Drum Schools

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The type of drum schools you choose to explore will depend on your creative and professional goals. Some drum schools offer bachelor's degrees with concentrations in percussion. These are meant to give drummers a broad-based musical education that includes survey courses on musical styles, a complete understanding of theory, and exposure to other instruments as well.

For those skin-minders who have already accomplished some of their professional goals (playing live, producing a CD, etc.), there are certificate programs that focus on expanding your skill set. That way, you're even more marketable as a journeyman percussionist who can play studio sessions and provide backing work for any number of artists, be they pop, jazz, or classically influenced.

Alternative Degrees at Drum Schools

Seasoned drummers who have already mastered advanced skills can sign up for professional certificates that prepare candidates for real-world drumming. Course work here targets not only polished playing, but electronic accompaniment, sequencing, and even some elements of producing. Not all drum schools offer curricula tailored to drummers on the verge of professional play, so you'll want to spend extra time exploring programs that do.

Finally, whatever drum schools make your short list ought to offer classes on music business for percussionists. Areas of interest might include finding freelance drumming work, supplementing your income while gigging, and networking with other musicians and talent reps. You may also be surprised by some of the lesser-known outlets that drummers may enjoy including TV and movie score work, commercial gigs, and fill-in duties.


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