Drum Lessons Sydney

☆☆☆☆☆ "Claudio helped me build the confidence I needed to become a professional drummer. After a few months improving my techniques from his lessons, I signed a contract to play on a cruise ship in Europe..." Geison Costa ☆☆☆☆☆ "Returning to drum tuition with Claudio at Drum Lessons Sydney has given me the ability to eliminate bad habits and rebuild my skills from the ground up. I am now practicing daily and my coordination..." Travis Joyce ☆☆☆☆☆ "I had Claudio as my teacher for almost two years. He taught me more things in a year than I learned in the 4 previous years of training. My coordination and understanding about rhythms increased..." Alex Garnier

Creating Drummers Since 1994

From kids to adults, one-on-one drum lessons tailored for you to achieve your full potential based on customised practice, playing songs of your choice.

Learn how to play any music genres creatively, including Rock, Funk, Metal, Blues, Indie, Jazz, Soul, Jungle, R&B, Reggae, Disco, Pop, Latin and Fusion, from a friendly, patient and passionate drum tutor with more than 20 years of teaching experience who will always take into consideration your learning style.

With the effective Drum Lessons Sydney step-by-step methodology it's guaranteed that all beginners learn how to play, and that intermediate drummers improve the way they approach their traditional study methods.

Experience a sound-treated music studio equipped with two quality drum kits, air conditioning, PA and Wi-Fi.

Private beginner to advanced drum lessons cover:

Solid base for present and future development
Stick Control
Hand and foot techniques
Learn drum music theory the easy way
Grooves and fills
Play any songs you want
Or try some of the hundreds of songs we'll suggest
Develop a vocabulary of fills
Rock, Funk, Blues, Latin, Reggae, Jazz, Metal and more
Limiteless patterns combinations
Supervised timekeeping practice
Become a solid drummer
Impress other musicians in any audition
Measure your improvement
Play like your idols
Dynamics, groove and swing
Become a versitile drummer
Adapt to any musical genre
Make your audience dance or headbang
Groove like a pro
Construct linear grooves
Use of less conventional accessories
Double kick
Jam block
Advanced coordination and speed
Limb independence
Cooperative training of non-dominant limbs
Open-handed possibilities
Elimination of weaknesses

Some recent live acts

Behind the Drums

Drum Tutor

"My belief in my students leads me to challenge them, and when I treat them as what they are capable of becoming, I help them become that."

Claudio Reis, the founder of Drum Lessons Sydney in the Sutherland Shire, has been in the music scene for almost 3 decades performing with corporate bands and live shows in all major music styles.

Whether performing on stage or teaching, his passion for music and drumming is the driving force behind his success as a teacher and professional musician.

Over 20 Years of Teaching and Performing Experience

23 Years of Teaching Experience

Claudio started giving drum lessons 23 years ago, haven't stopped since, and plan to continue for many more years. Teaching drums is not something he does "on the side."

Claudio has taught students aged 3 to 70, all styles and all levels, always balancing technical and practical work.

Almost 30 Years of Performing Experience

• Co-founder and drummer for the corporate band Partysonic.

• Drummer for the 5-star wedding band Tentrix.

• Drummer for the background band of the Brazilian Latin Dance Company show.

• Local and international live acts:

- Non Stop Party Band, Twilight, Skyscraper, Mr. Bug, Duo Trio, Hypersonic, and Brazilian Latin Groove, covering the major music styles;
- tribute bands Dream Theater, Metallica, Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Alanis Morrisette and Elvisback;
- and cover bands with huge set lists including Muse, Maroon 5, Blink182, AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Journey, RHCP, Van Halen, INXS, Green Day, KC, EWF, Jamiroquai, Beatles, Coldplay, CCR, Queen, Santana, MJ and so on.

• At the age of 20 Claudio was unanimously voted the best drummer in a 2-day music festival.

• Four years later, his former pop band New Jersey was elected the best band in the English Culture Festival of Brazil.

• Claudio was the drummer chosen to help compose and to record the CD T.V.lization for the band Skyscraper, mastering the complexity and challenging speed of their songs.

Methods he studied

  • Fundamentals, stick control, rudiments, techniques, dynamics, grooves and fills from private drum lessons.
  • Carmine Appice drum methods.
    Carmine Appice literally wrote the book on rock drumming, has received many Lifetime Achievement awards from the music industry, and influenced young John Bonham.
  • Joe Morello and Gary Chaffee methods.
  • Duda Neves method for Brazilian rhythms.
  • Double Bass Drum techniques from the best international drummer in NY 2003.
  • Attended master classes of Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Winery Dogs), Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Sonny Emory (EWF), Marco Minnemann, Tony Royster Jnr, Virgil Donati, Vera Figueiredo, Charles Gavin (Titas), Ivan Busic (Dr Sin) and Duda Neves.


Just Clap Your Hands (2016)
Fast And Funky (2016)
Take The Time • Dream Theater (2016)
Pull Me Under • Dream Theater (2016)
Old videos compilation (2012)
Harder to Breathe • Maroon 5 (2011)
Ritmos 1 (2011)
Slow Fusion (2010)
Brazilian Latin Company (2016)
Smooth Operator • Sade (2010)
YYZ • Rush (2010)


Partysonic at Jam Gallery (Bondi)
Partysonic • Jam Gallery, Bondi
Workshop (Sydney)
Drumming Workshop • Sydney
Brazilian Latin Company (Burwood RSL Sydney)
Brazilian Latin Company • Burwood RSL
Partysonic (Hollywood Night Sydney)
Partysonic • Hollywood Night, Bull N Bush
Brazilian Latin Company (Merrylands RSL Sydney)
Brazilian Latin Company • Merrylands RSL
Nevaneva (Sydney)
Nevaneva • Sydney
Tentrix (Sydney)
Tentrix • Sydney
Filming at Mcdonaldtown station in Sydney
Filming at Mcdonaldtown station, Sydney
Ze Pretinha
Ze Pretinha
Recording with singer Cris Alves and awesome bass player Aislam
Recording with singer Cris Alves
BAA • TonTon, Sao Paulo
Non Stop Party Band
Non Stop Party Band • Sao Paulo
Brazilian Latin Groove - private function in Sydney
BLG • private function, Sydney
Oz Brazil - Darling Harbour Ritmo Festival, Sydney
Ritmo Festival • Darling Harbour
Oz Brasil - Olympic Park Homebush
Oz Brasil • Sydney Olympic Park

Work With Children Check: WWC1051522E.

Sutherland Shire Drum Studio

Drum Studio 2

Private and acoustically treated drum studio in Caringbah NSW equipped with two quality drum kits, PA, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.

Play along with your favourite tracks or backing tracks.

"Silent" acoustic drum kit: Learn and practice at very low decibel levels only at Drum Lessons Sydney in Sutherland Shire!

One of our accoustic drum kits is now equiped with Remo Silenceheads and Zildjan Perfurated Cymbals, which vastly reduces the decibel levels when compared to a normal drum kit. This high decibel neat solution eliminates the annoying need of hearing protection during lessons or training and the chances of hearing loss.

DrumLessonsSydney.com.au studio
DrumLessonsSydney.com.au studio
DrumLessonsSydney.com.au studio

Pegada Drum Method

Pegada Drum Method

With the desire to share his extended knowledge acquired in almost 30 years of drumming, Claudio put together a 200 page skills development system taking into consideration the feedback of his own students, tutors and colleagues, combined with evidence based teaching strategies.

Pegada is a 4-part step-by-step drum method that guarantees all beginners learn how to play, and transforms the way intermediate drummers approach their traditional study methods to rebuild their skills from the ground up.

"If Pegada Drum Method was available in music shops it would be by far my favourite option."

Visit the Drum Lessons Sydney's Testimonials and find out what present and former drum students in Sutherland Shire have achieved and are happy about!

In conjunction with the instructions in the book, Claudio will:
✓ follow a program according to your individual pace;
✓ teach you how to play your favourite songs;
✓ suggest songs for you to learn;
✓ give you frequent, imediate and detailed feedback;
✓ answer your questions;
✓ and, most importantly, correct your technique.

Contact & Rates

Contact & Rates

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  • New students only.
  • Only 1 gift card is allowed per student.
  • All Gift Cards have 3 or 6 months expire date.
  • Gift Cards are not physical cards. An image of a personalised Gift Card will be sent to the buyer via email.
  • Lessons will be booked based on tutor's and studio's availability.
  • Gift Cards can only be exchanged for lessons, they are not exchangeable for money or anything else.
  • Refunds are not accepted after the card's expire date.
  • If the Gift Card value was based on the price of lessons at the tutor's music studio, but the student requires the lessons to be in another site, an extra amount will be charged to cover the tutor's travel costs.
  • Gift Cards do not include a copy of the book or drumsticks. Those can be added to the gift card upon buyer's request and payment.

Weekly Passes

Trial Lesson
Too early to commit to 5 or 10 lessons?

  • 30 min trial: $40
  • 60 min trial: $60
  • Full refund if you are not satisfied
Learn something new and exciting;
Experience our exclusive methodology;
Chat with the tutor/author of Pegada Method;
You'll feel motivated to learn more.
Practice Studio Rental
Booking is essential

  • Drum kit with cymbals provided
  • Sound-treated drum studio
  • Wi-Fi and air conditioning
Regular students:
30 min: $15 or 60 min: $20
60 min: $40 (sticks $10)

Other services we do: drum kit set up, re-skinning, and tuning.

Why do we charge for the trial lesson?

Our students come from: Sutherland Shire (Caringbah, Taren Point, Sylvania, Sylvania Waters, Gymea, Jannali, Kirrawee, Cronulla, Miranda, Sutherland, Menai, Engadine), St. George Area (Brighton-Le-Sands, Sans Souci, Hurstville, Kogarah, Rockdale), Redfern, Surry Hills, Newtown, Eastern Suburbs (Paddington, Maroubra, Randwick) and CBD.

Students' Testimonials

Students at Drum Lessons Sydney

"Rebuilding my skills from the ground up..."
Student testimonial
Whilst playing regularly in cover bands for many years I had not committed any time to practicing or improving my skills. Returning to drum tuition in Sutherland Shire with Claudio at Drum Lessons Sydney has given me the ability to eliminate bad habits and rebuild my skills from the ground up. I am now practicing daily and my coordination and technique have improved significantly in only a short period of time. I highly recommend Claudio for tuition of drummers at any level of playing.

Travis is now the official drummer for the Springsteen tribute band Glory Days - The Boss Experience.
"Helped me build confidence..."
Student testimonial
Claudio helped me build the confidence I needed to become a professional drummer. After a few months improving my techniques from his lessons, I signed a contract to play on a cruise ship in Europe.

Geison worked for Pullmantur Cruises from 2006 to 2012 and Royal Caribbean in 2011, traveling to more than 20 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Geison was one of the five finalists of the main Brazilian drummers contest (BATUKA) in 2004.
"Claudio is showing rigour and patience..."
Student testimonial
I've been taking lessons with Claudio for over a year. He is showing rigour and patience to really help improve my coordination and to open up to new beats, patterns and influences. I'm delighted to have him on board of my current musical project. I highly recommend him as a drum teacher.
"So stoked I found this guy..."
Student testimonial
After a few years playing drums in Sydney, Claudio showed me some different drumming styles, and I chose him to teach me how to play drums properly. He's very patient and teaches me according to my skill level. The private drum lessons in Caringbah are cool because the focus is on me. He showed me fundamental exercises that have become very important for the creation of my own fills. So stoked I found this guy! I'd recommend him to anyone looking to further develop their drumming skills.
"Fun mixed to serious and methodical..."
Student testimonial
I had Claudio as my drum teacher for almost two years. He taught me more things in a year than I learned in the 4 previous years of dum lessons in Sydney. My coordination and understanding about rhythms increased enormously, and all this was fun mixed to serious and methodical teaching.
"Claudio is a great teacher..."
Student testimonial
I have been learning drums for more than 2 years now and I am still enjoying it. Claudio is a great teacher, always positive and very patient, with a good sense of humor. You will learn how to play your favourite song faster than you can expect and for that I highly recommend him.

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"Having a ball learning to play..." Sharon Ghosn

I had never before picked up a set of drumsticks but was always keen to have a go. My husband bought me drum lessons for my birthday. That was 6 months ago and I’m still having a ball learning to play. I thoroughly recommend it for any age. Great fun!

"I chose Claudio as my tutor after..." Dennis Szarzynski

I had only three months in Sydney and I chose Claudio as my drum tutor after trying some other methods.

"I will never forget the way you play..." Tomoaki Sato

I will never forget the way you play and the way you think.
Tomoaki Sato

"It has been 4 years and counting..." Nathan E.

I love having a private teacher and benefit from the one on one attention I get from the Drum Lessons Sydney tutor. It has been 4 years and counting.
Nathan E.

"Claudio is teaching me to love drums..." Kathryn

I wanted to play rock songs only, but Claudio encouraged me to try a Samba beat. He is not only teaching me to play a beat, he is teaching me to love drums.

"The right fundamental exercises and..." Antony

I'm left handed and I wanted to play the drum kit without swapping everything around. It was challenging but Claudio had the right fundamental exercises and patience to make it possible.

"I can tell how organised his method is..." Allan

I started learning at Drum Lessons Sydney only a few weeks ago and I can tell how organised his method is, covering with details all aspects of the exercises he teaches.

"Realised he was the best teacher for me..." Clare

After two years learning from another drum tutor in Sydney, I had a lesson with Claudio and realised he was the best drum teacher for me.

Become a member of our drumming family today.
Get in touch and let's organise your first private lesson now!

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