Main Subject Drums Jazz & Pop 1

Module code
Curricular domain
Practical Classes
Group size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 50-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
25 hours
Study load
339 hours

Form / content / level

Admitted to the ArtEZ Jazz & Pop Drums main subject year 1.
See Competencies Matrix.
Acquiring the technical basics required for the student's musical development. Students will be able to play pieces in jazz and pop styles together with others and, where applicable, to solo over them.
Relation to other modules
The level of instrument proficiency corresponds to the contents of the band and theory modules.

Developing motor-physical awareness and awareness of the relationship between movement and sound.

Developing effective playing posture.

Developing and understanding basic grooves in jazz and rock music.


Combination of deliberate, goal-oriented study and study through improvisation.


Developing various cymbal and hi-hat techniques.

Developing an understanding of rudimental drumming.


Learning a number of basic brush playing concepts.

Developing basic skills pertaining to various rock fusion styles. Developing a sense of groove (shuffles, 8th, 12/8 and 16th grooves).

Laid-back and forward timing.

Tempo control (playing to a click track).

Sense of form and stylistic interpretation.

Creating five drum charts and studying ten.

Acquiring a basic repertoire in various styles.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons & occasional group lessons.
Material & Tools
Sanford A. Moeller: The Art of Snare Drumming

John Riley: The Art of Bop Drumming

Dante Agostini: M├ęthode de Batterie Vol 4

Joop van Erven: Snaredrumrudiments.

Ted Reed: Syncopation for the Modern Drummer

George Lawrence Stone: Stick Control: for the Snare Drummer
Student activity
Organizing a short performance (band, repertoire, rehearsals) as part of the annual Jazz & Pop student concert; independently organizing a performance (five pieces) as part of the propaedeutic audition.

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Assessment by the main subject instructor at the end of each semester, which includes an assessment of the band playing at the annual Jazz & Pop student concert.
The student should have mastered the elements described under Aims. Specific criteria are: creativity, expression, improvisation, technique, sound, intonation, timing, reading skills, repertoire knowledge, progress, self-reflection, session participation, attitude and lesson preparation.
Pass requirements
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester.
Examination procedure
At the end of both semesters the instructor fills out an assessment form designed specifically for this module. Assessment is comprised of a verbal evaluation and a concluding grade. The instructor reviews this assessment with the student during the first subsequent lesson. Assessment at the end of the autumn semester is formative and expressed in terms of satisfactory/unsatisfactory. It indicates a student's progress in this module. No ECs are awarded and there is no resit. Modules can only be absolved, and ECs awarded, after the end of the spring semester.
Resit options
See the Education and Assessment Plan.

Module summary

This module is intended to prepare students through weekly lessons for the practical part (audition) of the propaedeutic exam Drums Jazz & Pop. The student learns to play pieces in various genres, in part chosen by the student himself (jazz, fusion, latin, possibly including original compositions by the student), and to improvise over the pieces.