Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

Fusion Repertoire Development and Application

ILPD-339

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: PERC

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

ILPD-351

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-211
Department: PERC

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

ILPD-355

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Drum set, total percussion, and hand percussion principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: PERC

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), Angélique Kidjo (Benin), King Sunny Adé (Nigeria), and Tabu Ley Rochereau (Zaire).

South American Rhythms for the Drum Set

ILPD-357

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Drum set, hand percussion, and total percussion principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: PERC

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

ILPD-361

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: Drum set and total percussion principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 2
Department: PERC

A study and analysis of New Orleans drumming styles, from street beats to funk and jazz.

Double Bass Drum Studies

ILPD-369

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: PERC

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

ILPD-373

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Drum set and total percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-211 and ILPH-357, ILPH-359, ILPH-351, or ILPH-451
Department: PERC

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

ILPD-374

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Drum set and total percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-211 and ILPH-357, ILPH-359, ILPH-351 or ILPH-451
Department: PERC

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

ILPD-424

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Drum set, hand percussion, and total percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-112
Department: PERC

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.

Advanced Jazz Drumming

ILPD-433

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: Drum set principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4;
Department: PERC

This lab emphasizes post-bop and modern jazz techniques. Topics include advanced repertoire development, technique/coordination development, polyrhythmic application, and conceptual approaches along with transcription, listening, and analysis of a number of master drummers, such as Roy Haynes, Jack DeJohnette, and Tony Williams.

Moeller Technique Lab

ILPD-P215

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: PERC

This course will focus on the Moeller technique. It provides an in-depth exploration of the Moeller technique for drumming. Named for drummer Sanford A. Moeller, this technique has been popularized by Moeller student Jim Chapin since the 1930s. Drawn from Civil War era drumming, the Moeller method combines a variety of techniques with the goal of improving hand speed, power, and control while offering the flexibility to add accented notes at will. The course explores the various uses of the Moeller technique in a wide range of drumming styles, providing demonstrations and detailed explanations. Analyses of drummers includes: Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Gene Krupa, Philly Joe Jones, Papa Jo Jones, Max Roach, Joe Morello, Danny Gottlieb, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Jojo Mayer.

Cajón Playing Styles

ILPD-P273

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department: PERC

An introduction to cajón playing that will cover the history of the instrument from its origins in Peru to the contemporary setup with other drums and foot pedals. The course will cover traditional musical styles from Peru such as the Landó, festejo, and the Marinera, as well as Spanish flamenco. This course is highly recommended to all hand percussionists and drum set majors who wish to improve their overall understanding of Latin music through the adaptation of cajón playing. This instrument has transcended borders and is becoming a standard part of the set up for percussionists in global music, jazz and pop, or any musical setting.

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