NJSOP Blog

About taking drum/percussion lessons

At the New Jersey School of Percussion we emphasize three general areas of study:  Music theory,  developing technical ability, and performance. 

Theory study begins with the basics of reading music, notes, time signatures, staff, clef signs, etc. 

Technique study begins with stick grip, hand position and movement.  Exercises are presented to develop rebound control, sticking patterns, dynamic balance, speed, and endurance.   The PAS 40 Rudiments are presented, as well as my book, Steps to Technical Development for Drummers. 

The performance study covers drum set rhythms, snare drum etudes, tympani and mallet etudes,  Afro-Cuban rhythms and much more.

In my fifty years of teaching I have become aware of the depth of drumming and its constant development.  Understanding the history supplies a foundation to build on, allowing for the creation of new  concepts.

Lessons in the time of Covid-19

We are faced with a challenging time.  Obviously the most important thing is staying safe and well.  Music can be a help in these times, both from enjoying listening to music and studying and performing music.  Practice time can be very satisfying and enjoyable and knowing that you are improving your musical ability is a rewarding thing. We will come out of this at some point and you want to be ready to perform. You can't say "give me a couple of weeks to get my chops together", because there will be someone else ready to step in and take your job.  So, take this time to set a schedule for practice and know that it's benefiting you in many ways.