Time: 10:30 - 12:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME670
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
The objective for this short course is to be able to play steady jazz grooves, and understand how to approach playing jazz drum fills in the context of playing with other musicians.
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?
- Playing steady time
- 4-way coordination
- Jazz drumming history including the work of Art Blakey, Gene Krupa and John Christiansen
- Understanding and playing musical form
- Reading notation for drum kit.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Appreciate and assess the work of key jazz drummers
- Demonstrate improved 4-way coordination
- Play a steady jazz ride beat
- Understand the basics of drum notation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need competence at the drum kit, be versed in rock/pop/funk and other styles. You should show an interest in learning about jazz music and protocol.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is practical : playing your kit in the Zoom sessions. You will be taught by tutor demonstration, by listening, analysing and reflecting, and by individual practice. There will be e-learning support for the course. Independent study will be assigned at each class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need access to an acoustic or electronic kit.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
courses for jazz drummers include: Jazz ensembles, City Lit Big Band, Jazz repertoire, Drumming advanced.
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.