Beginner

Overview

Never despise humble beginnings. Majority of our students, above 10 years old, enrol in this course as it teaches the fundamentals of drumming. Unlike other schools, we focus on building a strong foundation in the early learning stage. We customize our lessons according to our students’ needs so that learning would be beneficial for both the educator and student.

Our Beginner Course is designed to educate drummers who are exploring the instrument and have an interest in finding out more about this craft. The primary focus of this course is to provide an introduction to drumming, to develop the student’s understanding of essential drumming concepts, and to build a strong foundation in reading drum notations.

At the end of the course, our students will receive an evaluation from our drum educator on his/her progress and development. We strive to bring the best in our students with fun and practicality, enabling a more enjoyable academic learning experience.

Beginner Level 1 : STICKING & COORDINATION

Good foundations are essential for the modern drummer. The child will be introduced to music and drums by learning:

  • Counting Exercises
  • Understanding Rhythm & 8-Beat
  • Keeping Time & Groove
  • Clapping & Tapping
  • Single Beat Combinations
  • Crochets, Quavers
  • Drum Fill Concepts
  • Snare Drum Variations
  • Pop & Rock Patterns
  • Music & Mathematics
  • Movement & Control Studies
  • Basic Chart-Readings

Beginner Level 2 : TECHNIQUE & DYNAMICS

This specialization contains more upbeat syncopated rhythms. A major move away from the usual Rock & Pop songs that became popular with modern drumming. It incorporates note displacements, shuffles and creative phrasing bringing out the best of today's music. The R&B, Hip-Hop & Funk Specialization includes:

  • Single Hi Hat Concepts (Conversions)
  • Accent Studies (including ‘ghost’ notes)
  • Semi-Quaver Studies
  • Tied Notes
  • Open High-Hats and Cymbal Variations
  • Drum Fill Applications using Flams Rudiments
  • Introduction to Foot Independence
  • Further 16-Beat Rhythms
  • Understanding & Analysing Songs
  • Shuffle & Blues Rhythm
  • Rolls & Ruffs
  • Time & Feel (3/4 and 6/8 Odd Time)
  • Further Chart-Readings (Improvisation and Independence)
  • MDS Level 2 Evaluation & Grading

Beginner Video Promo 1

Video Features:

Grace is a student in our Beginner programme here at MDS and groovin’ it with some neat two-handed 16th note playing. Never stop feeling the music 🙂

This song was one of the requirements for her to complete to proceed to the next level.

Song: Can’t Stop The Feeling
Artist: Justin Timberlake

Beginner Video Promo 2

We have adult students as old as 71 at our school. It’s not uncommon at all to pursue your dreams at any age.

The title may be a mouthful (Shu Le Ni Ying Le Shi Jie You Ru He) but Mr Lim tackles this song with ease, not to mention emotion and finesse. What a great tribute to his son’s music!

Yes, he’s JJ Lin’s dad… anyone else think they should do a collaboration one day? ?

Overview

Overview

Never despise humble beginnings. Majority of our students, above 10 years old, enrol in this course as it teaches the fundamentals of drumming. Unlike other schools, we focus on building a strong foundation in the early learning stage. We customize our lessons according to our students’ needs so that learning would be beneficial for both the educator and student.

Our Beginner Course is designed to educate drummers who are exploring the instrument and have an interest in finding out more about this craft. The primary focus of this course is to provide an introduction to drumming, to develop the student’s understanding of essential drumming concepts, and to build a strong foundation in reading drum notations.

At the end of the course, our students will receive an evaluation from our drum educator on his/her progress and development. We strive to bring the best in our students with fun and practicality, enabling a more enjoyable academic learning experience.

Beginner Level 1

Beginner Level 1 : STICKING & COORDINATION

Good foundations are essential for the modern drummer. The child will be introduced to music and drums by learning:

  • Counting Exercises
  • Understanding Rhythm & 8-Beat
  • Keeping Time & Groove
  • Clapping & Tapping
  • Single Beat Combinations
  • Crochets, Quavers
  • Drum Fill Concepts
  • Snare Drum Variations
  • Pop & Rock Patterns
  • Music & Mathematics
  • Movement & Control Studies
  • Basic Chart-Readings
Beginner Level 2

Beginner Level 2 : TECHNIQUE & DYNAMICS

This specialization contains more upbeat syncopated rhythms. A major move away from the usual Rock & Pop songs that became popular with modern drumming. It incorporates note displacements, shuffles and creative phrasing bringing out the best of today's music. The R&B, Hip-Hop & Funk Specialization includes:

  • Single Hi Hat Concepts (Conversions)
  • Accent Studies (including ‘ghost’ notes)
  • Semi-Quaver Studies
  • Tied Notes
  • Open High-Hats and Cymbal Variations
  • Drum Fill Applications using Flams Rudiments
  • Introduction to Foot Independence
  • Further 16-Beat Rhythms
  • Understanding & Analysing Songs
  • Shuffle & Blues Rhythm
  • Rolls & Ruffs
  • Time & Feel (3/4 and 6/8 Odd Time)
  • Further Chart-Readings (Improvisation and Independence)
  • MDS Level 2 Evaluation & Grading
Beginner Video Promo 1

Beginner Video Promo 1

Video Features:

Grace is a student in our Beginner programme here at MDS and groovin’ it with some neat two-handed 16th note playing. Never stop feeling the music 🙂

This song was one of the requirements for her to complete to proceed to the next level.

Song: Can’t Stop The Feeling
Artist: Justin Timberlake

Beginner Video Promo 2

Beginner Video Promo 2

We have adult students as old as 71 at our school. It’s not uncommon at all to pursue your dreams at any age.

The title may be a mouthful (Shu Le Ni Ying Le Shi Jie You Ru He) but Mr Lim tackles this song with ease, not to mention emotion and finesse. What a great tribute to his son’s music!

Yes, he’s JJ Lin’s dad… anyone else think they should do a collaboration one day? ?