Lessons

Each October, 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 weekly 50 minute lessons. 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. All courses are online and taught each week by Doug.

The courses offered are:

BEGINNER SNARE DRUMMING (Enrolment opens again Spring 2022)
October 2021 to May 2022
Starts Wednesday October 27th 2021 at 6pm EST on Zoom
Cost is $300.00 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 the four North American Drum Cadences in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 and 6/8 time. The scores are suitable for North American Massed Band performances, parades or 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 opens again Spring 2022)
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 (Enrolment opens again Spring 2022)
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 previous (pre 2021) 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 (Enrolment opens again Spring 2022)
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 (Enrolment opens again Spring 2022)
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.

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
  • 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 bi-weekly, weekly or occasional.
Cost is $50.00 CAD per 50 minute lesson
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– All students enrolled in a weekly group 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. Snare Drummers not enrolled in group courses can request these times also. The fee for solo lessons are in addition to the fee for any course and are purchased in groups of four lessons at one time. All solo 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 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.

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