Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: ME630
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will introduce beginners to drumming exercises and technique, and enable you to play the drum kit. A full drum kit is not required for this beginners' course. You will be guided towards development of good practice routines. Understand how to play musically and expressively.
What will we cover?
How to hold the drum sticks
Reading drum notation
The components of a groove
What and how to practise
Drum kit rudiments
Advice on buying a drum kit, acoustic or electronic
Drum kit set up.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Understand the key elements that make up a groove
Understand and practise how to hold the drum sticks
Play a simple groove well
Read drum notation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For complete beginners and people who’d like to acquire essential drum kit playing skills.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor presentation and instruction.
Group synchronised practice of exercises.
Play along exercises, and study of youtube samples.
You will be encouraged to practise key learning points between your weekly sessions.
You will be supported with resources via Google Classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Drum sticks, pen and paper. A practice drum pad - advice on equipment is given at the first class.
A full drum kit is not required for this course but can utilised as part of it.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Drumming 1B next term.
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.