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Drumset for the Music Educator

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All online MECA courses begin on
September 23 and conclude on December 15, 2019.
Registration deadline
for all online classes:
Friday, September 20,
12:00 noon CST.


Dates for on-campus courses vary; please check each course's page
for specific dates. Registration
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On-Campus Course Hours
Saturdays: 8:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Sundays:   8:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
 
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Drumset for the Music Educator

ONLINE:
September 23December 15, 2019

Elementary and secondary general music teachers and ensemble directors interested in basic drumset skills will attain teachable methods in this course and encounter drumset parts in a variety of settings. Whether it be a concert band “movie medley,” a pops orchestra piece, or jazz band, introducing the young drumset player to these new pieces can prove challenging, and it’s a topic not often covered in other methods classes.

This course will cover everything from drumset set-up, equipment choices, tuning to performance of basic beats, and discussion of the different types of notation the drummer will encounter. Yes, you will definitely be able to “rock” a little bit of drumset by the end of the course! No previous drumset experience is needed, but rhythmic reading ability and knowledge of basic drum rudiments are recommended.

Outcomes:

  • Comprehension of stick grip, drum setup, tuning & mechanics.
     
  • Ability to perform basic drumset rhythms in various styles.
     
  • Familiarity with forms of drumset sheet music, e.g., lead sheets, charts, fully notated pieces.
     
  • Knowledge of equipment choices appropriate for the grade school or high school band.
     
  • Ability to impart basic drumset methods to young students.
     
  • The drumset is the heartbeat of any ensemble, and improvement in rhythm should be a goal for every student, teacher and performer.

Let’s get groovin’!

Instructor: Darren Scorza

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Darren Scorza is a musician, music educator, clinician and project studio owner. He has been teaching drums and percussion in the Chicagoland area for over 20 years. Currently he is drumset instructor at North Park University and teaches jazz percussion at William Rainey Harper College. In addition, he teaches percussion and is jazz band director at Notre Dame College Prep.
 
Scorza draws from his performance experience in both drumset and classical percussion areas to create a unified teaching method blending these two diverse performance settings. He has over 65 recordings in his discography as a drumset player, percussionist and recordist/mixer. He has performed with artists including Bobby Enriquez, the Platters and Eddie Harris, as well as performing and recording with varied local artist such as Michele Thomas, Jeannie Tanner, Elaine Dame, John Bany, Keri Johnsrud, Ari Seder, the Waystation, the Metropolitan Jazz Octet and Jeff Hedberg’s C11. He also serves as music director and drummer for his wife’s Michele Thomas & Soulmeme quintet.

Course Details

Drumset for the Music Educator

Course Code 7679
 
Instructor: Darren Scorza
 
3 Graduate Credits
 
Tuition: $1,050,
due in full with registration.
 
Online Chat Sessions:
TBD
 
Prerequisites
None
 
Required Text(s)
None
 
Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required.
 
 
WEEKEND MECA COURSE INFORMATION
Saturday classes are generally held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch break are scheduled.
 
Sunday classes are generally held from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with one 15-minute break scheduled. Individual schedules and break times may vary per individual instructor.
 
Parking
MECA participants may park in Visitor Lot B5 on IIT's Main Campus. 
Click here for a parking map.
 
 

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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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