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Drums Certificate Program


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Atlanta, Georgia Drum School Curriculum

The Atlanta Institute of Music and Media provides the non-beginning student Drummer with the instructional environment necessary to develop his/her musical talents and acquire the skills to become one of today's professional Drummers.

The Atlanta Institute of Music and Media's Drum curriculum accomplishes this through class and private instruction, audio and video computer lab instruction, and live clinics featuring today's most well-known and innovative artists and music industry Drummers.

The Atlanta Institute of Music and Media's programs are taught by professionals whose work experience, certification and/or music degrees give each instructor the necessary background to teach the demanding curriculum.

It is the belief of the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media that music is the universal language and therefore welcomes students from diverse backgrounds.

The Atlanta Institute of Music and Media serves students without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, age or religion.

Drum Certificate Program Description

The Atlanta Institute of Music and Media’s Drum Certification Program is a one-year certificate program for non-beginning drummers.

It teaches graduates to perform live and in the studio in a variety of styles including blues, jazz, rock, fusion, gospel drumming and progressive rock.

Students take courses in double bass technique, rhythmic dictation, reading, music theory, performance, music appreciation and music business.

The degree is designed to give graduates all the skills necessary to be successful in the music industry including an in-depth know of musical structure, performance styles and the business of music.

The program can be completed as a full-time student in one year or four levels of instruction. Students may also choose to complete the program as a part-time student.

Program Curriculum
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LEVEL 1

Course Number Course Title Credits
DRM 010   Blues and R&B Performance Counseling
1
DRM 012   Early Rock Performance Counseling
1
DRM 120   Technique I
1.5
DRM 125   Listening Survey
1.5
DRM 130   Reading I
1.5
DRM 910   Private Lesson
0.5
INT 105   Skills Lab
0
INT 134   Music Appreciation
1
INT 145   Music Theory Essentials I
3
INT 150   Pop Performance I
1
INT 160   Blues and R&B Performance
1
INT 170   Early Rock Performance
1
Required Credit Hours 14

LEVEL 2

Course Number Course Title Credits
DRM 020   Modal Jazz Performance Counseling
1
DRM 022   Classic Rock Performance Counseling
1
DRM 920   Private Lesson
0.5
DRM 215   Rhythm Dictation
1
DRM 220   Technique II
1.5
DRM 230   Reading II
1.5
INT 245   Music Theory Essentials II
3
INT 250   Pop Performance II
1
INT 260   Modal Jazz Performance
1
INT 270   Classic Rock Performance
1
INT 280   Studio Performance II
1
Required Credit Hours 13.5

LEVEL 3

Course Number Course Title Credits
DRM 030   Jazz Standards Performance Counseling
1
DRM 032   80s & 90s Rock Performance Counseling
1
DRM 320   Technique III
1.5
DRM 325   Gospel Drumming Techniques
2
DRM 330   Reading III
1.5
DRM 335   Introduction To Double Bass 
2
DRM 345   Latin Styles
1
DRM 930   Private Lesson
0.5
INT 350   Pop Performance III
1
INT 360   Jazz Standards Performance
1
INT 370   80s & 90s Rock Performance
1
INT 380   Studio Performance III
1
Required Credit Hours 14.5

LEVEL 4

Course Number Course Title Credits
DRM 040   Fusion Performance Counseling
1
DRM 042   Progressive Rock Performance Counseling
1
DRM 420   Technique IV
1.5
DRM 430   Reading IV
1.5
DRM 435   Advanced Soloing
1.5
DRM 499   Career Objectives
1
DRM 940   Private Lesson
0.5
INT 450   Pop Performance IV
1
INT 460   Fusion Performance
1.5
INT 470   Progressive Rock Performance
1.5
INT 480   Studio Performance IV
1
INT 495   Music Business
1
Required Credit Hours 14
Drums—Total Required Credit Hours 56

To better serve our students, curriculum is subject to change.
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