DRUM

MI’s Drum Program is designed to fully prepare aspiring drummers for a successful career in today’s music business. The program is contemporary, diverse, and locks graduates onto the fast track to success.

DRUM

MI’s Drum Program is designed to fully prepare aspiring drummers for a successful career in today’s music business. The program is contemporary, diverse, and locks graduates onto the fast track to success.

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COURSE CATALOG

Program requirements, tuition for individual programs, and course information.

A TOTAL IMMERSION EXPERIENCE

MI’s Drum programs offer the world’s most-imitated approach to contemporary drum education. At MI, drumming is a total-immersion experience — learn a new groove or fill in the morning and use it on stage that same afternoon under the supervision of working professionals. 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

Graduating as well-rounded musicians, our 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 include:

TOURING DRUMMERS
STUDIO MUSICIANS
SOLO ARTIST
CLINICIAN

AUTHOR
ARTIST RELATIONS MANAGER
PRODUCT SPECIALIST
DRUM TECH

CURRICULUM

  • Cutting Edge – Courses such as Digital Drumming, Studio Drumming and Music Minus One present the latest on the technical side with a focus on Ableton Live, ProTools, sound production and triggering.
  • Diverse – Rhythm Section Workshop, Contemporary Drum Concepts, Advanced Drumming and Live Performance Workshop span a rich array of relevant styles and techniques preparing students for touring and gigging.
  • Traditional – Reading, Playing Techniques and Developing Your Groove offer a clear and cohesive presentation of the fundamentals of drumming.
  • Balanced – Introduction to Keyboards, 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 pool is comprised of dedicated, working processionals in the competitive Los Angeles music scene. These passionate masters offer clear guidance and nurturing designed to make the 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
  • Concert Hall access, with full audio/video recording capabilities
  • Multiple performance and recording studios available for student practice
  • Security on campus 24/7

SUCCESS STORIES

RAY LUZIER
KORN

GREG GARMAN
SELENA GOMEZ

CHAD SMITH
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

NICK ADAMS
DAVID COOK

BENNIE ROGERS
MARIAH CAREY

CURT BISQUERA
TOM PETTY, ELTON JOHN

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.