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DrumTime's philosophy is, first and foremost, playing the drums is fun. Learning to play certainly takes some time and effort, but nearly every professional drummer will tell you that becoming an accomplished player is fun.
As with any artistic endeavor playing the drums is not necessarily easy. With that said, the further you progress in your playing ability the more fun it becomes. It's that simple. DrumTime is enthusiastic about teaching and enjoying the art of playing the drums.
Drums have evolved from a single hand-played percussion instrument into a full ensemble of hand and foot drums, as well as cymbals. It is not uncommon for a modern drummer to have a complete arsenal of hand and foot drums, cymbals, percussive devices and electronics. It takes a lot of coordination and skill to play even a simple version of the modern drum set. Literally, you have your hands full (and feet too).
No two drummers will ever learn skills at the same pace. However, there are specific basic skills that every drummer should learn, but perhaps not at the same rate or in the same order. This is the reason for DrumTime's custom lesson plan approach. Each student will have different strengths and weaknesses. Some students have natural rhythm, some are more coordinated, others instinctively understand the subtle nuances of music, while others are more creative. DrumTime targets the specific strengths of the individual and builds a lesson plan around those. Then as appropriate, DrumTime works on turning weaknesses into strengths. DrumTime does not just throw the student into a generic lesson plan that leads to frustration and discouragement.
The Drums are the most physical instrument and are believed to be the first and most evolved instrument. Playing drums has countless rewards. Drumming develops abstract thought and creativity. Drumming instills confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Music students tend to get better grades in school. As one becomes more adept it becomes a form of communication and expression of the highest order. Music is an international language that speaks to the soul.
The joy of playing drums cannot truly be expressed in words. It is fairly easy for almost anyone to learn the basic drumming principles and to begin keeping time, yet drumming is challenging enough that it can take a lifetime to master. No matter which stage of development your at, playing the drums is always fun.
* Fundamentals of Rhythm
* Snare Drum Rudiments
* Body Positioning and Posture
* Sticking Techniques
* Music Theory and Sight Reading
* Rock Drumming
* Drum Kit and Cymbals
* Middle School Percussion
* Marching Band
* Hand and Foot Coordination
* Concentration and Focus
* Musicianship and Interplay
* Drum Care and Tuning
* Double Bass Technique
* Jazz Drumming and World Music
* Advanced Technique / Odd Time Signatures
* Limb Independence
* Recording Technique