Sydney drummer Andrew Hewitt

Sydney drummer Andrew Hewitt is available for:

  • Freelance Drummer for Hire
  • Drum Kit & Hand Drum/Percussion Tuition
  • Skype & Zoom Online Drum Lessons
  • Drum Clinics/Workshops/Drum Circles
  • Motivational & Keynote Speaking
  • Rehabilitation & Disability Drum Consulting

Freelance Drummer For Hire in Sydney

Andrew Hewitt is available as a freelance drummer to fill in for gigs around Sydney. He is right at home playing pub rock, blues.

Andrew has been known to fill in for drummers at less than a week's notice.

Only requirement, the venue MUST be wheelchair accessible.


Private Drum Lessons in Western Sydney

Would you like to learn drums from Australia's most inspirational drummer, Andrew Hewitt?

Andrew Hewitt is available for Private Tuition close to Penrith in Sydney's Western Suburbs. Andrew can teach many different aspects of drumming, with a key focus on Rock drumming.

Whether you haven't even bought your first drum kit yet or you're looking to refine your skills, Andrew would love to take you on as a student and help you develop those skills to become the drummer you want to be.

Andrew teaches students from Beginner to Intermediate level.

People with disabilities are most welcome, each lesson will be tailored to suit the student's needs. Andrew's teaching studio is wheelchair accessible.

Participants of the National Disability Insuance Scheme (NDIS) can use funding for lessons. Andrew can work with plan or self managed NDIS.

Lessons are charged at $65 per hour or $600 for 10 x hourly lessons.


Drum Circles for People with Disabilities

Andrew can provide drum and percussion workshops which are aimed at children and adults with disabilities to help them express themselves creatively using drums and percussion instruments, at the same time helping them with basic co-ordination skills.

Each of these workshops are tailored to suit the each organisation and participant. For example if a person has trouble holding a drum stick or a mallet, we find a way to widen the stick so that everyone can be involved.

These are group workshops with hands-on involvement for people with varying severities of disabilities. During each workshop, I get the group to create their own form of expression by playing different drums and percussion instruments.

Andrew is an International Endorsed Drum Circle Facilitator for Remo. Check out his page on the Remo Website.


The Rhythmic Arts Project

The Rhythmic Arts Project is an educational program for people with various disabilities which utlises hand drums and percussion instruments. This program is based on The Rhythmic Arts Project, which has been running successfully in the USA since it's conception in 1997.

The methodology is based in perceptual motor match, visual, tactile, and auditory combined with speech. We can see, feel and hear the lessons and simultaneously speak the answers.

In March 2013, Andrew Hewitt went to Santa Barbara, California and attended a specialised TRAP (The Rhythmic Arts Project) Training Seminar. As a result of this, Andrew has become Australia's first TRAP facilitator, which qualifies him to teach the TRAP program to children and young adults with disabilities in Australia.

TRAP'D uses flash cards, dice, easy-to-follow guidebooks, calendars and other tools, teaches basic life skills, from spatial awareness and motor skills to mathematics, focus and visual, tactile and auditory perception. Participants sit in a half circle, taking turns as they follow the teachers instructions and sound out the beat to count, identify colors and shapes, and tell time.

Each TRAP'D session goes for approximately 1 hour, and usually has up to 7 - 12 participants. We recommend sessions 1 every fortnight so that participants can retain things from the session before, and benefit from the program.

Our primary objective is to promote the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their typical peers in all aspects of everyday life.

Through inspiration, leadership and competency -based training, we foster caring and supportive relationships with each child and adult we work with.

On top of being a qualified TRAP facilitator, Andrew is an International Endorsed Drum Circle Facilitator for Remo.

TRAP"D is for everyone. It is about each person having powerful interactions, reaching out to all people, and making connections.


Conference / Expo Speaking and Performance

Andrew Hewitt is available to perform and speak at conferences, training seminars and expos. These presentations go for up to 1 hour, where Andrew discusses his life, having a disability and being a musician with a disability.

Andrew has spoken, performed and presented at conferences and expos all over Australia and beyond. Highlights thus far:

  • Nepean Disability Expo - Penrith, NSW - March 2023
  • Sydney Disability Expo - Homebush, NSW - August 2022
  • Young Regional School of Music - Young, NSW - February 2020
  • The NAMM Show - Anaheim, California (USA) - January 2019
  • Australian Vehicle Conversions Conference, Sydney - August 2018
  • NDS Employment & Disability Conference, Sydney - June 2018
  • Just Music Berlin Drum Clinic, Berlin (GER) - October 2017
  • Arts Access Australia Meeting Place, Berlin (GER) - October 2017
  • ABC TV Lateline (AUS) - September 2017
  • Music No Borders - St Petersburg (via Skype) (RUS) - May 2017
  • The NAMM Show - Anaheim, California (USA) - January 2017
  • ABC TV - News 24 and AM Radio (AUS) - December 2016
  • The NAMM Show - Anaheim, California (USA) - January 2015
  • Arts Activated Conference - Chatswood, Sydney - October 2014
  • Diversional Therapy Australia Conference - Adelaide - September 2014
  • USA Drum Clinic - Santa Barbara, California (USA) - March 2013
  • CP Alliance - Making it Real video series - Sydney - October 2011
  • Roland V-Drum Festival - Sydney - September 2010
  • Australia's Ultimate Drummers Weekend - Melbourne - July 2009
  • Awakenings Festival - Horsham - October 2008
  • Billy Hyde Drummer Playoffs - Sydney - October 2008
  • CP Awareness Week - Perth - August 2008
  • Adelaide Fringe Festival - Adelaide - February 2008
  • Australian Music Therapy Association Conference - Melbourne - October 2007
  • CP Australia Conference - Gold Coast - July 2007
  • Camp Yakety Yak - Adelaide - February 2006
  • Australian Cerebral Palsy Association Conference - Adelaide - March 2005
  • Novita Tech Fest 2005 - Adelaide - March 2005
  • Billy Hyde Drummer Playoffs - Sydney - August 2004