Lessons

Each October, www.dougstronach.com offers a selection of online group lessons in addition to individual solo lessons. The lessons begin in October and end in May of the following year where there are approximately 25 weekly sessions. All lessons are 50 minutes long and taught each week by Doug. Pre-recorded videos for lessons are never used – all lessons are conducted live in real time where students get to discuss and ask questions on all of the topics being covered. Students include beginners, competing and non-competing drummers of all levels, and from various parts of Canada and the USA. General information on the courses can be found in our FAQ here.

The courses offered this year are:

BEGINNER SNARE DRUMMING (Enrolment open now)
October 2022 to May 2023
Weekly, starting Tuesday October 18th 2022 at 6pm EST on Zoom
Cost is $300.00 CAD per student

– This course is designed for individuals of all ages, or for pipe bands without an instructor who need to add new drummers to their band. The course starts with how to hold the drum sticks, how to play simple rudiments and exercises, and progresses to the four North American Drum Cadences in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 and 6/8 time. The scores learned are essential for North American Massed Band performances as well as parades, concerts and first-year Grade 5 solo or band performance. Students must own pipe band model snare sticks and a practice pad to begin lessons. Please see our sponsor www.cds-shop.com for supplies or contact us for more information.

GRADE 5 SNARE DRUMMING (Enrolment open now)
October 2022 to May 2023
Starts Tuesday October 18th 2022 at 7pm EST on Zoom
Cost is $450.00 CAD per student

– For those that have either competed in or wish to compete in Grade 5 Solo or band drumming. New rudiments, exercises and the PPBSO Recommended Scores for the Grade 5 Solo Drumming level will be learned. A re-cap of the North American Drum Cadences with chip parts will also be reviewed. Piping and drumming recordings and all material will be provided.

GRADE 4 SNARE DRUMMING (Enrolment open now)
October 2022 to May 2023
Starts Wednesday October 19th 2022 at 6pm EST on Zoom
Cost is $450.00 CAD per student

– For those that have either competed in or wish to compete in Grade 4 Solo or band drumming. More advanced rudiments and exercises will be learned as well as the pre-2021 PPBSO Massed Band Scores (2/4, 3/4, 4/4 and 6/8) which are still played by many competing and non-competing bands in North America. A four parted 2/4 march for the Grade 4 Solo Drumming level will also be learned. Piping and drumming recordings for the scores and all material will be provided.

GRADE 3 SNARE DRUMMING (Enrolment open now)
October 2022 to May 2023
Starts Wednesday October 19th 2022 at 7pm EST on Zoom
Cost is $450.00 CAD per student

– For those that have either competed in or wish to compete in Grade 3 Solo or band drumming. More advanced rudiments and exercises will be learned as well as a march, strathspey and reel for the Grade 3 Solo Drumming level. A four parted hornpipe and jig will also be learned in preparation for the Grade 2 solo level. Piping and drumming recordings for the scores and all material will be provided.

MUSIC THEORY COURSE (Enrolment open now)
October 2022 to May 2023
Starts Thursday October 20th 2022 at 7pm EST
Cost is $300.00 CAD per student or free (see below)

– This course is included free with any of the snare drumming courses but can also be purchased separately.  Snare drummers, bass drummers, tenor drummers and pipers are all welcome to take the course to improve their understanding of the written notation used in piping and drumming music. No instruments are required throughout the course. You will learn how to read snare drum, bass and tenor drum and pipe music as well as how to write music out and how to count and play monotone rhythms to a metronome. A free online sequencer will also be used to reinforce the grid and develop a deeper understanding of rhythm and notation. The information given is important material for studying aspects of the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board (PDQB) exams. These exams are important for all players to sit and essential for prospective judges and teachers. More information on the PDQB exam process and full curriculum can be found here.

FREE WORKSHOPS
For any student enrolled in one of the courses, there will also be additional workshops offered free at various times throughout the year on some or all of the following subjects:

  • Snare Drum Setup
  • Snare Drum Tuning
  • Snare Drum Maintenance
  • Bass and Tenor Drum Theory
  • Bass and Tenor Drum Tuning
  • How to Memorize Music
  • Recording Audio and Video for Online Contests
  • Effective Practicing Strategies
  • How to Set Up Your Drum Carrier
  • Practice Pads, Sticks, Tuners and Keys

SOLO LESSONS
Lessons can be weekly or occasional.
Cost is $50.00 CAD per 50 minute lesson
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– If you prefer one on one solo lessons then you can schedule an online solo lesson instead of, or in addition to, an online group class. Solo lessons are paid for in groups of 4 at one time and are scheduled weekly or occasional (spot). All solo lessons end completely in July and start again for a new year in October.

PLEASE NOTE: Class sizes will be limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Minimum numbers are needed to run each course. Students will be given the option to change courses or receive a full refund if their chosen course does not run. Once a course starts and you have accessed the material, there can be no refunds. Payment is via Paypal (International) or email money transfer and credit card (in Canada only). Please get in touch using the contact page if you’re interested in signing up for any of the courses or solo lessons.

Snare, Bass and Tenor Setup, Tuning and Maintenance Workshop
– This online 2 hour workshop is designed for any band or individual wishing to know more about the function and use of their equipment. Please note a similar yearly workshop is available free of charge to students enrolled in one of the online courses above. This workshop can be scheduled at any time during the year for one or a group of players wishing to know more about their instrument. Doug has been a drum tech for over 20 years, setting up, maintaining and tuning drums for beginners to Grade 1 bands. Along with Hugh Cameron, he created the lightweight Conversion Drum as an alternative to the heavy and often bulky contemporary pipe band snare drum. He is also part owner of Custom Drum Sound, an online pipe band drum company selling products exclusively for pipe band drummers. For more information on fees and to setup a possible time for the workshop please use the contact page here.

For information on setting up your computer for online lessons, please visit this page here.

For more general information on the courses please see our FAQ here.