Drums Module 1

– Basics
– Snare Technique
– Technique on the drum set
– reading
– Music History
– Rock / Pop / Funk Playing Technique
– New Orleans/Blues/Swing Playing Technique
– Music Listening Class

Drums Module 2

– Introduction Wilcoxon
– Mind Twist
– Rhythm dictations, Dante Agostini, Louie Bellson, Garwhood Whaley
– Development of Soul Music
– Development of Beat Music
– Development of RnB
– Rock reading exercises on the drum set
– Ghost Note exercises in a modular system
– Cross stick exercises
– Second Line/Blues/Jazz

Drums Module 3

– Matt Savage Rudimental Drumming
– Advanced Flam Exercises
– sticking exercises
– Accent studies on the drum set
– Cut time from tempo 100
– Advanced Compond Exercises
– Snare drum etudes with different dynamic levels Dynamic levels
– Snare drum etudes from the classical percussion section
– The next generation of jazz drummers:
Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes
– The development of funk music
– The first funk drummers and their musical development from the
The Meters, James Brown, Chic, P-Funk, Bernie Worrel, Tower of Power
– The swing feel in funk
– Style analysis of various funk drummers:
Clyde Stubbelfield, Mike Clark, David Garibaldi, Yogi Horton
– The evolution of Brazilian music
– The instruments in Brazilian music

Drums Module 4

– classical percussion etudes: Richard Hochrainer, Jaques Delecluess
– Reading and orchestrations on the drum set
– Ostinato Exercise
– The new generation of jazz drummers
Billy Higgins, Kenny Washington, Jeff Tain Watts, Peter Erskine
– The development of ECM contemporary jazz: 1) Europe: Jan Garbarek,
2) America: Billy Childs, Pat Metheney
– Origin of the clave (6/8 rhythms)
Forms (2/3 and 3/2 clave) Son and Rumba Clave
– Introduction to double bass drum playing
– Working out cymbal phrasing in ECM music
– Vamp soloing concepts in ECM music
– Learning traditional percussion arrangements:
Son Montuno, Bembe, Bolero, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba, Mozambique,
Conga de Comparsa, Makuta
– Cascara and clave grooves on the drum set
– Instrument specific didactics

Drums Module 5

– Students write own composition for several drummers
– odd Meter exercises
– Changing Meters exercises
– Listesso exercises
– Cut time from tempo 120
– Drumhead types and their effect on the drum set sound
– Bass Drum Mufflin
– Introduction Drum Recording: Ambience, Equalizer, Panning, Effects
– Afro-Cuban music history
– Brazilian music history
– Emergence of avant-garde / free jazz
– Emergence of fusion music
– Viennese Waltz, Tango, Slow Waltz, Slow Fox, Quick Step
– Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, Paso Doble
– modern new music styles: re-dj-ing as a drummer
– emergence of techno cult tour:
– Drum’n’Bass, Techno, Two Step, Jungle, Breakbeat, Jumpstyle, Trip Hop,
House, Latin House, Dub Step

Drums Module 6

– Advanced Chaffee Exercises
– Four Way Independence
– Melodic Ostinato Play
– Metric Modulation / Superimposed Metric Modulation
– Origin and development of Afro-pop:
Highlife, Zouk, Soukous, Kwasa-Kwasa, Afro Beat
– Origin and development of Country Music! In the past and today!
– Western Swing, Bluegrass – Train Beat, Country Cajun – Zydeco,
Contemporary, Two Beat, Country Waltz, Country Ballad, Honky Tonk, Texas Shuffle, Country
Rock, Nashville Pop – Nashville Sound, Country Funk
– Emergence of the Nashville numbers system
– Development of Reggae Music. In the past and today!
– Working out the different Reggae styles
– Groove analysis for Steppers
– Groove to One Drop Playing
– Groove analysis for Four Drop Playing
– Working out typical grooves of Sly Dunbar
– Dancehall and Dub Grooves

Module duration: 6 months each

Module 1, 3, 5    Start September 1st

Module 2, 5, 6    Start March 1st

All modules are freely selectable and can be attended by you online or in presence.



You enroll in one of the modules and attend classes at RPJAM for only 6 months. You are free to choose the modules you want to attend. Here you can limit yourself to one module or attend as many modules (also of the other departments) as you like.


Main studies

For the main course of studies you must have taken all 6 modules by the time you graduate. The order is variable, depending on when you start in September or March.