Rhythm is arguably the most important element in music. The Bachelor’s programme at the Drums department will train you in a wide variety of musical styles like jazz, rock, funk, fusion, Big Band, Latin and world music , both traditional and contemporary. We will teach you how to improvise in these styles, to be creative, achieve the right hand and foot technique and sound. Apart from all of this, you will get a lot of freedom to find our own voice on the drums. We also provide special lessons that will teach you (basic) skills in percussion.
Before you apply
Share your un-edited video recording links in the portfolio. Videos should be uploaded to your YouTube channel ( if you don’t have one, make one). Set your videos to ‘unlisted’ so only you and we can see them. IMPORTANT: DO NOT send the actual video(s): ONLY LINKS to the video(s)
- Videos should have good audio quality, where we can hear your playing very well. You can make separate short videos or one longer one.
- The candidate presents him/herself in English at the start of the video
- The video is maximum 10 minutes long
- Play as many musical styles as possible that you are familiar with ( must include jazz styles, samba, mambo, shuffle, funk, rock grooves ). Play a groove with variations and improvise with it (also fill-ins). Play these grooves WITHOUT band or play along. Each groove should be between 30 sec and 1 minute long.
- Play various styles ( jazz, funk, latin etc) with a band ( if possible) or with play-along. These should preferably include a drum solo ( form solo, vamp, or tradings)
- Play a snare drum solo ( e.g. from Mitchell Peters books) and accompany yourself by keeping the pulse with your hihat foot. If that is not possible than play as many rudiments as you know ( rolls, flams, paradiddles etc)
- Also include in writing how long you are playing drums, with whom you were studying, if you are playing in a band, and everything else you think is important for us to know.
In case that your material is selected you will get an invitation for an online theory test and if necessary, an online meeting with the main subject teachers.