Level 1 
(12.5 Credits – 118.5 contact hours)

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 program includes the following courses:

 (9 class sequence – 13.5 contact hours)
This class is a part of a seven-level sequence, which focuses on music theory, aural skills, and keyboard proficiency.

Reading Proficiency Program:
 (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)
The Collective Reading Proficiency Program consists of a series of progressive courses from levels 1 to 7. Students learn sight-reading skills and the ability to interpret music from a wide variety of sources and formats.

Time and Groove Prep Class 1: (3 class sequence – 6 contact hours)
This three-class sequence introduces students to the importance of playing in time and with a musical groove. Work includes playing a Latin groove for 32 bars with the metronome and transitioning to a shuffle groove. Students apply what they have learned by playing with a click track and with a professional rhythm section.

Instrumental Technical Proficiency 1: (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)

Drums: Students are introduced to the study of rudimental drumming as the foundation for a solid drumming technique. Students study and perform together as an ensemble.

Bass, Guitar, and Keyboard: 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 1: (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)
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 sub-style.

Style Prep Rhythm Section 1: (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)
This class gives the student the opportunity to apply the work done in the style prep classes in an actual rhythm section setting made up of professional musicians.

Prep Real Deal Rehearsal 1: (9 class sequence – 18 contact hours)
Students work together in a rhythm section format, under the supervision of a faculty member, to rehearse a series of practical real-life situations, the mastery of which is essential to every performing rhythm section musician.

Anchor teacher private Lessons: (9 class sequence – 9 contact hours)
Students are assigned a private instructor who acts as the student’s principal teacher and advisor regarding the tasks presented in the overall program. Students meet with this anchor teacher on a weekly basis, usually starting in week 2 of the semester.

Daily Individual Practice Time: 
Students are assigned 2 hours per day during the week, open hours on the weekend, and additional hours available at off-peak times throughout the week.