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Reading 101 (Levels I, II, III, IV- three months each)
Description: - Primary focus provides drummers with the essentials to development reading skills that prepare for drum set notation and drum chart reading. Performance of single-line drum notation including solos. Emphasis on notation, (quater, eigth, sixteenth notes, & triplets) dynamics, & music form. Covers: Fundamentals of notation and moves toward syncopation. Later modules introduce syncopation.

Hand Technique 101 ( Levels I, II, III, IV- three months each)
Description: - Primary focus provides drummers with the essentials to development technique. Performance of drum rudiments & rudimental solos. Emphasis on "40 International Drum Rudiments". Covers: Fundamentals of hand technique, drum notation. Prepares the student for Gladstone & Moeller Methods, analyzed & detailed.

Drumset Coordinated Independence 101 ( Levels I, II, III, IV- three months each)
Description: - Primary focus provides drummers with development of abilities on the drum set. Emphasis on "time keeping" and function within they rhythm section. Covers: Fundamentals of hand and foot technique, drum notation, coordinated independence. Rock & later phases introduce R&B, Funk styles analyzed & studied. Students learn/ perform with pre-recorded rhythm section tunes from the style.

Latin Studies Course 101 ( Levels I, II, III, IV- three months each)
Prerequisites: Ability to read music - "Intro to Drumset" or equivalent experience.
Discription: Latin/ Afro-Cuban drumming module - involves styles including: Samba, Bossa Nova, Songo, and Mozambique, Bembe etc. Later levels move the student toward independence and improvisation using the attributes of the styles. Students learn/ perform with pre-recorded rhythm section tunes from the style.

Jazz Studies Course 101( Levels I, II, III, IV- three months each)
Prerequisites: Ability to read music - "Intro to Drumset" or equivalent
Discription: This jazz drumming module - involves using music exercises to gain independence skills in the style. It also involves learning basic jazz interpretation, phrasing and fills. Students learn/ perform with pre-recorded rhythm section tunes from the style.

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