Courses

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

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.  

ILPD-351

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

In this course students will discover and develop solutions to practical and logistical problems confronting the contemporary percussionist/drummer. Students will experiment 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 orchestration choices. Various global music drumming traditions will be applied as catalysts in approaching alternative setups.  

ILPD-355

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 is a practical application of traditional African rhythms, their direct adaptation to the drum set and their use in contemporary Afro-pop music. It will examine and analysis many of the popular rhythmic concepts, metric meters, and styles of important Afro-Pop artists such as; Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, Angélique Kidjo, Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, King Sunny Adé, and Richard Bona.

ILPD-357

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

In this course, students listen to traditional and contemporary examples music from Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela, and Colombia with a focus on the percussion rhythms and their application to the drum set. The students learn sample percussion patterns, performing them on percussion instruments and adapting them to the drum set. They also learn how to orchestrate these rhythms on different parts of the drum set and how to improvise in an authentic way in a modern setting.

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 Code: PERC

A study and historical review of the distinctive drumming style of New Orleans, and its profound influence on jazz and popular music. Students listen to, analyze, and play examples of this rich heritage, from the early marching brass bands to the present.

ILPD-369

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 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.

ILPD-373

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Drum set and total percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-211, ILPH-357, or overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: PERC

This course is a continuation of ILPD-211. It 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.

ILPD-374

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Drum set and total percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-211, ILPH-359, or overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: PERC

This course is a continuation of ILPD-211. It 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.

ILPD-424

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All percussion principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-211, ILPH-357, or overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: PERC

In this course, students listen to traditional and contemporary examples music from Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Cuba, Trinidad, and Puerto Rico, with a focus on the percussion rhythms and their application to the drum set. The students learn sample percussion patterns, performing them on percussion instruments and adapting them to the drum set. They also learn how to orchestrate these rhythms on different parts of the drum set, and how to improvise in an authentic way in a modern setting.

ILPD-433

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: John Ramsay
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Drum set principals
Prerequisites: ILPD-225 or overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: PERC

In this course students will thoroughly examine the music and drumming styles of the post-bop and modern jazz idioms.  These studies include advanced repertoire development, three- and four-way coordination studies for time keeping, polyrhythmic applications, improvisational concepts along with the listening, transcription and analysis of the work of master drummers Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette among numerous others.

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 Code: 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.

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 Code: 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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