Music Education

Traditional college music programs in the US focus on musical skill sets (reading, styles, etc), but no one’s talking to students about the big picture. What you do when you graduate from college? How do you market yourself? How do you get a job and keep it? It’s very important that we address these questions.


An Identifiable Feel

“Drumming is such a fantastic art. There is so much you can do with it. You want to learn new things and break new ground. But what young people don’t realize is that to work as a drummer a lot of times you are using some of the first drum beats you ever learned. And it’s a matter of: Can you elevate your ability to play those things to a level that is far beyond everybody else? Can you differentiate yourself from 99 other people playing the same, simple beat. That’s a challenge. Because that means that you have a sound, that you have a feel that’s identifiable, even if exactly what you’re playing is generic. That’s difficult to do.”

– Jim Riley
– Drummer for Rascal Flatts
– Clinician at Rich’s 3rd Annual Drummers Weekend

(photo: Ronn Dunnett)

JR - Ronn Dunnett

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