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Mr Christopher Tarr


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 9304 6790, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML1.122
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9304 6790
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML1.122  


Christopher is a Lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Current teaching

  • MUS1314 - Principal Study
  • MUS1306,1315 - Jazz History and Culture 1&2
  • MUS1312,1321 - Special Projects
  • MUS1311,1320 - Large Ensemble
  • MUS1313,1322 - Repertoire Ensemble
  • CUSMLT402A - Articulate ideas about music
  • CUAMPF408 - Develop performance techniques on a second instrument, Drum Set and Piano


After completing his Bachelor of Music with Distinction in 1991, Chris went on to post graduate study at North Texas University, studying drum set and percussion with world renown jazz educator, Ed Soph. During his time at North Texas, Chris attended clinics with David Garibaldi, Jim Chapin, Adam Nassbaum, John Robinson and Bill Stewart, and was fortunate enough to perform with Trilok Gurtu, Steve Smith, Lew Soloff and Louis Bellson. Upon his return Chris became involved in the Perth music scene playing and recording with local artists. He also performed with international jazz artists such as John Taylor, Dave Samuals, Frank Foster, Randy Brecker, Kenny Drew Jnr and Mark Livine. In 1995 Chris won Australia s Best Up and Coming Drummer award and received $3000 worth of prizes and endorsements. Chris is currently teaching at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music Full Time and playing in Afro-Cuban group Descarga.

Research areas and interests

Research areas include improvisation psychology and drum set mechanics in Virtual Reality.


  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts), Edith Cowan University, 2016.
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Edith Cowan University, 2014.
  • Graduate Certificate in Education, Edith Cowan University, 2010.
  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, TAFE WA, 2004.
  • Bachelor of Music, Edith Cowan University, 1991.
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