Time: 11:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME633A
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
Develop your playing skill and musicianship. The focus is on building technical skill through stick control and stylistic authenticity when playing a range of contemporary grooves.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Fluency of mobility around the kit
- Study of contemporary styles, and classic grooves
- Practice at reading music for drums
- Rockschool grades 2 and 3.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- improved stick control and rudimental technique and apply this to the drumset
- Play different styles with the correct 'feel'
- Demonstrate improved 4-way coordination for drums
- play in all time signatures.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For players who have completed Drumming courses in person, and or had substantial 1 to 1 tuition.
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?
Learning as a group, using Google Classroom and in zoom breakout rooms, tutor demonstration and listening to recorded samples. Playing together, play solo; learning grooves by ear and from drum notation. You will be set assignments to facilitate progress and for feedback.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need access to an acoustic or electronic drum kit for these live online sessions, and Zoom set up on PC/ Mac or tablet.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Progress to Drumming: advanced next term, or continue to study at intermediate level.
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.