Bonnie Stewart

Drums lessons in-person in Sydney (Eastern Suburbs, Inner West and Northern Beaches)

Contact Details
Bonnie Stewart

– With over a decade of teaching and performance experience, I aim to create an engaging, fun and effective learning environment. Diving into a variety of styles and techniques, I will customise lessons based on your interests and learning style. We will learn technique, rhythm, music theory, aural, improvisation and songs too! I teach from my studio in Clovelly but can also do home visits and online lessons too! Longer lessons are available and recommended for beginners. –

Bonnie Stewart is a drummer, improvisor and songwriter. She was drawn to Australia’s definitive sound in the experimental improvisation and jazz genres and relocated from her native Ireland to Sydney in 2012. Working mainly with drums, percussion, voice and guitar, Bonnie is actively involved in a mix of self led and collaborative projects including Bonniesongs, Crossover, Rebel Scum, Prophets and the Splinter Orchestra. Bonnie’s practice moves between improvisation, performance and songwriting, which has led to collaborative work with visual artists, interdisciplinary artists, contemporary circus producers, and Television and Film creators. Bonnie’s drumming and percussion performance combines textural soundscapes, playfulness and technique and her vocal work has been described as angelic and ethereal. Bonnie’s aesthetic resides between experimentation, folk, indie- rock, jazz, noise and sound art.

Bonnie completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Jazz Drums Performance at Newpark Music Centre (Dublin, IRE) in 2010. She was awarded a travel and training grant from the Irish Arts council to particpate in the School of Improvised Music workshop in New York in 2011. She was also awarded a full scholarship in 2009 to attend a summer intensive workshop at Berklee School of Music in Boston. Most recently, Bonnie was awarded a scholarship to attend in the Australian Art Orchestra Creative Music Intensive in Tasmania.

Since signing with labels Small Pond (UK) and Art As Catharsis (AU) last year, Bonnie’s project Bonniesongs has garnered international radio plays from BBC Radio 6, Triple J, FBi Radio, and RTRFM, as well as press coverage from Paste Magazine, London In Stereo, The Line of Best Fit, CLASH, Tone Deaf, Everything Is Noise, Overdrive Magazine, and a host more.

Teaching Since
Qualifications and Awards
BA (Hons) in Jazz Performance
Music Lessons Provided
Contemporary, Folk, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Rock
Areas Serviced
Sydney (Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, Northern Beaches)
Bondi, Botany, Brighton-le-Sands, Clovelly, Maroubra, Marrickville, Newtown, North Sydney, Randwick, Surry Hills, Tempe, Vaucluse
Other Details
Minimum age taught

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