Using the classic Miles Davis track as a reference point, this performance based course will focus on the jazz tradition as establishing the foundation for contemporary drumming styles, particularly that of rock, as well as rhythm-and-blues and modern jazz. Class time will be organized into two main emphases, that of drumming technique and method, and that of drumming history and stylistic trends. Students are required to spend significant individual practice time on the instrument in order to integrate the material into his/her playing. In addition, exercises in writing about music (i.e. music criticism) will be assigned to develop a language for discussing the technical and conceptual aspects of artistry. The material presented in this class is aimed to be universally applicable to drummers both advanced and beginner, and is geared toward developing each student’s individual ability while learning in a group setting.