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DRUMS --- INTRODUCTION
Drummers create and reinforce the rhythmic foundation upon which music is built. Their performance can make or break a band. Good players lay down an authentic feel with a dynamic, emotional energy that makes music exciting, compelling, and memorable.

We at MusicTek believe that it is just as important to have a solid curriculum for a beginner as it is for an advanced player, and provide a complete structure for the implementation of materials and learning tools giving priority to - Musical Literacy; Technique; Style and Versatility on the Instrument.

There are six main areas to the MusicTek Drum-set Curriculum:
  • Technical Work:
    • Aimed at developing technical proficiency on the snare drum and drum-set; to build speed, control, and fluidity of motion.

  • Sight Reading:
    • Reading skills starting from the basics; mentoring students through odd and mixed meter challenges.

  • List Pieces:
    • Students play along with recorded material in different styles and grooves. Numerous songs will be analyzed, studied, and memorized. This segment is designed to allow the student gain a working knowledge of the standard drum-set repertoire. Styles covered include: Pop, Rock, Punk, Metal, Jazz, Funk, Country, Blues, Reggae, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, etc.
    • Candidates also write original drum parts for the recorded material and play along pieces, emphasizinga creative approach to the composition of rhythm.

  • Aural Tests:
    • Clapping, tapping and recognition of beats, fills, rhythms and time signatures.

  • Recording Principles & Transcription:
    • Transcription of recorded songs with an emphasis on writing skills
    • Recording principles/techniques of the drum-set
    • Strategies and techniques for productive bandrehearsal and performance

  • General Knowledge:
    • An understanding of the history and development of the drum-set, and an awareness of the rhythms and music genres of the world. The aim of the syllabus is to foster a "grass roots" understanding of the disciplines of the drum-set, and to provide the student and teacher alike with a focus for drum-set studies.
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