham

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

On Saturday 15 September, 2018, 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.

Thanks to Miriam from MAV and other local artists who came on the day for their support.