The Music Program utilizes the Suzuki Method of teaching. Basically, this means, that with adequate practice, all students are taught in a way that they will be able to perform within a few months. We cannot underscore the need to practice, practice and practice. If you feel that your son is not ready to practice on a regular and consistent basis, we suggest that he attends another elective in the Shaarei Arazim After School Program.
Any student that has been at least 3 semesters in our music program will be entitled to perform at our end of the year grand performance. Last year’s performance had an audience of over 700 people.
All students in the Drum class must have a practice drum pad at least 6 inches, (the recommended drum pad is the 7 Inch, RealFeel by Evans Apprentice Drum Pad,- it is basically the same price as all other pads) and 2 pairs of drumsticks size # 7A. They must also bring a one subject notebook, which does not have to be a music note book. They must bring a writing utensil and a folder for homework handouts.
Drum class on a Beginner level (1st semester): Students are taught the proper way to hold the sticks and hit the drum, as well as an introduction to basic rhythm theory, including reading quarter notes and eighth notes. They will begin learning basic Snare drumming.
Drum class on an Intermediate level (2nd semester): Students will expand upon previous knowledge and skills of snare drumming, Adding combinations of eighth notes & sixteenth notes as well as rudiments and drum roll notation. Graduates will be allowed to audition for the Drumline, which would entitled them to perform at our end of the year grand performance. Last year’s performance had an audience of over 700 people.
Drum class on an Advanced Intermediate level (3rd semester): Students are taught to apply the above 2 courses to a complete drum set. They will learn more complex drumming skills and routines. If the students practices on a regular basis, after completing this course, they will be able to play along with most contemporary Jewish music.
Drum class on a Performance level (4th semester): Students will now be joining a performance class where ensemble performance skills are practiced and honed together as an orchestra. A strong emphasis will be placed on proper timing while playing alone and with other musicians as this is an imperative skill to master for their Grand Performance at the end of the year.