Drums and percussion are a lot of fun to learn! Here at Chasing Sound we offer lessons in both types. We ensure students’ experiences are enjoyable and can also assist with tackling recital pieces or preparing for auditions. Each lesson is specially designed to make sure our students achieve the standards they’ve always dreamed of. If you would like to learn percussion, drums or both, book a lesson and start today. Contact us!
DRUMS/PERCUSSION – FOUNDATION PHASE
Students learn the fundamentals of technique, rhythmic comprehension and reading notation. This includes correct posture and practical technique. They are introduced to reading music notes, as well as counting rhythms and basic symbols. They work on learning how to practice effectively and develop routines to support their progress. If they have some experience on the instrument already, these skills are refined. This phase allows students to see if they enjoy the instrument and find out if they are compatible with their teacher. Music lessons are a commitment so above all this phase can show how well students can incorporate lessons and practice into their lifestyle.
DRUMS/PERCUSSION – STREAMS PHASE
Students can sit The Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) music qualifications. This AMEB STREAM covers Preliminary-Grade 8 and above and similarly the Music Theory exams in the later levels. These exams are a terrific way for students to excel and further develop their general musical skills. The exam is mostly practical (playing along to recorded accompaniment and technical exercises). Students will find that listening, general knowledge and sight-reading skills are also covered. AMEB students receive comments from an examiner and a certificate upon completion. AMEB exams take place in Hawthorn. Costs incurred include exam enrolment and AMEB print materials.
Within the AMEB format, students can study using syllabuses in the following styles: Classical Percussion, CMP Drum Kit and RockSchool Drums.
School Repertoire Stream
Students who are already playing instruments in their school programs will participate in a slightly different FOUNDATION phase before working on their repertoire. This could include learning songs for upcoming concerts and supporting students in VCE Music.
Students who elect to do the CONTEMPORARY STREAM work on one of the following various styles: Pop, Rock, Soul, RnB, Music Theatre etc. They build on the technique they developed in the FOUNDATION phase and develop an understanding of the symbols, markings and techniques to playing within the specific style. Students are also encouraged to learn about different artists within the style. Additionally, they expand their skills to basic meter/genre feels and playing patterns.
DRUMS/PERCUSSION – PERFORMANCE PHASE
Students perform pieces they have worked on in the previous STREAM phase or new pieces from the same style as a soloist or within an ensemble. Students learn how to plan chunked practice as they move towards the performance. This might include problem-solving as well as progression points. With their teachers, students talk about managing nerves, improving concentration and furthermore their growth as performers. This performance can take place in a public forum at Chasing Sound events or be done as recordings in lessons — a product of the phase.
DRUMS/PERCUSSION – SPECIALISATION PHASE
Students can revisit and expand upon a style they worked through in the earlier STREAMS phase. Alternatively, they can take a creative step forward into song-writing, composition or improvisation. This stream allows a student to consolidate the work they have done in the previous phases. Students would not be able to transition into this phase without having done the others in order.
DRUMS/PERCUSSION – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING PHASE
Students are empowered with the relevant skills, stylistic understanding and self-awareness musically to direct their own musical pathways. They do so with the support of their Chasing Sound Music School teacher and community.