Alex West, B Mus, has a bachelor's degree in music performance from Southern Cross University. With more than 25 years experience as an educator and instrumental teacher, he has been a pioneer in music for Education, Health, Wellbeing and Aged Care. His educational work was honoured by the National Australia Bank for the creation of an in-school program for Blairmount Public School. He designed an innovative cross cultural children's music program "BOOM SNAP CLAP" that received the Schools First Award, culminating in a performance on national television.
In 2008 Alex founded DrumStuff to offer workshops for disabilities, youth and aged care focusing on the facilitation of interactive recreational music programs. Alex expanded on his professional skills to study the HealthRHYTHMS evidence-based group empowerment drumming protocol. Training in the USA with Dr. Barry Bittman, MD and Music Therapist Christine Stevens, MSW, MT. He is also a senior accredited facilitator of the evidence-based Australian DRUMBEAT Program.
His program HEARTBEATS has been highly regarded in
Aged Care Australia. After three years of practice
and research in the use of group drumming with aged
care, Alex has received the Aged Care Better Practice Award
In 2015 Alex became the only Facilitator in
Australia to be endorsed by the REMO Drum Co,
Shannon Sinclair, Recreations Coordinator at RSL LifeCare Australia
"The residents receive many benefits from socialisation, physical movement and connection to the rhythm of life."
Panel Member, Australian Aged Care Quality Agency-Better Practise Awards
"The way this program has evolved seems testament to a genuine and evolving passion and commitment on the part of both the facilitator, Alex West and the aged care provider, RSL LifeCare."