School of Music  |  New York City    Drummers Collective, Bass Collective, Guitar Collective, Keyboard Collective

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Please note - Specific course offerings, in terms of topic areas, class hours, number of assigned lessons, and practice time, are subject to adjustment on a semester-to-semester basis without prior notice.

 

PREP - A COURSE (0 CREDITS)

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.
 
This course includes the following courses:

TIME & GROOVE PREP CLASS
This three class sequence introduces students to the importance of playing in time and with a musical groove. Students apply what they have learned by playing with a click track and with a professional rhythm section.

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.  
 
MUSICIANSHIP
This class introduces the basic theoretical concepts, and skill sets required for every well trained musician, and applies them in a direct an immediate way to the keyboard. Course work covers rhythm and pitch notation, scales, and key signatures.
 
RUDIMENTAL DRUMMING 1 (drummers only)
Students are introduced to the study of rudimental drumming as a foundation for a solid drumming technique.
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BASICS OF INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUE 1 (non-drum students)  
Students are introduced to the basics of proper instrumental technique with a focus on proper hand and body position and correct fingerings and hand positions for commonly used scales and arpeggios.
 
STYLE PREP SEQUENCE

STYLE PREP CLASS 1
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.
 
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.
 
REAL-DEAL REHEARSAL PREP 1
Students work together in a rhythm section format, under the supervision of a faculty member, to rehearse in a series of practical real-life situations, the mastery of which is essential to every performing rhythm section musician.
 
WEEKLY ANCHOR TEACHER PRIVATE LESSONS
Students are assigned a private teacher who acts as the students principle teacher and advisor. Students meet weekly with this teacher on a weekly basis, usually stating in week 2 of the semester. Students enrolled in the Prep-A program receive 9 anchor private lessons with the Prep-A program.
 
DAILY INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE TIME
Students are assigned 2 hours a day during the week, open hours on the week end, and additional hours available at off peak times throughout the week.

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