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THE COLLECTIVE EXTENSION DIVISION EVENING PROGRAM

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS & GENERAL INFORMATION
 

 

*These programs are available to US Domestic students only*

 

The Collective extension division offers regular Collective fulltime courses for drums, bass, guitar, and keyboard on week-day evenings from 6-10pm. Current program offerings include a 2-semester, 18-week, Prep Program for less experienced players, and the Collective benchmark 4-semester, 36-week, Certificate Program for intermediate to advance level players. Classes are held on either a Monday & Wednesday, or Tuesday & Thursday schedule from 6-10pm.

 

TUITION SUMMARY:

 6-Semester “Year-1 Program” -  $30,000

2-Semester Prep Program - $10,800

4-Semester Certificate Program - $20,500

 

PAYMENT PLANS & MULTI-SEMESTER PROGRAMS 


Payment plans are available for multiple-semester programs only. Programs must be taken consecutively in order to qualify for multiple-semester discount. All multiple-semester program changes must be made 4 weeks prior to the start of the new semester. 

 

TWO-SEMESTER PREP PROGRAM

COURSE DESCRIPTON
This course is designed as the Collective's entry-level course of study, and focuses on developing the rudimentary technical and musicianship skills required for further study, as well as an introduction to the rhythm section and the four foundation styles of Rock, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian. Students are assigned an “anchor” teacher to help guide them through the course work.

TUITION: $10,800


This two-semester course is offered in the fall and spring semesters and meets on Tuesday & Thursday evenings, from 6-10.

 
PREP-A

The A-semester program includes the following courses:

1.  READING PROFICIENCY PROGRAM (8 weeks, plus exam)
The Collective Reading Proficiency Program consists of a series of progressive courses on levels from 1 to 5. Students learn sight-reading skills and the ability to interpret music from a wide variety of sources and formats.  
 
2A. MUSIC THEORY (non drum students) (8 weeks, plus exam)
This class introduces the basic theoretical concepts, and skill sets required for every well trained musician. Course work covers rhythm and pitch notation, scales, and key signatures.

or

2B. RUDIMENTAL DRUMMING 1 (drummers only)  (8 weeks, plus exam)
Students are introduced to the study of rudimental drumming as a foundation for a solid drumming technique.
 
STYLE PREP SEQUENCE

 

3A.  STYLE PREP CLASS 1 (8 weeks, plus exam)
Students work with an instructor on their instrument to develop the conceptual framework and application of applied techniques to perform in a rhythm section setting in the designated contemporary root styles of Rock and Jazz. Each week's class is dedicated to a particular style.
 
3B.  STYLE PREP RHYTHM SECTION (8 weeks, plus exam)
This class gives the student the opportunity to apply the work done in the style preparation and student rehearsal classes in an actual rhythm section setting, playing with professional musicians.
 
4.  WEEKLY ELECTIVE PRIVATE LESSONS (8 weeks)
Students may study with an individual instructor or series of instructors of their choice.
 
This program continues with the work begun in the Prep-A program and focuses on rudimentary technical and musicianship skills, as well as further rhythm section work in the four foundation styles of Rock, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian. Students are assigned an “anchor” teacher to help guide them through the course work.

 
PREP-B

The B-semester program includes the following courses:

 

1.  READING PROFICIENCY PROGRAM
The Collective Reading Proficiency Program consists of a series of progressive courses on levels from 1 to 5. Students learn sight-reading skills and the ability to interpret music from a wide variety of sources and formats.  

2A. MUSIC THEORY
This class introduces the basic theoretical concepts, and skill sets required for every well trained musician.
Course work covers rhythm and pitch notation, scales, and key signatures.

or

2B. RUDIMENTAL DRUMMING 2 (drummers only)
Students continue to study rudimental drumming with a focus on application to the rhythm section and the percussion ensemble.

STYLE PREP SEQUENCE

 

3A.  STYLE PREP 2
Students work with an instructor on their instrument to develop the conceptual framework and application of applied techniques to perform in the designated ethnic root styles of Brazilian and Afro-Cuban. Each week's class is dedicated to a particular style or groove.
 
3B.  STYLE PREP RHYTHM SECTION
This class gives the student the opportunity to apply the work done in the style preparation and student rehearsal classes in an actual rhythm section setting, playing with professional musicians.
 
4.  WEEKLY ELECTIVE PRIVATE LESSONS (8 weeks)
Students may study with the individual instructor or series of instructors of their choice.

 

 

FOUR-SEMESTER CERTIFICATE PROGRAM COURSE DESRIPTION
The Certificate Program is an intensive period of study, which focuses on musicianship skills, style performance competencies, and professional performance experiences. This is the first of this two-part program.
 
TUITION: $20,500

This four-semester course is offered in the fall semester and meets on Monday & Wednesday evenings, from 6-10.

The fall semester program includes the following courses:

Musicianship and Technique Courses:

SEMESTER ONE

 

1.  READING PROFICIENCY PROGRAM (8 weeks, plus exam)
The Collective Reading Proficiency Program consists of a series of progressive courses on levels from 1 to 5. Students learn sight-reading skills and the ability to interpret music from a wide variety of sources and formats.  
 
2A. DRUMMERS MUSICIANSHIP (8 weeks, plus exam)

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE-1 (8 weeks, plus exam)
Students work in an ensemble setting learning and applying foundation rudiments. This course focuses on hand technique, ensemble performance, and reading skills.

or

2B. NON-DRUMMERS MUSICIANSHIP SEQUENCE(8 weeks, plus exam)
MUSIC THEORY/KEYBOARD-1 (8 weeks, plus exam)
This course focuses on establishing a firm base of rudimentary musicianship skills. The course covers music theory, notation, key signatures, chord structures and simple chord progressions. (by placement exam)
 
STYLE COURSE SEQUENCE 1: (8 weeks, plus exam)
Each style is presented in a four-class sequence consisting of a style analysis class followed by two groove mechanic classes and culminating with a pro style rhythm section.

 

Style sequence:

1. US ROOTS (R&B)
2. US ROOTS (JAZZ)
3. ROCK / BLUE
4. TRADITIONAL AFRO-CUBAN


3A.   STYLE ANALYSIS – SERIES 1: ( 4 classes)
Students are introduced to various styles and periods of music, and the important musicians and groups who helped define each style. Faculty demonstrate the role played by each instrument in each style. Course material includes specially selected and representative discographies, which have been compiled by the instructors for class discussion and review.
 
3B.   GROOVE MECHANICS- SERIES 1: ( 8 classes)
This course follows up on the Style Analysis class by having the instructor work with the students in developing the instrumental techniques and conceptual frameworks required to perform competently in the designated style. All instruments meet separately. Students are also given I-pods on with the repertoire compilations are recorded. Each instrument meets separately.
 
3C.   STYLE RHYTHM SECTION – SERIES 1: ( 4 classes)
This is an opportunity for students to work in a rhythm section setting with professional musicians who are experts in the designated style. Student performances are critiqued by the instructor and other rhythm section musicians. Each instrumental division meets separately.
 
Individual Study and Practice: (8 weeks)

 

4.  WEEKLY ELECTIVE PRIVATE LESSONS
Students may study with an individual instructor or series of instructors of their choice.
 

SEMESTER TWO

 

1.  READING PROFICIENCY PROGRAM: (8 weeks, plus exam)
The Collective Reading Proficiency Program consists of a series of progressive courses on levels from 1 to 5. Students learn sight-reading skills and the ability to interpret music from a wide variety of sources and formats.  
 
2A. DRUMMERS MUSICIANSHIP SEQUENCE (8 weeks, plus exam)

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE-1: (8 weeks, plus exam)
Students work in an ensemble setting learning and applying foundation rudiments. This course focuses on hand technique, ensemble performance, and reading skills.

or

2B. NON-DRUMMERS MUSICIANSHIP SEQUENCE (8 weeks, plus exam)
MUSIC THEORY/KEYBOARD-1: (8 weeks, plus exam)
This course focuses on establishing a firm base of rudimentary musicianship skills. The course covers music theory, notation, key signatures, chord structures and simple chord progressions. (by placement exam)
 
STYLE COURSE SEQUENCE 2: (8 weeks, plus exam)
Each style is presented in a four-class sequence consisting of a style analysis class followed by two groove mechanic classes and culminating with a pro style rhythm section.

Style sequence:

5. TRADITIONAL FUNK-SOUL
6. JAZZ-40'S & 50'S
7. GOSPEL
8. AFRO-POP


3A.   STYLE ANALYSIS - SERIES 2
Students are introduced to various styles and periods of music, and the important musicians and groups who helped define each style. Faculty demonstrate the role played by each instrument in each style. Course material includes specially selected and representative discographies, which have been compiled by the instructors for class discussion and review.
 
3B.   GROOVE MECHANICS- SERIES 2
This course follows up on the Style Analysis class by having the instructor work with the students in developing the instrumental techniques and conceptual frameworks required to perform competently in the designated style. All instruments meet separately. Students are also given I-pods on with the repertoire compilations are recorded. Each instrument meets separately.
 
3C.   STYLE RHYTHM SECTION - SERIES 2
This is an opportunity for students to work in a rhythm section setting with professional musicians who are experts in the designated style. Student performances are critiqued by the instructor and other rhythm section musicians. Each instrumental division meets separately.
 
Individual Study and Practice: (8 weeks)

 

4.  WEEKLY ELECTIVE PRIVATE LESSONS
Students may study with an individual instructor or series of instructors of their choice.
 
SEMESTER THREE

 

Professional Studies Courses:

 

1.  STUDIO RECORDING 1: (8 weeks, plus exam)
This course introduces the student to the recording studio. After receiving an over- view of the technical aspects of recording, students are given the opportunity to record over pre-recorded tracks in a variety of settings and styles.
 
2.  REAL-DEAL REHEARSAL 1: (8 weeks, plus exam)
This course gives students the practical experience of working together with a faculty “band leader” in an actual rehearsal situation. Students perform and create arrangements in a variety of styles and settings in response to the demands of the music and the bandleader.

 

STYLE COURSE SEQUENCE 3: (8 weeks, plus exam)
Each style is presented in a four-class sequence consisting of a style analysis class followed by two groove mechanic classes and culminating with a pro style rhythm section.

Style sequence:

 

9.  CARIBBEAN
10. CONTEMPORARY ROCK
11. CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
12. CONTEMPORARY FUNK


3A.   STYLE ANALYSIS - SERIES 3
Students are introduced to various styles and periods of music, and the important musicians and groups who helped define each style. Faculty demonstrate the role played by each instrument in each style. Course material includes specially selected and representative discographies, which have been compiled by the instructors for class discussion and review.
 
3B.   GROOVE MECHANICS- SERIES 3
This course follows up on the Style Analysis class by having the instructor work with the students in developing the instrumental techniques and conceptual frameworks required to perform competently in the designated style. All instruments meet separately. Students are also given I-pods on with the repertoire compilations are recorded. Each instrument meets separately.
 
3C.   STYLE RHYTHM SECTION - SERIES 3
This is an opportunity for students to work in a rhythm section setting with professional musicians who are experts in the designated style. Student performances are critiqued by the instructor and other rhythm section musicians. Each instrumental division meets separately.
 
Individual Study and Practice: (8 weeks)

 

4.  WEEKLY ELECTIVE PRIVATE LESSONS
Students may study with an individual instructor or series of instructors of their choice.
 
SEMESTER FOUR

 

Professional Studies Courses:

 

1.  STUDIO RECORDING 2: (8 weeks, plus exam)
This course introduces the student to the recording studio. After receiving an over- view of the technical aspects of recording, students are given the opportunity to record over pre-recorded tracks in a variety of settings and styles.
 
2.  REAL-DEAL REHEARSAL 2: (8 weeks, plus exam)
This course gives students the practical experience of working together with a faculty “band leader” in an actual rehearsal situation. Students perform and create arrangements in a variety of styles and settings in response to the demands of the music and the bandleader.
 
STYLE COURSE SEQUENCE 4: (8 weeks, plus exam)
Each style is presented in a four-class sequence consisting of a style analysis class followed by two groove mechanic classes and culminating with a pro style rhythm section.

Style sequence:

13. CONTEMPORARY AFRO-CUBAN
14. BRAZILIAN
15. HIP-HOP  
16. DRUMS n BASS / ELECTROINIC


3A.   STYLE ANALYSIS - SERIES 4
Students are introduced to various styles and periods of music, and the important musicians and groups who helped define each style. Faculty demonstrate the role played by each instrument in each style. Course material includes specially selected and representative discographies, which have been compiled by the instructors for class discussion and review.
 
3B.   GROOVE MECHANICS- SERIES 4
This course follows up on the Style Analysis class by having the instructor work with the students in developing the instrumental techniques and conceptual frameworks required to perform competently in the designated style. All instruments meet separately. Students are also given I-pods on with the repertoire compilations are recorded. Each instrument meets separately.
 
3C.   STYLE RHYTHM SECTION - SERIES 4
This is an opportunity for students to work in a rhythm section setting with professional musicians who are experts in the designated style. Student performances are critiqued by the instructor and other rhythm section musicians. Each instrumental division meets separately.
 
Individual Study and Practice: (8 weeks)

 

4.  WEEKLY ELECTIVE PRIVATE LESSONS
Students may study with an individual instructor or series of instructors of their choice.

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