Bebop, Rock & Beyond (Fundamentals) (MIN4226.01)

Michael Wimberly

Bebop, Rock & Beyond (Fundamentals) is a drum set seminar that surveys specific drumming architects of Bebop, Funk, and Rock music while investigating innovative drum set performers of today who are blending traditional rhythms from global communities into mainstream and improvised forms of music. Students will listen to drum set innovators Ed Blackwell, Art Blakey, Alex Acuna, Ignacio Berroa, John Bonham, Daphnis Prieto, Steve Jordan, and several others who have contributed to the development, craft, and innovation of the American drum set. Students will be tasked with learning and developing rhythmic patterns, learning/reading drum notation, and advancing their stick control, coordination, and overall ability to listen while making informed musical choices. Maintenance and tuning are key components to achieving a great sound from the drums. Students will be tasked with instrument maintenance while maintaining a controlled rehearsal environment.


Learning Outcomes:
*Students will enhance their skills through research and analysis
*Engage with your group as a community of collaborators
*Students make and revise original work, develop new ways of understanding

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: A written statement outlining your strengths and areas that need development, in addition to what you would like to accomplish from this class emailed by November 11. Auditions will be held November 10-17 by appointment. Email (
Corequisites: Playing a drum set or instrument is preferred
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 6
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: All courses , Fully In-Person , History , Instrumental Study , Performance
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