Lessons

As of October 2021, www.dougstronach.com will be offering a selection of online course-based group lessons in addition to individual solo lessons. The lessons will begin in October and end in May of the following year where there will be approximately 25 to 30 weekly 50 minute lessons offered. All material is in PDF format and can be printed or viewed on screen by the student. A good internet connection and a modern desktop, laptop or tablet computer is required to sit the courses. Zoom software will be used for each group and solo lesson. High quality audio examples of drumming and piping are also included in each course. In addition, optional written exams (open book format) and video presentations are available for those wishing to move up a level each year. Please read the FAQ for more details. All courses are online and taught each week by Doug.

The courses offered are:

BEGINNER SNARE DRUMMING
25-30 lessons from October 2021 to May 2022
Starts Wednesday October 27th 2021 at 6pm EST on Zoom
Cost is $250.00 CAD per student

– This course is designed for individuals, or bands without an instructor wishing to start a beginners program. The course starts with how to hold the drum sticks and progresses to four Army Manual Drum Scores in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 and 6/8 time. The scores are suitable for parades or concerts and first-year Grade 5 solo or band performance. Students must own pipe band model snare drum 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
25-30 lessons from October 2021 to May 2022
Starts Wednesday October 27th 2021 at 5pm EST on Zoom
Cost is $450.00 CAD per student

– For those that have either competed in Grade 5 Solo or band drumming, or have completed and passed the Beginner Snare Drumming Course. Rudiments, exercises and the PPBSO Recommended Scores for the Grade 5 Solo Drumming level will be learned. Piping and drumming recordings and all material will be provided.

GRADE 4 SNARE DRUMMING
25-30 lessons from October 2021 to May 2022
Starts Monday October 25th 2021 at 6pm EST on Zoom
Cost is $450.00 CAD per student

– For those that have either competed in Grade 4 Solo or band drumming, or have completed and passed the Grade 5 Snare Drumming Course. More advanced rudiments and exercises will be learned as well as the PPBSO Massed Band Scores (2/4, 3/4, 4/4 and 6/8) and one 4 parted 2/4 march for the PPBSO Grade 4 Solo Drumming level. Piping and drumming recordings for the scores and all material will be provided.

GRADE 3 SNARE DRUMMING
25-30 lessons from October 2021 to May 2022
Starts Tuesday October 26th 2021 at 5pm EST
Cost is $450.00 CAD per student

– For those that have either competed in Grade 3 Solo or band drumming, or have completed and passed the Grade 4 Snare Drumming Course. More advanced rudiments and exercises will be learned as well as a march, strathspey and reel for the PPBSO Grade 3 Solo Drumming level. Piping and drumming recordings for the scores and all material will be provided.

MUSIC THEORY COURSE
25-30 lessons from October 2021 to May 2022
Starts Tuesday October 26th 2021 at 6pm EST
Cost is $250.00 CAD per student or free (see below)

– This is mandatory for all drummers to complete before moving on to a new level.  It’s included free with any of the the courses but can also be purchased separately.  Snare, bass drum, tenor drum and pipers are all welcome to take the course. No instruments are required throughout the course. You will learn music notation, how to read music, how to write music and how to count and play monotone rhythms to a metronome. Melody and harmony theory as it pertains to bagpipes, tenor and bass drummers will also be covered.

ADDITIONAL LESSONS
For any student enrolled in one of the courses, there will also be optional classes 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
  • How to Memorize Music
  • Recording Audio and Video for Online Contests
  • Effective Practicing Strategies

SOLO LESSONS
Lessons can be monthly, occasional, spot (one-off) or as schedule permits.
Available from October to July
Cost is $50.00 CAD per 50 minute lesson

– All students enrolled in a weekly course can also schedule solo lessons. These are useful to go over any topics in the group class that may need clarification or to provide feedback on solo performance for competition. Grade 2, 1 and Open Snare Drummers can request these times also. The fee for solo lessons are in addition to the fee for any course and must be purchased in advance of each lesson time. Please note that additional solo lesson time slots will open at the end of May when group courses end for the year. These additional times will be useful for drummers planning on playing solo contests throughout the summer or catching up on missed material during the group courses. All lessons end completely in August 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 there will 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 offered.

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

For additional information please see our FAQ