Visit the website:       

Established in 2007, the Melbourne Tabla School has venues in Carlton and Thornbury where both individual and group classes are taught. The tabla lessons are aimed at students gaining the correct technique and tone quality to allow them to create their own music and their own improvisations as tabla players. All lessons are constructed to suit each students needs while maintaining the sublime tradition of Indian tabla. Students that prefer to learn a more contemporary approach to tabla can do so while also learning some of the traditional aspects of tabla playing. Students that have a greater interest in the tradition of Indian tabla can follow the same teaching methods that Sam has learnt while living in India. Students also learn how to use the Indian recitation system known as tabla bols in learning the
art of tabla playing.

Sam Evans has 15 years experience in teaching percussion and tabla to students of all ages and levels from primary, secondary and tertiary to mature age and professional players. He holds Bachelor, first class Honours and Masters degrees in music performance (tabla) and is currently completeing a performance based PhD in tabla on the prestegious Sir James McNeil Scholarship. Sam learnt the art of tabla playing in India from the great tabla master Pandit Anindo Chatterjee,

Tabla Ensembles
Regular students are invited to join a tabla ensemble that are run to help students develop skills in playing with other musicians. Students join ensembles that are suitable for their level of playing, from beginners to advanced and have the opportunity to perform in these ensembles in the end of year concert.

Guest Artists
As part of the process of learning tabla, students have the opportunity to join workshops and masterclasses with guest artists at the school on a regular basis. These masterclasses provide students with the opportunity to practice there developing skills with skilled artists. The school has hosted many international guest artists including: Pandit Debasis Chakroborty, (Indian Classical Guitar), Dr. Lovely Sharma (Sitar), Samuel Das (Sitar) and Sangeet Mishra (Sarangi) as well as a variety of local artists.

End of Year Tabla Concerts
All regular students are invited to perform at our end of year tabla school concerts. Held at a variety of venue across Melbourne, the end of year concerts are an opportunity for students to perform in a welcoming environment, to meet other tabla players and see performances from students of all levels.

Watch Videos of previous Melbourne Tabla School Concerts.

Lessons Times
3:00 to 9:30pm Monday to Wednesday.

Individual Lessons
1 hour        $70
30 minutes       $40

Paired Lessons - 2 People
1 hour - per person       $40
30 minutes - per person       $25

Group Lessons
Group Classes are run in 10 week sessions
Total for 10 weeks: $250

Tabla Hire
Take home tabla set per week       $10
Tabla Sets for use during lessons      Free

Contact Information
For more information:
For timetable information and availability of lesson times
or more information, phone or email

Tabla at VCE and University Level in Australia
As part of running the Melbourne Tabla School, Sam has established a pathway for learning the tabla in formal education in Australia. After much work with the VCE board it is now possible to sit VCE exams on tabla in Australia. There is now a syllabus for tabla in place at the VCE that has been designed by Sam that can be used by any students wishing to sit their final secondary schooling exams on tabla (as distinct from percussion). Sam has also created a tabla syllabus that is currently in place at Monash University and Melbourne Polytechnic. For the first time in Australia, students can now study tabla in formal eduction from secondary schooling all the way through to under-graduate and post-graduate level.

Monash University
As well as running the tabla school Sam lectures at Monash University in Indian music, Indian rhythm and world music. He designed and runs a mutiple level course in Indian Rhythm at Monash University and is the director of the World Music Orchestra: a 24 piece ensemble that plays a variety of ethnic music from around the world.

Tabla Sales, Repair & Hire
The Melbourne Tabla School assists students in obtaining professional quality tabla from India. Complete tabla sets, cases and accessories are available for purchase through our long established links in India. Beginning students may hire tabla sets for practice at home. Tabla repairs and reskinning are also available. For more information on purchase and hire visit us at

| © 2017 Sam Evans all rights reserved |                                                                                                                                                                              


gigs | music | teaching | bio | multi-media | links | contact | bands | home