Keith Carlock

Keith Carlock




Hello, I'm glad you've visited my site.

I've been playing music since I was 6 years old. I started learning drums when I was 13 and have been teaching drums since I left school in 2000.

I've been fortunate to perform with some incredible groups and on some amazing stages throughout New Zealand and overseas. Some highlights would include The Thomas Oliver Band opening for Joe Cocker and Cold Chisel and performing in Melbourne, Australia. I've also toured South Korea (2012) and China (2013, 2015) with Strike Percussion with the tour of 2015 including 6 concerts in 5 cities.

I really enjoy passing on the knowledge I've gained and continue to develop through performance, private tuition and online tutorials. I studied Jazz Performance at Massey University and have a great insight into what it takes to seek music as a career.

So whether beginner or advanced, professional or hobbyist, whatever your favourite style of drumming/music is I am happy to help you achieve your goals.

I look forward to meeting you! Tom.



Empire Drum Academy is pleased to offer private tuition to suit your timetable and budget.

Lessons are usually 30mins or 60mins and are booked in four lesson blocks (in advance). Masterclasses are also available for individuals or school groups.

I have a range of resources at Empire Drum Academy including many DVD's, method books and playalong CD's from the leading contemporary drummers. 

I will instruct students on the importance of feel, dynamics and tone, while working on groove concepts in all styles and also placing an emphasis on technique. I am a sixth generation Moeller technique instructor, coming from the lineage of Moellers revolutionary teaching methods and can teach all techniques not limited to:

  • Gladstone technique
  • Moeller technique
  • Tap, Up, Full, Down technique
  • finger technique
  • Push/Pull technique

Please let me know your interests, goals and dreams and we'll work to make it a reality!


+64 27 227 0070