Main Subject Drums Jazz & Pop 2
Number of course weeks
One 50-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
Form / content / level
Admitted to the ArtEZ Jazz & Pop Drums main subject year 2.
Further developing the technical aspects of the students' musicianship in the broadest sense of the word, as well as stimulating their musical awareness and personal taste in music. Students will be able to play the pieces described under Content or similar material (self-chosen pieces, other genres) with a band and to improvise over the pieces, demonstrating their ability to incorporate more complex structures with respect to harmony, melody, rhythm and musical form. For more detailed descriptions and examples, see Content.
Relation to other modules
The contents of the main subject lessons correspond to the contents of the chosen band and theory lessons such as analysis.
Playing 'time' with sticks.
Coordinating various cymbal and hi-hat patterns.
Linear techniques for accompaniment.
Further development of basic patterns.
Rudiments as applied to brush playing.
Études; self-designed or self-chosen materials.
Advanced snare drum techniques, also applied to various shuffles.
Application to the drum set.
Building snare drum repertoire.
Coordination of hands and feet, both independent and simultaneous.
Further development of time feel, from the perspective of the combination between bass and snare drum.
Developing crash cymbal en ghost-note technique.
Introduction to odd time signatures as subdivisions.
Further development of directional movement on the drum set.
Sight-reading rock/fusion drum charts and drum études.
Further development of drum solo concepts and style emulation.
Developing tempo control, laid-back and forward grooves.
Playing to a click track.
Playing fifteen technically distinct rock/fusion drum charts (with tape).
Analysis by the student of a drummer of their choice.
Mode(s) of instruction
Individual lessons and four 3-hour group lessons with third year students.
Material & Tools
Real Books, recordings of the pieces to be played.
Charley Wilcoxon: Modern Rudimental Swing Solos for the Advanced Drummer
William Schinstine: Adventures in Solo Drumming
Sanford A. Moeller: The Art of Snare Drumming
Ted Reed: Syncopation for the Modern Drummer
George Lawrence Stone: Stick Control: for the Snare Drummer
Gary Chaffee: Patterns series
Organizing a performance (band, repertoire, rehearsals) as part of the annual Jazz & Pop ensemble week; independently organizing a performance (five pieces) as part of the transition exam audition. Students are required to present their drummer analysis to the other second year drummers in December. A public final presentation will take place in April.
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.
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester.
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.
This module is intended to prepare students through weekly lessons, plus four group lessons, for the audition exam at the end of the second year, with particular attention for the development of the student's personal sound, interpretation and musical taste. In addition, students work on their understanding and use of increasingly complex musical structures.