Courses

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

ILPD-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Drum set principal PERF majors
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: PERC

In this course, students should be able to apply all of the previous drum set techniques, styles, and time feels that they have studied into chart interpretation and drum set reading. A wide variety of intermediate drum set charts from such idioms as big band, small group, show, traditional, and contemporary settings are introduced, so the student is also able to continue their development with varied styles and feels while simultaneously getting more comfortable with chart reading, utilizing charts that mirror practical settings. Students also continue to develop advanced snare drum reading.

ILPD-217

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

In this course students will learn foundational skills with wire brushes. Studies will include ballad and swing sweeping patterns, as well as patterns that can be applied to bossa nova, samba, and many contemporary popular styles.  Studies in the areas of hand-to-hand development, drum set coordination/balance, listening, repertoire, and transcription studies will also be included in the course.

ILPD-221

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 Code: PERC

This course will enhance the learning and playing of standard repertoire for the drumset in various rock 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 rock repertoire.

ILPD-225

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-112 or overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: PERC

In this course students will be exposed to and required to learn 50 tunes from the standard jazz repertoire. The emphasis will be on the drummer playing the melodies of the song in various orchestration positions on the drum set. 

ILPD-229

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 Code: PERC

In this course students will enhance their understanding of standard drum set repertoire in various hip-hop drumming styles. Songs will be analyzed, studied, and memorized. The course is designed to give students a working knowledge of the various types of drum set grooves associated with genre of hip-hop.

ILPD-233

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 Code: PERC

In this course, students gain a wider knowledge of funk repertoire as well as an appreciation for the composers and musicians who helped shape funk music into an important part of the American musical landscape. Learning songs, performing the appropriate grooves, and independence skills are all emphasized.

ILPD-235

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

This course will examine polyrhythmic studies including multi-simultaneous patterns, metric modulation, and cross rhythms.

ILPD-239

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

In this course, students will develop fundamentals of country drumming. They will have a clear understanding of the various groove patterns used in contemporary country music, including rock, ballads, swing, and shuffle feels.

ILPD-250

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 Code: PERC

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.

ILPD-317

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-217
Department Code: PERC

In this course students improve on foundational skills, building on what was learned in ILPD-217 Brush Techniques with wire and specialty brushes. Studies will include ballad and swing sweeping patterns, as well as patterns that can be applied to jazz waltz, odd meter, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban accompaniment and contemporary popular styles. Advanced studies in the areas of hand-to-hand development, drum set coordination/balance, textural exploration, listening, repertoire, and transcription studies will also be included in the course.

ILPD-331

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

This is a comprehensive course on functioning in today’s music world with the latest electronic instruments in contemporary percussion (Alternate Mode DrumKat, Roland Handsonic and SPD-30, Korg Wavedrum, etc.). The program includes work with electronic percussion controllers, drum machines, laptop software, and their programming, triggering, and interfacing.

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 Code: PERC

In this course students are introduced to the concept of fusion drumming. Utilizing recordings from bands like Weather Report, Return to Forever, The Headhunters, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and The Tony Williams Lifetime, students gain familiarity with the concept of fusion and how they can apply it practically. The course also uses examples from current groups like Robert Glasper, Brotherly, and Snarky Puppy.  Additionally, there are specific feels, mechanics, and rhythmic concepts that are introduced, aimed at providing students with the tools to play fusion music. Examples of contemporary funk, 6/8, 3/4, odd times, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian are utilized to construct the foundation necessary to play fusion.  

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