Drumming: advanced

Course Dates: 21/04/24 - 30/06/24
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Location: Online
This next term of our advanced course is an opportunity to practise all the essential popular grooves we have tackled. Enhance and maintain your technique, reading and stamina. Sessions will be delivered online so you will play your own kit, acoustic or electronic.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Drumming: advanced
  • Course Code: ME632C
  • Dates: 21/04/24 - 30/06/24
  • Time: 11:00 - 12:30
  • Taught: Sun, Daytime
  • Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Mark Huggett

Course Code: ME632C

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Sun, day, 21 Apr - 30 Jun '24

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Note: Course starts today, check start time

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 4582 0412

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What is the course about?

For able drummers who want to take their playing further and to build confidence in musical ability, in a supportive group class. Practise a variety of styles including Rock, World Music, Jazz, Reggae and Funk with confidence, control and authenticity.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Contemporary rock, jazz, funk, and world music styles
- Establishing a good practice routine
- Developing coordinated independence to enable a solid technique
- Improving stick control through a sound understanding and application of rudiments
- Tunes from the Rockschool grade 8 syllabus
- Sight reading
- How to use a wide variety of drum books effectively.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Develop and sustain a sound practice routine away from class
- apply rudimental technique to the drum set in a creative way
- Play a wide range of different styles with the correct 'feel'
- Play drum charts accurately
- Demonstrate improved coordinated independence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

For players who have successfully completed prevoius editions of Drumming advanced, and drummers with equivalent level of technical competence e.g. play paradiddles at 80bpm, establish a groove for rock, Latin, funk and swing.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Learning as a group, using your own electronic or acoustic kits, playing together and solo
Tutor demonstrations; recorded and youtube samples will support your learning
Playing by ear, and using notation of various kinds
Learning grooves by ear and from notation
Students are encouraged to create a forum to share knowledge, to film examples in class, and to keep a record of their learning. E learning is built in to this course.
Please expect to dedicate time to practise between classes: there will be homework focusing on specific skills, and you should be prepared to devote time to general study of the instrument.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You'll need a full acoustic or electronic kit for these live classes on zoom.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Continue your study with this tutor when the next edition of drumming advanced is scheduled.

Mark Huggett Tutor Website

I am a fully qualifiied teacher (PGCE) and professional musician . I have taught for City Lit since 2008 and have also taught in Secondary school and private Music college. I also work on Jazz Summer schools and workshops in partnership with The Vortex Jazz Club I have played Drums with a wide range of artists such as Prince Buster, Annie Whitehead and Jason Rebello. I have also played a wide range of styles from Jazz to Ska and Rock and electronic music . I run the independent Jazz label Jazz Direct and have produced many albums, one of which, Max Roach Park was nominated for Jazz album of the year in South Africa. I've worked extensively in TV and radio and toured all over Europe including major festivals such as Glastonbury, and in South Africa I love Music and I love teaching and am currently enjoying exploring all the possibilities of online delivery of teaching. I have a home recording studio using Logic Pro and a location recording set up for concerts. I have set up my home studio to faciltate online learning I also love Art and have a BA in Fine Art and believe in the power of Music and Art to unlock creative potential and enrich peoples lives.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.