Intermediate

Overview

The Intermediate Course focuses on helping students develop drum independence, syncopation, improvisation, speed, rhythmic applications, and other rudimental techniques for performing in a band, showcasing a drum solo, or even composing drum rhythms & grooves. Students will listen, recognize, transcribe and practice different song styles and rhythms.

Successful completion of the Beginner Course entitles students to enrol for our Intermediate classes. New students with drumming basics are welcome to enrol upon passing an assessment. We general try to group intermediate students together at this stage of our programme. Group sessions become much more enjoyable when like-minded people gather with the same passion and interest.

Using contemporary songs and minus one tracks, students will improve and sharpen their drumming skills by applying the techniques and concepts from the Beginner Course syllabus. The primary focus of this course is to allow the student to feel comfortable drumming to any music genre or style.

Intermediate Level 1 : SPEED & IMPROVISATION

Every drummer can only play as fast as his/her slowest human limb. Students will begin to master speed, accuracy and control around the drum set. Modules in this level include:

  • Advanced Semi-Quaver Studies & Full-16 Beat Appplications
  • Semi-Quavers Triplets & Sextuplets
  • Double Strokes
  • Drum Fills Using Double Strokes
  • Comprehensive Snare Reading Patterns (Including Triplets)
  • Sight Reading & Listening Skills (Improvisation and Independence)
  • Double Bass Techniques
  • Drags & Ruffs
  • Shuffle, Half-Time Shuffle, Waltz and Jazz Rhythms
  • Drum Independence
  • Basic Chart-Writing
  • MDS Level 3 Evaluation & Grading

Intermediate Level 2 : WORLD MUSIC & 40 RUDIMENTS

Sometimes less is more. The student will be exposed to complex techniques and concepts. Modules in Level 2 include:

  • Drum Independence II
  • Speed Pattern Combinations
  • Alternate Stickings and One-Handed Drum Fills
  • Advanced Sextuplets
  • Advanced Double Bass Techniques
  • 40 International P.A.S Drum Rudiments
  • Rhythmic Phrasing & Terminology
  • Rests & Breaks
  • Improvisational Drum Fills
  • Rudiment Applications
  • Jazz & Swing Patterns
  • Bossa Nova, Samba, 3-2 Clave, 2-3 Clave, Rhumba
  • Chart-Writing
  • MDS Intermediate Course Evaluation & Grading

Intermediate Video Promo 1

31st May 2020, 35 of our MDS Students performed at our first-ever Virtual Recital. A total of 112 attendees came together for the streaming party on our MDS ZOOM Meeting. With a collection of 8 songs, these students (who switched to online classes) will be drumming from their homes. They recorded their drum performances using their own phones, tablets, and cameras.

Performers: Arthur Liew (9 years old) Chow Tongen (16 years old) Jovan Pang (11 years old) Anastasia Chieng (16 years old) Jeremy Ang (25 years old) Brendon Kwang (20 years old) Cheng Wee (24 years old)

Intermediate Video Promo 2

You might have seen his cover of Praise You from 7 years ago… after a long break, Hian Ming is back to the drumset and showing us some fusion chops and great groove in this song from Akira Jimbo.

Enjoy the drum solos!

Overview

Overview

The Intermediate Course focuses on helping students develop drum independence, syncopation, improvisation, speed, rhythmic applications, and other rudimental techniques for performing in a band, showcasing a drum solo, or even composing drum rhythms & grooves. Students will listen, recognize, transcribe and practice different song styles and rhythms.

Successful completion of the Beginner Course entitles students to enrol for our Intermediate classes. New students with drumming basics are welcome to enrol upon passing an assessment. We general try to group intermediate students together at this stage of our programme. Group sessions become much more enjoyable when like-minded people gather with the same passion and interest.

Using contemporary songs and minus one tracks, students will improve and sharpen their drumming skills by applying the techniques and concepts from the Beginner Course syllabus. The primary focus of this course is to allow the student to feel comfortable drumming to any music genre or style.

Intermediate Level 1

Intermediate Level 1 : SPEED & IMPROVISATION

Every drummer can only play as fast as his/her slowest human limb. Students will begin to master speed, accuracy and control around the drum set. Modules in this level include:

  • Advanced Semi-Quaver Studies & Full-16 Beat Appplications
  • Semi-Quavers Triplets & Sextuplets
  • Double Strokes
  • Drum Fills Using Double Strokes
  • Comprehensive Snare Reading Patterns (Including Triplets)
  • Sight Reading & Listening Skills (Improvisation and Independence)
  • Double Bass Techniques
  • Drags & Ruffs
  • Shuffle, Half-Time Shuffle, Waltz and Jazz Rhythms
  • Drum Independence
  • Basic Chart-Writing
  • MDS Level 3 Evaluation & Grading
Intermediate Level 2

Intermediate Level 2 : WORLD MUSIC & 40 RUDIMENTS

Sometimes less is more. The student will be exposed to complex techniques and concepts. Modules in Level 2 include:

  • Drum Independence II
  • Speed Pattern Combinations
  • Alternate Stickings and One-Handed Drum Fills
  • Advanced Sextuplets
  • Advanced Double Bass Techniques
  • 40 International P.A.S Drum Rudiments
  • Rhythmic Phrasing & Terminology
  • Rests & Breaks
  • Improvisational Drum Fills
  • Rudiment Applications
  • Jazz & Swing Patterns
  • Bossa Nova, Samba, 3-2 Clave, 2-3 Clave, Rhumba
  • Chart-Writing
  • MDS Intermediate Course Evaluation & Grading
Intermediate Video Promo 1

Intermediate Video Promo 1

31st May 2020, 35 of our MDS Students performed at our first-ever Virtual Recital. A total of 112 attendees came together for the streaming party on our MDS ZOOM Meeting. With a collection of 8 songs, these students (who switched to online classes) will be drumming from their homes. They recorded their drum performances using their own phones, tablets, and cameras.

Performers: Arthur Liew (9 years old) Chow Tongen (16 years old) Jovan Pang (11 years old) Anastasia Chieng (16 years old) Jeremy Ang (25 years old) Brendon Kwang (20 years old) Cheng Wee (24 years old)

Intermediate Video Promo 2

Intermediate Video Promo 2

You might have seen his cover of Praise You from 7 years ago… after a long break, Hian Ming is back to the drumset and showing us some fusion chops and great groove in this song from Akira Jimbo.

Enjoy the drum solos!