Founded in 1977 as The Drummers Collective, the school was created by a small group of professional New York City drummers. The idea was to assemble a faculty of top professional players who had the professional experience and the ability and desire to teach. For the past 42 years, this original concept has been the foundation of The Drummers Collective, as well as the other divisions of The Collective.

The Bass Collective was started in 1996, as a complement to The Drummers Collective with the philosophy that drummers andbass players should learn together the music that they play together.

The Guitar and Keyboard Collective divisions were added to The Collective in year 2000. These two new divisions give The Collective a complete rhythm section capability. Rhythm sections are a fundamental part of our curriculum and therefore offer the most effective learning environment for the students of popular music.

The Vocal Collective is the newest division of The Collective, started in the Fall of 2012 in order to accommodate the growingnumber of students interested in developing their vocal skills as a compliment to their first instrument and it has already grown into a viable program for students who are pursuing a career as a professional vocalist.


The mission of The Collective is to be a high quality educational institution in the area of contemporary music performance.


Our goal is to prepare students for careers as well-trained performers of contemporary music by offering a structured curriculum which focuses on developing the highest level of musicianship and which provides the technical, conceptual, and performance-oriented training necessary for artistic and commercial success.


Our objectives include: the student’s development of skills, such as sight-reading and instrumental technique, the assimilation of practical information from music theory to standard contract provisions, and the acquisition of a wide range of performance experience in a variety of typical musical settings and styles. Programs, which range in length from one to eight 10-week quarters, are designed to present specific sequential material to students in small class settings and with a maximum of exposure to professional musicians who are experienced professionals in the specific topic area, and who have demonstrated competency as instructors.

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