As an educator Alex Pertout has played a key role in the development
of contemporary and world music styles in Australia. This has
developed through his influential work as a leading performer, composer, improviser working in a
of genres — rock, pop jazz, latin, folk, television, theatre, jingles,
soundtracks, orchestral — as a leading percussion expert, author, tutor, clinician — and through his role as an academic.
He is a Senior Lecturer in the Jazz & Improvisation Department at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne where he has also held the leading roles of Head of Contemporary Music Performance and Head of Jazz & Improvisation, developing the curriculum for both the undergraduate and honours programs. He directed the program for sixteen years establishing formal performance opportunities featuring established and emerging artists, introduced and array of world music performance settings and an Australian indigenous ensemble into the curriculum inviting acclaimed practioners such as Kutcha Edwards, Tom E Lewis, Lou Bennet, Liz Cavanagh, Joe Geia and Jessie Lloyd to direct. He also connected nationally and internationally with leading artists inviting them to partake with the student cohort on campus, some of these artists include Joe Zawinul, Mike Stern, Tom E Lewis, Richard Bona, Kutcha Edwards, Mark Levine, Raul Rekow, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Grabowsky, Sandy Evans, Hossam Ramzy, Andrea Keller, Jeff Tain Watts, Dave Valentin, Shane Howard, Kristin Berardi, Karaikudi Mani, Lew Soloff, Chad Wackerman, Mick Nock, David Jones and Dave Samuels among many others.
He has also been an international external examiner for the Singapore Polytechnics and has conducted masterclasses and workshops
the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Australian National University (ANU), University of Visual and Performing Arts in Colombo (Sri Lanka), Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore), Alandale College, NMIT, Chisholm College, Australian Drummer's Weekend Festival, Piccolo
Festival, Future Music, Shepparton Arts Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Music Junction, Royal
Australian Air Force, Victorian Rock Foundation, The Boite, Drumtek, Electric Factory and the Adelaide
As an author Alex has released a book for instrumentalists and vocalists titled Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book designed to develop sight reading and rhythmic skills, published and distributed worldwide by Mel Bay Publications. Alex writes regular percussion articles for Drumscene, was the Australian correspondent for Drum! (USA) and has written articles for Australian Musician, World Percussion & Rhythm (USA), Transition (Holland) and Jamm magazine.
At VCA with guest artist Joe Zawinul and Dean Tony Gould
AREAS OF EXPERTISE AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
▪ World Percussion: instruments, techniques, performance
▪ Afro-Latin American Percussion: history, instruments, techniques, repertoire, performance
▪ Latin American Music: styles, instruments, repertoire, performance
direction, development, repertoire, performance, composition
▪ Percussion Ensemble: development, repertoire, performance, composition
▪ Rhythm: concepts, development techniques, repertoire
▪ Improvisation: development, materials, techniques, styles
▪ Music Education: programs, solo and group performance development, curriculum development
▪ Recording: laptop recording, production, multitrack techniques, studio performance
Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book
Mel Bay Publications Inc.
Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book Website
Master of Philosophy in Music (ANU)
The Conga Drum: Development, Technique, Styles, Improvisations and the
contribution of master drummer Ramon ‘Mongo’ Santamaria
Australian National University 
Pertout, Alex. Travel Diary: Cuba 2017. Drumscene. 2017 (90): 22-23.
— . Pelladito. Drumscene. 2014 (78): 124‐127.
— . Life Changing Rhythmic Adventure To Havana, Cuba. Drumscene. 2014 (78): 120-121.
— . The Conga Drum: A Historical Perspective. Drumscene. 2012 (67): 126‐127.
— . The Conga Drum: Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria's Contribution. Drumscene. 2010 (61): 100‐101.
— . The Conga Drum: Technical Development. Drumscene. 2010 (60): 98‐99.
— . Manny Oquendo's Mozambique. SA Drums & Percussion. South Africa. 2005 (Sept-Nov): 25.
— . An Introduction to South Indian Rhythmic Tradition ‐ Part 1. Drumscene. 2005 (42): 85‐85.
— . An Introduction to South Indian Rhythmic Tradition ‐ Part 2. Drumscene. 2005 (43): 85‐85.
— . Conga Pioneer Part 2. Drumscene. (41): 77‐77.
— . Conga Pioneer Part 1. Drumscene. (40): 86‐86.
— . Introduction to South Indian Rhythmic Tradition Part 2. Drumscene. 2005 (43): 85‐85.
— . Introduction to South Indian Rhythmic Tradition Part 1. Drumscene. 2005 (42): 85‐85.
— . The Ibo. Drumscene. 2004 (38): 36‐36.
— . Lenny Castro's Touch. Drumscene. 2003 (32): 76‐76.
— . A Day With Lenny Castro. Drumscene. 2003 (32): 44‐44.
— . Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria. Obituaries. The Age. 2003.
— . Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria. Drumscene. 2003 (32): 12‐12.
— . The Cajon. World Percussion & Rhythm. USA. 2002: 24-25.
— . The Percussive Artistry of Luis Conte. Drumscene. 2002 (31): 66‐66.
— . A Day With Luis Conte. Drumscene. 2002 (31): 62‐62.
— . Small Percussion: A Methodical Approach ‐ Part 2. Drumscene. 2002 (30): 64‐64.
— . Small Percussion ‐ A Methodical Approach – Part 1. Drumscene. 2002 (29): 74‐74.
— . Bongos: A Roberto Roena Solo. Drumscene. 2002 (28): 66‐66.
— . Bongos: Incorporating Fills. Drumscene. 2002 (27): 58‐58.
— . Bongos: The Martillo. Drumscene. 2001 (25): 57‐57.
— . Bongos: An Introduction. Drumscene. 2001 (25): 56.
— . The Percussive Artistry of Manolo Badrena. Drumscene. 2001 (24): 59‐59.
— . A Day With Manolo Badrena. Drumscene. 2001 (24): 26‐27.
— . Sight Reading: The Rhythm Book. Pacific, MO, United States: Mel Bay Publications Inc. 2001.
— . Tito Puente. Drumscene. 2000.
— . A Day With Melena Francis. Drumscene. 2000.
— . The Conga Drum: An Introduction. Drumscene. 1999.
— . Merge A Memoir Of The Senses: MSO Development and Performance. Drumscene. 1999.
— . Conga Improvisation: The Raul Rekow Style. Drumscene. 1999.
— . A Day With Raul Rekow. Drumscene. 1999.
— . Berimbau: The Heart Of Capoeira. Drumscene. 1998.
— . Life In The Studio: On Recording. Drumscene. 1998.
— . Just Another Day In The Park. Review. Transition Magazine. Holland. 1998: 20-21.
— . Samba The Brazilian Heartbeat: Tamborim and Agogo Rhythms. Drumscene. 1998.
— . Samba The Brazilian Heartbeat: Rhythmic Directions. Drumscene. 1998.
— . Samba The Brazilian Heartbeat: Essential Parts. Drumscene. 1998.
— . Bomba: Afro‐Puerto Rican Treasure. Drumscene. 1997.
— . Afro‐Peruvian Percussion: The Cajon. Drumscene. 1997.
— . Sight Reading Rhythm: An Introduction. Australian Musician. 1996.
— . Argentinian Rhythms: Zamba and Chacarera. Drumscene. 1996.
— . Mozambique: The Manny Oquendo Touch. Drumscene. 1996.
— . Clave Concepts: Tito Puente's Para Los Rumberos. Drumscene. 1996.
— . Six‐Eight Rhythms: An Introduction. Drumscene. 1995.
— . Guaguanco: Afro‐Cuban Rumba. Drumscene. 1995.
— . Clave Concepts: Afro Cuban Rhythms. Drumscene. 1995.
— . Afro-Percussion: Styles. Jamm Magazine. 1978: 21.
At VCA with guest artist Raul Rekow (Santana)
The following constitute an array of educational topics I have researched for decades, have vast experience in and am very interested in offering by the way of masterclasses, workshops, clinics, classes and/or any other educational programs or events. If you feel that I may be able to assist you please feel free to contact me.
▪ LATIN AMERICAN Ensemble
▪ WORLD MUSIC Ensemble
▪ LATIN JAZZ Ensemble
▪ BRAZILIAN Ensemble
▪ ANDEAN Ensemble
▪ AFRO-LATIN AMERICAN Percussion
▪ AFRO-LATIN AMERICAN Percussion Ensemble
▪ LATIN AMERICAN RHYTHMS For The Drum Kit
▪ MALLET PERCUSSION Ensemble
▪ RECORDING STUDIO Percussion
▪ RHYTHMIC DEVICES Pulse And Groups Development
▪ SOUTH INDIAN RHYTHMIC PRINCIPLES Konnakol Development
▪ IMPROVISATION MATERIALS Rhythmic Cell Techniques
▪ COMPOSING AND ARRANGING For The Latin American Ensemble
▪ COMPOSING AND ARRANGING For The Latin Percussion Ensemble
▪ COMPOSING AND ARRANGING For Percussion