Staff of the Australian Percussion Academy


Welcome to Australian Percussion Academy!

For more than 20 years of teaching percussion I have been trying to create a musical culture of excellence in percussion-playing. I have always encouraged students to have high individual responsibility and discipline, have goals – the first step to achieving excellence.

However having fun is also very important. We have a saying, “Hard work and good times go hand in hand, but as it so happens hard work comes first”.

Sergei Golovko, Director of the Australian Percussion Academy,                 Artistic Director of the Australian Marimba Competition

Sergei has completed his studies at the Moscow State Conservatory and Russian Academy of Music.
 He has toured internationally, playing to audiences in England, Austria , France , Italy , Switzerland , Finland , Belgium , Germany, China, Colombia and other countries. Internationally acclaimed virtuoso marimba and xylophone soloist, he has been awarded prizes and honorary diplomas at domestic and international festivals such as the “National Percussion Content”, the International Festival in China (Chengdu) and the “Vienna-Music” and “Radio-France” Festivals in Europe. 
Sergei's colourful interpretations of famous compositions, combined with master marimba technique that he has acquired have attracted tremendous public appeal.

Sergei was teaching at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne (1997-2006), he was Artistic Director of the Australian Drummers Show Band (1998-2000), Musical Director and Conductor for the Australia Day Concerts on Federation Square in 2006 and 2008. He was working with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, playing as a guest-soloist on ABC Radio and Television and for TV Channel 10 Programs, also playing shows, doing recordings for movies, commercial advertisements and participating in Melbourne International Festivals.

Sergei Golovko is International Master Educator Endorser with "Malletech" (USA)











Therese Ng - Orchestral Percussion and Drum set.

Hong Kong born Therese Ng started learning percussion at the age of 8 and moved to Melbourne in 2011 to study at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School to further her studies.  An outstanding performer on the Marimba, Therese has been awarded in both the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod and the Australian Marimba Competition.

In 2017 Therese has won 1st Prize at the Australian Marimba Competition in Open Marimba Section.

Committed to raising the profile of the Marimba, she has appeared as a soloist on The Talent for 3MBS.  Equally at home as a virtuoso soloist, chamber musician or orchestral section member, she enjoys playing in a range of ensembles.  Therese is currently studying a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the University of Melbourne.

Therese is also a passionate and dedicated music teacher.  To keep her young students interested and engaged in lessons, she often uses the Orff Method of music teaching. Her lessons are presented with an element of “play,” helping her students learn at their own level of understanding.  Therese makes sure her students leave the classroom with new knowledge in their brain and a happy smile on their face.

altSergei Golovko - Orchestral Percussion and Drum set.

International Master Educator Endorser with "Malletech" (USA), Marimba and Xylophone soloist, Workshops presenter with “Musica Viva” and Department of Education. Sergei's VCE students are showing the best results in their final VCE exams and have been selected many times for the Top Class Concerts “VCE Season of Excellence”.





Artists in residence:

altJohn Arcaro - Orchestra Percussion, Timpani

John Arcaro has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 1990. He has also been a guest timpanist/percussionist with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa Japan, Malaysian Philarmonic, Sydney Symphony, WA Symphony and TAS Symphony orchestras. He has worked as a chamber musician and soloist with ensembles such as Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra,Synergy Percussion, Speak Percussion, Astra, Aphids and others. Performance highlights have included a critically acclaimed performance of Stockhausen's "Kontakte" in 1996. John has recorded numerous film scores and performed with a wide range of popular artists, including Frank Sinatra, Olivia Newton-John, KISS. John studied in New York and Philadelphia with leading orchestral percussionists and graduated from Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) with high distinction. He is currently a member of staff at the University of Melbourne.

altCraig Beard - Jazz improvisation, vibes

Craig has been a performer and educator since 1983. He studied with Dave Samuels and David Friedman. He has recorded for the ABC with his own Quartet and with numerous other projects. Craig teaches at the V.C.A. and was the Head of Percussion at Box Hill TAFE until 1998. He has performed and recorded with artists including Joe Camilieri, Jex Saarelhat, Tony Gould, the Bharatam Dance Company, and for many soundtracks including the critically acclaimed film "Two Hands". Craig has written columns for the national magazine "DRUMSCENE". In 1997, Craig is endorsed by Billy Hydes to play and demonstrate "Musser" instruments throughout Australia.


altDavid Jones – Drums, percussion

David is often described both here and abroad as being one of the most innovative and musical drummers in the world. David Jones is one of the world's great drummer/percussionists and one of Australia's virtuoso musicians. He is taking the art of drumming and percussion to a new level with his solo concerts. Wherever David travels throughout the world, audiences are blown away with his playing, and his reputation is rapidly spreading on the world scene. "I must say he left the whole audience, including myself and all other well known drummers in nothing less than a trance. When he was done, he recieved a well deserved standing ovation" Michael Shrieve (drummer for Santana)