Year Course

The One Year Certificate Program for Drummers:

Students enrolled in this program will dramatically improve technical skills, broaden their understanding and appreciation of critical musical concepts, and be inspired to undertake and meet the challenges and requirements associated with achieving success in today’s professional music environment.

The curriculum is designed to provide many hours of structured, disciplined practice and performance opportunities aimed at addressing the primary issues associated with success in drumming:

  • Time/Pulse Awareness
  • Technique/Relaxation
  • Control/Balance/Independence
  • Focus/Concentration
  • Style/Musical Interpretation
  • Creativity/Musical Expression
  • Listening/Communication/Improvisation
  • Discipline/Commitment

One of the most valuable tools for developing one’s craft, and also an integral part of the music business, is recording technology. We believe strongly that technical training and hands on experience in this field should be integrated into students’ course work while attending this program. We have multiple recording studios with state of the art equipment. Also available are ample opportunities to practice recording from both the performance and engineering sides of the glass.

Technique M-W-F 10:00 – 10:55
Course will focus on developing maximum efficiency and control with hands and feet by employing principles of relaxation, physics, and economy of motion. Specific approaches to be covered include the “Moeller Method” (as taught by Jim Chapin), “Free Stroke Method” (pioneered by Joe Morello) and the various systems, concepts, and philosophies prescribed by Freddie Gruber. The aforementioned instructors are world renowned for their influence on and participation in the evolution of modern drumming techniques.

Sight Reading T-TH 10:00 – 10:55
Familiarity with rhythmic, melodic and harmonic notation is integral to having a complete understanding of the mechanics and aesthetics of music. This course will involve reading classical style snare drum compositions, melodic etudes for mallet instruments, and drumset charts associated with studio drumming and jazz.

Rhythm Lab M-W-F 11:00 – 11:55
This class addresses the mathematical nature of time and subdivision with a heavy emphasis on strengthening concentration, coordination, independence, and improvisational skills. Exercises are designed to develop a strong internal pulse while focusing on rhythmic and compositional devices such as syncopation, rhythmic calibration, metric modulation, odd meter, rhythmic displacement, diminution, augmentation, retrograde, sequence, etc.

Afro-Cuban Ensemble T-TH 11:00 – 11:55
Afro-Cuban music has had an undeniable influence on the evolution and development of modern pop music culture in America today. This class will introduce the instruments and complex rhythms of Brazilian carnival music, Cuban bembe, bata, rumba, macuta, iyesa, palo, Puerto Rican bomba and plena, and West African lenjen, while learning to hear multiple rhythmic patterns in music and developing independence and groove.

Percussion Ensemble M-TH 12:30 – 1:25
This course provides exposure to the percussion instruments and literature associated with orchestral music. Students will learn and perform arrangements involving vibes, marimba, tympani, snare drum and multiple percussion set-ups.

Music Theory Wed. 12:30 – 1:25
The purpose of this class is to provide a fundamental understanding of harmony and theory as it applies to popular music from the drummer’s perspective. Students will learn fundamental music notation, major and minor scales, intervals, basic chord structure, principles of voice leading and harmonic progression.

Keyboard Lab Mon. 1:30 – 2:25
This is an introduction to piano designed for drummers. Its intent is to serve as an aural/visual aid to understanding music theory and harmony and to help prepare students for the mallet percussion studies that are to be integrated into the percussion ensemble program.

Drumset Styles Tue. 12:30 – 1:25
These master class workshops will explore a wide range of musical styles taught by premiere players in their field. Their goal is to provide a real-world understanding and appreciation of the depth of versatility and achievement associated with true success in drumming.

Rhythm Section Workshop T-TH 1:30 – 2:55
Students will be coached in a variety of styles of music while performing with some of the most accomplished musicians available. Emphasis will be on groove, interpretation, dynamics, intensity, listening, and communication within the ensemble.

Private Lessons
The focus of these lessons is to identify and address the needs and goals specific to each individual while encouraging and promoting the development of their own unique voice and musical personality. Lesson time will be arranged per student.

Recording Lab Friday 12:30 – 2:20
This course is designed to train students in the art and science of audio engineering and sound reinforcement. Students will learn the concepts and applications of signal chain theory, sound wave science and acoustics, and be provided an abundance of hands on experience using the many tools available in a state of the art recording studio. Topics to be covered will include microphone technology and applications, microphone pre-amplification, compression/expansion, equalization, effects processing, digital and analog recording concepts, digital editing, and principles of mixing. In addition to the class time recording exercises students will have the opportunity to set up, record, and mix an endless supply of projects on a weekly basis, encompassing musical styles and instrumentation ranging from acoustic singer/songwriters to big band jazz to punk and heavy metal.

The next full year course will commence in Fall 2017.

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