Drums & Percussion Teachers

Adrián Pizarro

Adrián Pizarro is a musician, composer, arranger, teacher and researcher of music and its history. His work as an orchestral musician, within musical groups and his complimentary piano ability ensure his talent and experience are well grounded.
He has an innate ability to share his wealth of knowledge and provides a nurturing learning environment to all his students.
Adrián is passionate about teaching and training students; he enjoys motivating his students to fulfill their musical goals.
His passion for, and research into, Latin music has been developed over many years. During his university studies in Colombia he explored Salsa, Son and other Latin genres.
Adrián has found in music everything he needs to live a fulfilling life. Music has given him the discipline and patience to achieve his goals, connect with his inner self and others.
He looks forward to sharing his passion with new students at Music Works Magic.

Kaylie Melville

Kaylie Melville (B. Mus Perf Hons) completed her Bachelor of Music with first class honours in percussion performance at the University of Western Australia in 2010. As a percussionist and drummer, Kaylie was a founding member of the Quadraphonic Percussion Quartet, a casual player with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and an active member of the Perth musical theatre scene. In November 2010, Kaylie travelled to Indianapolis to perform David Pye's "Rebena Loops" quartet at the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention (PASIC). Since relocating to Melbourne, Kaylie has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Sinfonia. In addition to this extensive performance experience, Kaylie has taught in schools and privately since2004, working with students of all ages as a music tutor and ensemble director.

Therese Ng

Therese Ng holds a Master of Music (Performance Teaching) and a Bachelor of Music (Honours, 1st Class) from the University of Melbourne, and is currently pursuing a Master of Teaching at the Australian Catholic University. 

As a young and passionate percussion performer, Therese was awarded 1st Prize in the ENKO International Music Competition (2018), 1st Prize in the Australia Marimba Competition (2017), 2nd Prize in the Concerto Competition for Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (2016), and many more.  Therese’s recent performance highlights include duo recital Passion with pianist Chris Wong in Melbourne, her sold-out solo recital concert Take Me Home in Hong Kong and solo recital performance at Inc. Percussion Days in Tokyo.

Therese has studied with Keiko Abe (2019), Kuniko Kato (2016-2018), Steve Falk (2012-2019), Peter Neville (2013-2016), Tony Floyd (2018-2019) and Dr Lung Heung-Wing (2008-2010). She continues to share her love for music as a passionate
percussion educator to students across Melbourne.

Therese has been teaching classical percussion and drum kit for over 6 years. Schools that she has worked at including Mac. Robertson Girl’s High School, Scotch College, McKinnon Secondary College, Methodist Ladies’ College, the Australian Percussion Academy, and more. Therese is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Therese works with students of all ages and levels and loves incorporating fun activities in her lessons. She highly values authenticity in music and is dedicated to helping her students develop their unique performance styles and reach their full potential.