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.
Performance-Based Education in Contemporary Music
Musicians Institute's challenging Bachelor of Music in Performance (Contemporary Styles) is a unique degree program combining contemporary music performance with rigorous education in traditional music disciplines. The intensive program emphasizes the development of stylistic depth, creative maturity and professional competence as part of a comprehensive program preparing you to enter the contemporary music industry. Upon completion of all requirements, you are eligible to receive the Bachelor of Music in Performance in one of five major instruments of study: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard and Vocals.
- BACH-PL Private Lesson
- BACH-P151-P453 Bachelor Ensembles
- (various) Instrument Study/Reading
- BACH-P104-144 Performance
- BACH-P108-P118 Sophomore Jury
- BACH-P208-P218 Senior Jury
Associate of Arts
The Associate of Arts in Performance (Drums) program includes a combination of general and instrument-specific courses designed to produce skilled, knowledgeable, stylistically and technologically versatile drummers. Courses are described below (see course catalog for specific course descriptions and other information). Combined with regular seminars, clinics, and small open counselling sessions with internationally-known drummers, the AA-Drum program provides the world's premier contemporary drumming educational experience.
The four-quarter, 60 credit-unit Certificate in Performance (Drums) is the perfect program for contemporary drummers. The unique, intensive curriculum develops professional-level skill, experience and confidence while preserving your individual vision as a player. Internationally-recognized instructors not only train you in traditional and innovative playing styles and techniques, but show you how to work with leading-edge technology. Frequent clinics and concerts provide first-hand access to a cross-section of the greatest drummers in the world. The Drum Program at MI gives you the tools and playing experience you need to achieve your creative and career goals as a contemporary drummer.
The MI Select Program (Non-Certificate Training in Music Performance) is designed to allow you to create a full-time, ten-week program by choosing from available lessons, classes, performance workshops and other activities. Enrolment is available at the beginning of any quarter and may be repeated for additional quarters.
The MI Select Program includes:
Based on an initial evaluation, the MI Select Coordinator provides you with a list of available courses that are appropriate to your level of knowledge and skill. From that list, you create a class schedule equal to a full-time credit load of fifteen units.
NOTE: Course offerings vary by quarter and some courses and programs are not available for MI Select enrolment. A list of available courses will be provided to you by the MI Select Coordinator prior to registration. To confirm the availability of specific courses, please consult with the MI Select Coordinator prior to enrolment.
Every instrument MI Select session includes weekly, one-hour private lessons on your primary instrument. Instructor and you jointly develop a lesson plan based on your particular interests and the instructor provides general guidance throughout the program.
NOTE: Requests for private lessons with a specific instructor are subject to instructor availability.