Play Drums Melbourne owner Joachim Alfheim is a freelance drummer who has been working professionally in both Europe and Australia for the last 20 years. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Music (Contemporary/Jazz) from the Queensland Conservatorium Brisbane and has been teaching drums for 14 years, both at other music schools and his own teaching studio.

Born in Norway, Joachim (pronounced U-R-KIM) grew up listening to his parents 50/60’s rock ‘n roll records before moving onto the 80’s and 90's rock music like KISS, Iron Maiden, Guns ‘n Roses. He picked up his first set of drum sticks when he was sixteen and shortly thereafter started a few bands with his friends, creating original rock and fusion music. His music taste changed rapidly as he kept learning. He got into acts like Genesis, Sting, Tracy Chapman, Pearl Jam, Police, Toto, Bob Marley and Peter Gabriel, and this influence and love of all kinds of music is what keeps motivating him today.

Joachim had no real opportunities to learn an instrument - in or outside of school -  and therefore spent many hours listening to music to figure out what the drummers where doing on his favorite recordings. Being a self-taught drummer - who then went on to formal study - showed Joachim the benefits of regular drum tuition and inspired him to establish his own teaching studio. Read what his students have to say on the testimonials page.

Known as a dynamic and musical drummer, Joachim plays pop, alt-country, rock, blues, soul, country, reggae, jazz, folk and more. Bands Joachim has worked with include Mardi Lumsden & The Rising Seas, Alan Boyle, Chris Pickering and multi-award winning and ARIA nominated Catherine Britt and Kate Miller-Heidke.

As of 2019, Joachim also runs a business called The Drum Vendor, selling high quality handmade cymbals from Turkey.


Every student's background and expectations are different but below I try to outline the general idea of my teaching philosophy;

The main focus is on musical and practical application of whatever you do on the drums so that you can play easier and with more fluidity around the drum kit. Through a supportive and fun way of learning you get to work on things that are aimed to your own goals, both through reading notes and listening playing alongside me. We might talk about the importance of posture and drum kit set up, work on fundamental technique, grooves and fills or being creative and coming up with your own parts. 

On your first drum lesson you get to go straight onto the drum kit, no practice pad usually for beginner students. For you that are just starting out I focus on getting you comfortable playing basic grooves and fills plus some basic note theory/reading for ease of doing practice at home. Once you are ready for it I like us to work on playing along to music, preferably a music choice of your own!

For those of you that are more intermediate/advanced students the drum lessons are tailored around what you like to work on but often incorporates some of the lesson spent on the practice pad at the start of the lesson for warm up, work on basic grip/technical skills before moving onto the drum kit. We might be working on fill ideas, coordination, ideas for songs that you do with your band...


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Play Drums Melbourne studio is located at Sound City Melbourne, 10/59-61 Hudsons Road, Spotswood, Melbourne. You can walk to the studio in two minutes from Spotswood train station or 8 minutes from bus 472 stop cnr Hudsons Rd and Melbourne Rd. Or you can choose to drive and park for free in the studio car park.

* I do also offer home teaching and Skype lessons - all depending on my current schedule.


Questions? call Joachim on mobile 0403 980 258 or submit an enquiry form.

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