I’ve put together this Syllabus with the intention to provide my students with a road map toward achieving the complete understanding of the foundations of drumming.  Once my students finish the course listed below, the fun really begins and then its then time to get creative.  It’s important to attend lessons regularly and to practice in the order outlined for you.  You must fully understand each section before moving on to the next.  This will avoid holes in your knowledge of drumming, something I called swiss cheese theory.  Keep in mind that true understanding and skill takes time and steady practice.   Also Remember that the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask, never be too shy to ask me anything.


  1. Read all of the words in your instructional books.  The author had a plan for the method they established in the book.  Take the time to read their thoughts about how to practice otherwise you might miss out on the most efficient way to practice the exercises.
  2. I’ll be adding handwritten notes and worksheets to help you fully understand the material listed below.
  3. About practicing – Make sure you set aside a time every day to rehearse and follow a regimented routine.  Try to set a goal of not missing one day during your week or month of practice, it’s more important to be consistent than it is to cram for a lesson.  When I practice I try to work as a well-rounded drummer by starting with a warm up.  After my warm up I try to hit every part of my playing that needs work.  Throughout my week I try to make sure I didn’t neglect anything or favor any one aspect of my drumming.
  4. Practice with a metronome as much as possible.
  5. Check back frequently as this guide will change as I elaborate on my method.

I Usually Structure My Practice Routine Like So:

■     Warm Up

■     Reading

■     Snare Solos

■     Coordination

■     Feet

■     Groove & Fill Study

■     Play Songs & Being Creative

Books:  Some books may not be needed, ask which are right for you.

  1. Blank Manuscript Book
  2. Understanding Rhythm
  3. Alfred’s Beginning Drum set Method
  4. Alfred’s Beginning Snare Drum Solos
  5. Drum Class Method Vol. 1
  6. Elementary Drum Method by Roy Burns
  7. Ted Reed Syncopation

View the Foundation Syllabus by following this LINK