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.
CERTIFICATE-A (CP-A) 5 CREDITS
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.
Musicianship and Technique Courses:
TIME & GROOVE CLASS 1 ( 4 class sequence – 8 contact hours)
This three class sequence reinforces to students the importance of playing in time and with a musical groove no matter what the technical challenge. Students apply what they have learned by playing with a click track and with a professional rhythm section.
READING PROFICIENCY PROGRAM (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)
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. DRUMMERS MUSICIANSHIP SEQUENCE
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE-1 (8 class sequence – 16 contact hours)
Students work in an ensemble setting learning and applying foundation rudiments. This course focuses on hand technique, ensemble performance, and reading skills. DRUMMERS LAB-1 (8 class sequence – 8 contact hours)
This class is designed to help students integrate all the information that they are receiving in other classes and apply that information towards the steady development of new performance skills.
NON-DRUMMERS MUSICIANSHIP SEQUENCE (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)
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. Rudimentary keyboard technique is integrated into this course, thereby allowing immediate application to all n=material as it is presented. (by placement exam)
BUSINESS SAVVY-1 (1 class – 2 contact hours) This course is offering over a 4-semester period and is for all fulltime students.
Each 2 hour class will cover 2 general topics.
1. CAREER PATH: Independent Contractor, Musical Director, Groups
2. TOURING: Contracts, Compensation, Traveling, A day on tour WINTER SEMESTER:
3. RECORDING CONTRACTS: ROYALTIES, PUBLISHING, ETC.
4. ENDORSEMENTS: from the company’s POV (guest) SPRING SEMESTER:
5. PUBLISHING: Songs, Books, Videos, Articles, (ASCAP, BMI)
6. MANAGEMENT: Business Mgr,. Entertainment Lawyer, SUMMER SEMESTER:
8. SELF-PROMOTION: web sites / Facebook
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. This is the style sequence:
1. US ROOTS (R&B)
2. US ROOTS (JAZZ)
3. ROCK / BLUE
4. TRADITIONAL AFRO-CUBAN
5. TRADITIONAL FUNK-SOUL
6. JAZZ-40'S & 50'S
8. AFRO-POP 1. STYLE ANALYSIS - SERIES 1
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.
2. GROOVE MECHANICS- SERIES 1
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.
3. STYLE RHYTHM SECTION - SERIES 1
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.
Professional Studies Courses:
STUDIO RECORDING 1 (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)
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.
REAL-DEAL REHEARSAL 1 (8 class sequence – 16 contact hours)
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.
Individual Study and Practice:
WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSONS (13 class sequence – 13 contact hours)
Students are assigned a private teacher who acts as the students principle teacher and advisor. Students meet weekly with this teacher 8 times during the semester, usually weekly, starting in week 2 of the semester. Students are also allocated 5 additional elective private lessons with a teacher, or series of teachers, of their choice.
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.