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-B (0 CREDITS)
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.
This program includes the following courses:
TIME & GROOVE PREP CLASS
This three class sequence continues to work with students on 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.
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 2 (drummers only)
Students continue to study rudimental drumming with a focus on application to the rhythm section and the percussion ensemble.
or BASICS OF INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUE 2 (non-drummers)
Students apply the basics of proper instrumental technique with a focus on proper hand and body position and correct fingerings to typical rhythm section and instrumental ensemble material.
STYLE PREP SEQUENCE
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.
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.
and REAL-DEAL REHEARSAL PREP 2
Students continue to 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-B program receive 9 anchor private lessons with the Prep-B 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.