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UPDATE: All Group Classes are being offered exclusively through REMOTE and ONLINE DELIVERY in Fall 2020. Click on the course links below for details or learn more on our About The Conservatory page.

About Our Classes

Learn about and build connections with other enthusiastic percussionists. More class information can be found in our online registration system or by clicking on the course links below. Browse all of our registration options.

Program Term Courses Ages
Basics Fall Percussion Basics 8-15
Meet-up's Fall Percussion Meet-up (Sep) Percussion Meet-up (Oct) Percussion Meet-up (Nov) Percussion Meet-up (Dec) 16+

Percussion Basics

Due to our limitations with ensemble learning this fall, our Conservatory Drumline instructor Les Schaeffer, will be offering special courses for beginners interested in learning snare drum this fall instead of our typical drumline beginner program. 

Percussion Meet-up's

For our intermediate/advanced percussionists, these monthly meet-up's provide an opportunity to share new repertoire, learn new rhythm patterns, and socialize with other people enthusiastic about the drums! These sessions are once a month for 1 hour each.

What is Drumline?

The Conservatory Drumline is a band made entirely of percussionists. In a drumline, students are not just learning about percussion basics, they learn basic music theory, build teamwork as they work with an ensemble, and form lifelong friendships with other youth. From school band percussionists to drum kit players, all aspiring percussionists are welcome to join. Drumlines are ensembles typically found in a marching band or drum and bugle corps, however, a drumline can be its own music ensemble. Drumlines are popular in the United States and you will often see them perform their intricately choreographed and high energy pieces at pep rallies and during organized sports events like football or basketball games. Look at the Chicago Bulls Stampede Drumline, MSU Drumline, and our province's own Rider Drumline for examples of drumlines. There are five key instruments: snare drum, tenor drum, bass drum, drum kit, and cymbals. Students will be placed in certain instruments based on interest and previous experience. Beginners typically start on snare drum and move onto other drums when they are ready. This group is led by Les Schaeffer and Chris Worthington. Read more in our Instructor Biographies

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