JAZZ DRUMS

FOUNDATION COURSE

Intensive preparation course in jazz drumming, aimed at admission to Level I academic courses.

Individual drum lessons, jazz ensemble music workshops from trio to combos, jazz repertoire for studying Harmony, Ear training and Complementary Piano, Music Technology for pre-production of original projects.

Duration 1 to 3 years

Frequency From 6 to 10 hours per week, in ordinary or long-distance mode

Where Rome

Language Italian/English

The pre-academic course has a duration ranging from 1 to 3 years, depending on the student’s entry level and study ability.

Skills are acquired in the following areas:

  • One-on-one jazz drums classes with a teacher chosen by the student, study of jazz drumming, medium times, fast and ballads, Blues and minor blues, even 8th, Latin jazz, be-bop, rhythm changes, approach to improvisation.
  • Jazz ensembles from trio to quintet conducted by professional jazz players, to practice the American, Italian and international jazz repertoire both in the classrooms and live on a stage.
  • Contemporary jazz harmony from the basics to 5-voice spread voicing, with tensions and alterations, drops, altered scales, modal exchanges and melodies harmonization techniques.
  • Jazz piano study, jazz standards reading with theme and melody, accompanying rhythmic patterns, walking bass.
  • Jazz Ear training it will lead each student to be able to transcribe melodies, chord progressions and rhythmic patterns taken from jazz standards, up to develop the ability to transcribe a jazz mini-song, without the aid of instruments.
  • The student will acquire full mastery in the professional use of music production state-of the-art softwares in the recording industry state-of-the-art in the recording industry.

Once you have successfully completed the last pre-academic level of your main instrument or vocals you automatically access the three-year first cycle academic diploma (aut. Ministry of Education, University and Research)

The first cycle academic courses prepare for the professions of:

  • artist and band leader of original projects
  • jazz live performance and recording sessions
  • arranger for small and medium ensembles
  • music producer
  • music author for sonorizations and music applied to images

The Pre-academic Courses do not start from scratches, they assume a previous practice on the instrument of two to three years the least.

It is possible to access the first year of the course or to enter directly the second or third pre-academic year. For each subject you will be placed at the appropriate level based on the admission tests: for example, you can be admitted to the 3rd level of drums classes, the second level of harmony studies and the first level of Ear training, according to your knowledge. Each subject will therefore follow its own path at its own level. Each subject will therefore follow its own path at its own level.

Admission tests are usually held in June and, for places remaining available, in September. International students can sit the admission tests online from February of the previous year until June the latest.

  1. Jazz drumming test, performance of one or more songs/exercises of the student’s choice, in-depth study required by the committee (go to “Admission Info and Study Plan” click on “Download Study Plan”)
  2. Jazz harmony test, see mock test for access to the 2nd and 3rd level
  3. Ear training test see mock test for access to the 2nd and 3rd level
  4. Aptitude test and motivational interview

Daniele Chiantese

Claudio Mastracci

Gianni Di Renzo

Carlo Attolini

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INSIGHTS

The pre-academic course offers a choice of four different attendance modes:

  • Ordinary Attendance: Weekly attendance, with classes ranging from 6 to 10 hours, concentrated over 2-4 days each week. This mode allows for guided learning at every step, with continuous monitoring of progress. An average study commitment of 6 hours daily is required. Certain subjects offer both in-person and fully online attendance options.
  • Long-distance Attendance: The pre-academic long-distance course entails 6 to 8 hours of classes concentrated on Saturdays, alternating between in-person and online sessions each week. Ideal for students residing outside of Rome or those with busy schedules, including working professionals. The long-distance mode with Saturday classes is exclusive to the pre-academic course.
  • Teen Music Academy Attendance: Tailored for high school students, this personalized course engages students for 1 or 2 afternoons per week, with the aim of preparing them for academic courses upon high school graduation. Exceptionally talented students may be admitted to academic courses even before graduation. Some subjects offer both in-person and fully online attendance options.
  • DAD Attendance: Fully remote education option, suitable for students worldwide.

INSIGHTS

The pre-academic course offers a choice of four different attendance modes:

  • Ordinary Attendance: Weekly attendance, with classes ranging from 6 to 10 hours, concentrated over 2-4 days each week. This mode allows for guided learning at every step, with continuous monitoring of progress. An average study commitment of 6 hours daily is required. Certain subjects offer both in-person and fully online attendance options.
  • Long-distance Attendance: The pre-academic long-distance course entails 6 to 8 hours of classes concentrated on Saturdays, alternating between in-person and online sessions each week. Ideal for students residing outside of Rome or those with busy schedules, including working professionals. The long-distance mode with Saturday classes is exclusive to the pre-academic course.
  • Teen Music Academy Attendance: Tailored for high school students, this personalized course engages students for 1 or 2 afternoons per week, with the aim of preparing them for academic courses upon high school graduation. Exceptionally talented students may be admitted to academic courses even before graduation. Some subjects offer both in-person and fully online attendance options.
  • DAD Attendance: Fully remote education option, suitable for students worldwide.

INSIGHTS

  • Full-time attendance: Classes are mostly scheduled on a weekly basis, for a total of 350hours per year
  • Online attendance: Classes are held online; a weekly lesson in presence is scheduled in February, as the exams in June.

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