- UCAS Code: Not Applicable
- Course duration: 3 years (full-time)
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The BA (Hons) Creative Music Performance course provides you with an opportunity to specialize in drums. It aims to empower learners by equipping them with a high level of instrumental skill and the ability to develop an authoritative, individual approach to the performance and creation of music. On completion of the course you will have established a varied portfolio of creative work and have an understanding of how to develop your own unique approach to your specialism and the wider industry.
Studying for your degree at DIME means you will have drumsticks in your hands everyday for the duration of the course. We recognize that if you want to compete as a player and be the best that you can be, you will need intensive instruction along with the time to practice and develop your technique, own style and form a realistic and achievable career plan. This course is for musicians who are serious about their music and focused on a career in today’s fast paced and ever changing music business environment. You will study in a drum group for most of your classes and in mixed discipline groups for performance and music business studies.
What you’ll do
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Year 1: Level 4
As well, we will cover ear training and theory of music from scratch (for those of you who have learned to play by ear). We will progress quite rapidly through to a logical study path, that will help you make sense of the music you hear from sophisticated progressive rock to modern jazz fusion and everything in between. Do not fear theory, it is the musician’s friend. It is a good idea to have access to an electric keyboard so you can visualize the harmonic structures we talk about in a very clear way. With a small amount of daily effort you will become fully musically literate.
We will then back this up with a series of intense live performance workshops where you will develop your ensemble playing skills. You will become confident and consistent on stage and learn to play in a tight band unit, locking as a rhythm section, being sensitive to arrangement and the importance of getting the part exactly right. You pay attention to nuisances such as playing in front, on top or behind the beat when called for. You can take part in DIME sponsored gigs and get supported in raising your live performances to professional standards.
You will apply this learning in the context of a live rhythm section, taking charts and grooves and jamming under the direction of an experienced producer who will encourage you to be disciplined in laying down solid grooves. You will be encouraged to push the level of experimentation and innovation in your ideas for parts and improvisations.
Year 2: Level 5
You will be encouraged to develop your own learning methodologies including self-devised exercises and practice routines that will enhance your technical abilities. The application of these skills into a broader musical context will develop you into an individual player. DIME do not aspire to turn out drummers who all sound the same, let us help you to find your own voice and your own musical niche.
You will need to showcase this material in band performances that will take place in both timetabled live performance workshops and gigs. This will get you used to the feel of different venues and stages, playing through different PA systems so you gain the authority and consistency of a professional player.
Year 3: Level 6
This class requires you to research and report on the career opportunities available for you as a drummer, taking into account the range of skills you have. You will use this study to investigate and describe how your craft can be contextualized in professional opportunities. Being inspired by examples of entrepreneurial practice and artistic excellence you will make your own plans and strategy. We will help you refine career goals, as they need to be realistic and achievable. Your portfolio will also include a personal website and various forms of social media to support your professional work.