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    Private lessons are crucial to our “artist-as-mentor” pedagogy. Being located in the heart of the most vibrant jazz scene in the world, we have access to many professional musicians for private instruction, including more than 40 drummers and percussionists. (link to faculty) 

    All students participate in a small improvisation ensemble every semester, rehearsing, recording, and performing under the tutelage of a core faculty member. In addition, students can participate in elective ensembles to round out their performing experience. Here are some of the elective ensembles that are of particular interest to drum students: 

    Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Ensemble, M-BASE Ensemble, Rhythm and Blues Revue Ensemble, Live Drum ’n’ Bass Ensemble, Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Super Trios Ensemble.

    Make it your own! We encourage students to create their own ensembles through collaborations with other students and faculty mentors.