Regardless of the style or genre, the drummer is often the engine of the band; they determine the rhythm and tempo of the music. Until the early 20th century, all the rhythmic instruments were still played separately by several percussionists. The gradual merging of the various components into a single drumkit occurred mainly out of practical and economic considerations. The drummer needs to use both arms and legs to be able to play all the components of the drumkit. So, it goes without saying that you need to have good coordination!

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The beginners course is suitable for those who have little to no experience in drumming. During the lessons you will learn the basic techniques, such as how to play basic rhythms and breaks. You will practice and improve your skills by playing along to music. You will learn to play various pop and rock styles. Further you will learn how to read drum sheet music, given that drums have their own notation.

Schedule & enrolment

Jean-Clair de Ruwe

Jean-Clair de Ruwe's passion for drumming started at an early age. In 1998, at the age of 16, he was admitted to the young talent class of the Utrecht Conservatoire, where he graduated cum laude in 2004. For years, he played at various stages, festivals, clubs and theatres in the Netherlands and abroad. The need to develop further brought him to the Big Apple twice (2011 and 2016), where he gained a lot of inspiration and took lessons from masters Rodney Green and Kenny Washington, among others. Jean-Clair has also been a drumming teacher at the Utrecht Centre for the Arts for eight years. At the moment he enjoys giving private lessons in his own studio in The Hague.

http://jeanclairderuwe.nl

The intermediate course Drumming is suitable for those who have followed the beginners course Drumming or have gained basic drumming experience elsewhere. You don’t need to have vast amounts of experience to take part in this course, but it is useful if you are familiar with drum notations (but this is not a requirement). During the lessons you will learn how to coordinate your hands and feet and how to hold the drumsticks. You will develop your skills by playing along with music, practice to play various pop and rock styles and learn a bit of music theory about various rhythms. By the end of this course, you will be able to play quite a few basic pop and rock rhythms.

Schedule & enrolment

Jean-Clair de Ruwe

Jean-Clair de Ruwe's passion for drumming started at an early age. In 1998, at the age of 16, he was admitted to the young talent class of the Utrecht Conservatoire, where he graduated cum laude in 2004. For years, he played at various stages, festivals, clubs and theatres in the Netherlands and abroad. The need to develop further brought him to the Big Apple twice (2011 and 2016), where he gained a lot of inspiration and took lessons from masters Rodney Green and Kenny Washington, among others. Jean-Clair has also been a drumming teacher at the Utrecht Centre for the Arts for eight years. At the moment he enjoys giving private lessons in his own studio in The Hague.

http://jeanclairderuwe.nl