Global Sight-Reading and Advanced Rhythmic Solfege
This performance-oriented lab draws on a global selection of musical genres including Indian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Balkan, and African traditions, and utilizes them as structural models or compositional inspiration for a variety of concise yet challenging sight-reading and recitation exercises. Each example is introduced both as a vocal exercise, using native mnemonic or other onomatopoeic syllables to represent the given notation, and performed on a variety of instruments, focusing primarily on the snare drum but also making use of hand percussion and drum set. This course will be of interest to anyone who wishes to advance his/her reading and interpretative skills while exploring new rhythmic concepts and languages outside the classical/orchestral and popular Western genres.
Advanced Brush Lab
Building on ILPD-217, this course offers students the opportunity to improve basic skills. Studies include ballad and swing patterns, odd meters, Latin, solo, and ensemble playing. Various contemporary brush stylists will be examined. In addition, continued repertoire study is included.
Contemporary Electronic Percussion
A comprehensive course on functioning in today's music world with the latest electronic instruments in modern percussion. The program includes hands-on work with electronic drum kits and drum machines, including programming, triggering, and interfacing.
Fusion Repertoire Development and Application
This course will enhance the learning and playing of standard repertoire for the drum set in various fusion styles. Numerous songs will be analyzed, studied, and memorized. This course is designed to allow the student to gain a working knowledge of the standard fusion repertoire.
Alternative Setups for Drum Set and Percussion
Solutions to practical and logistical problems confronting the contemporary percussionist/drummer. Experimentation with alternative setups designed to meet the demands of today's contemporary music and the student's own creative requirements. Topics include new hardware solutions, coordination exercises, and practical musical and orchestrational choices. Various global music drumming traditions will be applied as catalysts in approaching alternative setups.
African Rhythms for Drum Set
This course is a practical application of traditional African rhythms and their application to drum set performance and their use in contemporary Afro-pop music. This course will examine many of the commonly used rhythmic concepts, metric meters, and an analysis of important Afro-pop artists such as Salif Keita (Mali), Baaba Maal (Senegal), Ang?lique Kidjo (Benin), King Sunny Ad? (Nigeria), and Tabu Ley Rochereau (Zaire).
South American Rhythms for the Drum Set
This course develops integrated applications of all South American percussion concepts for the drum set. Topics include identification of various Brazilian, Venezuelan, Uruguayan, Peruvian, Colombian, and Argentinean musical instruments and drum set applications of all rhythms (both with and without a percussionist). Topics are examined from both traditional and nontraditional perspectives.
New Orleans Drumming
A study and analysis of New Orleans drumming styles, from street beats to funk and jazz.
Double Bass Drum Studies
This lab explores the application of two bass drums (and double pedal) in the rock, jazz/rock, and funk/fusion styles. Technical coordination studies include feet positioning, continuous and noncontinuous grooves, and double bass fill/solo concepts.
Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drum Set
This course will develop integrated applications of all Afro-Cuban percussion concepts for the drum set. Topics include drum set performance with no percussionist and with one or more percussionists, physical integration of percussion instruments into the drum set for simultaneous performance by one player, and creation of custom sets and setups for specific musical situations. Topics will be examined from both traditional and nontraditional perspectives.
Brazilian Rhythms for the Drum Set
This course will develop integrated applications of all Brazilian concepts for the drum set. Topics include drum set performance with no percussionist, with one or more percussionists, physical integration of percussion instruments into the drum set for simultaneous performance by one player, and creation of custom sets and setups for specific musical situations. Topics will be examined from both traditional and nontraditional perspectives.
Caribbean Rhythms for Drum Set
Building on the foundation of ILPD-373, this lab will develop integrated applications of Caribbean percussion concepts for the drum set. Topics will include identification of various musical styles from Trinidad, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. Basic techniques and patterns for traditional percussion instruments and drum set applications of all rhythms (both with and without a percussionist) will be discussed. All topics will be examined from both a traditional and nontraditional perspective.