DRUM PROGRAM

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute is designed to fully prepare aspiring drummers for a successful career in today’s music business. Our exciting program is contemporary and diverse and sets our graduates on the path to accomplish all of their goals as working drummers.

DRUM PROGRAM

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute is designed to fully prepare aspiring drummers for a successful career in today’s music business. Our exciting program is contemporary and diverse and sets our graduates on the path to accomplish all of their goals as working drummers.

AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

MI’s Drum programs offer a diverse and practical approach to contemporary drum education. At MI, drumming is a total-immersion experience–learn a new groove or fill during your morning college drum class, and use it on stage that same afternoon in front of your professors and classmates. Here, you gain first-hand access to some of the greatest drummers in the world through frequent clinics and concerts.

The program is constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of drummers and the workplace, going beyond traditional drumming skills to include electronic drumming, digital recording, loops and sequencing. An MI Drum education gives you the real-world experience and confidence you need to meet the changing demands of the profession while you also preserve your individual vision as a player.

MI’s Drum Program also offers courses on Electronic Drumming, Contemporary Cajon, Basic Afro Cuban percussion including conga, bongo, timbales and hand percussion.

 

DEGREE OPTIONS

Bachelor of Music

Associate of Arts

Certificate in Music Performance

Non-Certificate

CAREER OPTIONS

Our students graduate as well-rounded musicians, thanks to our well-developed and immersive college drum classes. MI students enter the work field with a robust skill set which enables them to handle live or studio gigs, utilize modern technology, publish music and negotiate business deals. Common career paths for those who have completed our drum program include:

TOURING DRUMMERS
STUDIO MUSICIANS
SOLO ARTIST
CLINICIAN

AUTHOR
ARTIST RELATIONS MANAGER
PRODUCT SPECIALIST
DRUM TECH

CURRICULUM

MI has a competitive curriculum that will make sure students are fully prepared for everything they can encounter in a drumming career.

  • Cutting Edge – Courses such as E-Drumming, Studio Drumming and Timekeeping present the latest technical side of drumming with a focus on Ableton Live, ProTools, and sound production. Our newest course, E-drumming Essentials, helps students further gain experience using acoustic triggers, triggering pads, multi pads, and e-kits.
  • Diverse – Our Drum Performance, Advanced Drumming and Live Performance Workshop are just some of the diverse courses designed to prepare students for an array of experiences in touring and gigging. MI introduced even more diverse courses, including Gospel/ R&B Drumming, Progressive Drumming, and Hybrid-Cajon.
  • Traditional – Drum Reading, Drum Technique and Developing Your Groove offer a clear and cohesive presentation of the fundamentals of drumming.
  • Balanced – Keyboard Proficiency, Drum Recording, Harmony & Theory and Ear Training give our drummers a musical edge with knowledge to expand their careers in the songwriting and publishing fields.

FEATURED FACULTY

Our faculty is comprised of dedicated, working professionals in the competitive Los Angeles music scene. These passionate professionals offer clear guidance and nurturing class environments, designed for students get the most out of their time at MI.

JEFF BOWDERS
CREDITS: PAUL GILBERT, GTR TOURS

GIANLUCA PALMIERI
CREDITS: MARAGOLD, GENR8R

GORDEN CAMPBELL
CREDITS: EARTH WIND & FIRE, GEORGE DUKE, BEYONCE

FACILITIES

  • Full production sound stages and recording studios
  • Fully equipped 24/7 practice facilities and computer labs with the latest industry standard equipment
  • New private drum studio specifically designed to accommodate one-on-one program chair counseling sessions and live auditions
  • Concert Hall access, with full audio/video recording capabilities
  • Multiple performance and recording studios available for student practice
  • Security on campus 24/7
  • Specialty gear such as be-bop and e-kits.

SUCCESS STORIES

GREG GARMAN
SELENA GOMEZ

CHAD SMITH
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

CURT BISQUERA
TOM PETTY, ELTON JOHN

ANDERSON PAAK
ANDERSON PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS

NATE LOTZ
RYAN ADAMS, HALSEY

RAY LUZIER
KORN

WHY MI?

New Technology

MI offers a digital-based BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) curriculum, providing a comprehensive music education with exclusive downloadable eBooks available on any mobile platform.

Professional

Instructors are working professionals, touring and recording with top artists, who bring their experiences back to the classroom.

24-7 Access

Over 75 Private practice labs, 12 performance rehearsal rooms and 30 project recording studios are available for all your needs.

Hollywood Campus

MI’s state-of-the-art campus in the heart of the entertainment industry has a Concert Hall, computer labs, classrooms with full backline and a fully-equipped Music Library.

Personalized

Small class sizes, private lessons and Open Counseling sessions mean you get personalized attention and guidance from a variety of instructors.

All Music

500+ courses are offered every academic Quarter, covering a wide variety of core & elective subjects in music and the entertainment industry.

READY TO ROCK?

The first step in applying to any MI program is to complete an Application for Admission.

QUESTIONS?

Our admissions department is available to answer your questions, give us a call!

COURSE CATALOG

Program requirements, tuition for individual programs, and course information