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Drums & Percussion

Tutor: Mark Lockett

Mark graduated from Massey University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz performance. He has studied with known international performers and educators such as Henry Cole, Graham Morgan, Joe Morello, Ari Hoenig, John Riley, Jim Black, Andrew Gander, Felix Bloxman, Ben Vanderwal, and Changuito, to name a few.

From an early age, Mark has been sharing his love of music. He is the author of the drum method book, Drum Recipe, and has taught 2000+ students in over 30 schools in New Zealand, Australia, and the USA.

As a musician, Mark formed the “Mark Lockett Trio” and “Mark Lockett and friends.” He has played with some of the finest American, New Zealand, and Australian musicians such as George Garzone, Roy Hargrove, Joe Cohn, Joel Frahm, Orlando le Fleming, Danny Walsh, Ratzo Harris, Roger Manins, Michelle Nicole, Emma Gilmartin, Alison Wedding, Geoff Hughes, Mark Fitzgibbon, and Jamie Oehlers (winner of the 2003 Montreux Jazz festival saxophone competition).

Mark has released 5 CDs under his own name and as collaborations, including About Time (Move Records), a project with a saxophonist called Mark Lockett + Paul Van Ross live at Spleen (Newmarket Records), Now and Then (Move Records), and Sneaking Out After Midnight (Rattle Records). His most recent CD, Redaction (Rattle Records), is a collaboration with photographic artist Veronica Hodgkinson, taonga puoro expert Richard Nunns, and free music improviser Jeff Henderson.

"As a drummer, I have two roles: as a teacher and as a performing artist. I consider my playing vital to my success as a teacher and my teaching an inspiration for my playing. My students are taught in a professional environment with an emphasis on having fun. Lessons are a combination of structured exercises from various teaching books, play-along CDs, and discussion around individual musical and creative development."


During School Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday