Drums

Drum lessons
that stick.

Our drums department is the cornerstone of  the AIM Academy simply because this is where it all started for our Program Director, Michael Alba.

Drum lessons that stick.

Our drums department is the cornerstone of  the AIM Academy simply because this is where it all started for our Program Director, Michael Alba.

THE JOURNEY

What to expect.

Read and write sheet music.

  • Learn and Understand Groove and Fills
  • Write drum charts
  • Be able to read notes and drum charts
  • Rudiments

Planned and progressive lessons.

  • Understand note values and how they are used in drums
  • Enjoy and be challenged according to your skill level

Holistic learning for drummers.

  • Play with confidence and creativity
  • Be a valuable team player in a music group
  • Proper posture and technique

COURSE CURRICULUM

Pilot courses.

The foundation of learning music

At this level, AIM academy will introduce a detailed

description of its instrument/voice of choice. Where

they will be educated to the proper way and method

on how to engage and play them along with

understanding musical notes, symbols, and musical

charts and enhancing their different Multiple Intelligences.

Learn

  • Important and essential musical scales (rudiments for dummers) and exercises to develop their muscle memory
  • Technique and sound quality
  • Appreciating groove and feel
  • Understanding the diff. of straight and shuffle feel
  • Understanding and knowing the meaning of each musical sections
  • Breaking down parts and sections of a song
  • Getting the right details
  • Coordination
  • Muscle memory exercises on learning songs
  • Pulse and timing awareness and workouts
  • Reading musical charts
  • Play along with audio materials

Rate: $190 per month for 3 months 

(once a week, 1 hour per session)

Focusing on versatility, fundamentals, and sightreading.

AIM Academy has prepared effective and more

progressive materials for the students to enhance their coordination, skills, sightreading, and technique.

Learn

  • New and challenging songs
  • New scales (rudiments for drummers)  and exercises
  • Touching up with technique and sound quality
  • Focusing on groove and feel
  • New musical symbols in song sections
  • Detailed breakdown parts and sections of a song
  • Performing the right details
  • Coordination
  • More muscle memory exercises
  • Pulse and timing awareness
  • Continue reading musical charts
  • Play along with audio materials

Rate: $210 per month for 3 months

(once a week, 1 hour per session)

A working musician level

Increasing, accelerating, and intensifying all materials

for the student to push them to their limit but synchronously inspiring them to become a professional musician.

Learn

  • New and advanced challenging songs
  • New scales and exercises
  • Enhancing more of the technique and sound qual
  • Complex groove, details, and feel
  • New musical symbols in song sections
  • Detailed breakdown parts and sections of a song
  • Performing the right details
  • Complex coordination
  • Different time signature
  • Intricate muscle memory exercises advanced musical charts
  • Play along with audio materials

Rate: $230 per month for 3 months

(once a week, 1 hour per session)

The freedom to choose

  • 1-on-1 course tailored and designed to your needs an exciting way to explore! this course is open to anyone who has at least 1-2 years accumulated XP of playing/singing or a graduate of the advanced level of AIM curriculum
  • Focusing on what the student/client wants and needs to learn in terms of songs, music theory, live musical performance, band situation, and recording.
  • Depending on the complexity and skillset of the student/client, they have the freedom to choose 3-5 songs + additional professional level songs prepared by aim academy

Specialization course is a big set-up for the student/client for the intensive higher-level module 1-5 courses

Learn

  • Formulas on how to be an effective musician
  • In-depth analysis of each song
  • Focusing on the character and vibe
  • How to be precise
  • Play along with audio materials
  • Breading down parts and sections of a song
  • Detailed music charts
  • Exercises for particular songs
  • Awareness of musical dynamics
  • Performance level

Rate: $290 per month for 3 months

(once a week, 1 hour per session)

COURSE CURRICULUM

Higher level courses.

A gateway to becoming an educated professional musician.

  • Proven and tested course for aspiring, working, church musicians, enthusiasts, and professional musicians to increase more of their knowledge, experience and musicality towards their instrument. honing their musical skills in terms of approach, discipline, versatility, awareness, techniques, and;
  • Most importantly, sight-reading.

Learn

  • Effective and essential warm up and workout exercises
  • 8 applied sightreading (ASR) figures
  • 20 essential pro level songs
  • Useful names of musical note values for ear training
  • Identifying straight and shuffle feel
  • Detailed breakdown parts and sections of a song
  • Performing the right details
  • Ways to formulas to write a music chart
  • Discipline and professional approach
  • Essential rudiments 1 & 2
  • Play steele brushes for jazz swing
  • Detailed musical charts
  • Unlock creativity
  • Play along with audio materials

Experience

  • Different music styles and approach
  • Enhanced coordination
  • Writing your own music chart
  • Sightreading as a pro
  • Control
  • Correcting bad muscle memory
  • Accomplishment
  • Overcome anxiety and stress

Rate: $310 per month for 3 months

(once a week, 1 hour per session)

A level-up in musicality, exploring, and experiencing different possibilities.

Intensified from the previous module 1, another proven & tested honing their musical skills to the next level, and pushing themselves to their limit.

Learn

  • Level 2 of effective and essential warm up and workout exercises
  • (8) 40 bar applied sightreading (ASR) figures
  • 40 standard rudiments and application/ effective modes and scales for harmonic instruments
  • 30 pro level songs
  • Additional useful names of musical note values
  • Rhythm dictation tests of musical note values for ear training
  • Music listening and analysis
  • Compound meter / odd meter/ mixed meter
  • Exciting traditional jazz and jazz fusion tunes
  • Detailed breakdown parts of sections of a song
  • Performing the right details
  • Additional ways and formulas to write a chart
  • Discipline and prof. approach
  • Detailed music charts
  • Fresh ideas / discover possibilities
  • Play along with audio materials

Experience

  • Different music styles and approach
  • Enhanced coordination with complex rhythm
  • Writing your own music chart
  • Sightreading as a pro
  • Control
  • Avoiding bad muscle memory
  • Accomplishment
  • Overcome anxiety and stress

Rate: $375 per month for 3 months

(once a week, 1 hour per session)

Experiencing the most influential culture and style in music.

In this journey, AIM Academy’s Program Director Michael

Alba will be sharing the Knowledge, Method, and Experience he learned from his Alma Mater, The Los Angeles Music Academy (Pasadena). On which he was raised as an Exceptional Student by the Program Head, the late Mike Shapiro. Covering all music departments, Student/Clients in this course level will do research knowledge on each music genre and experience on becoming an international session musician by learning, focusing and playing different music styles such as:

Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Orchestral, Big band Jazz, R&B, Funk & Soul, Gospel, Contemporary Christian music, Rock, Pop, World Ethnic Music, Jazz Fusion as well as Top 40’s from the 70’s and 80’s era through a Medley of songs per session.

Learn

  • Exciting and challenging applied sight-reading materials from LA Music Academy archive
  • 10-12 medleys
  • 12 personal song choices
  • Additional 5 specially arranged songs
  • Odd meters, tempos, and dynamic changes
  • How to deal with a lot of tempo changes
  • How to deal with dynamic and touch during song & tempo transition
  • Own song choice to perform weekly
  • Rhythm dictation tests of musical note values for ear training
  • Detailed breakdown parts and sections of a song
  • Authentic “feel” exercises in brazilian music
  • Character and attitude of each music genre
  • Discipline and professional approach
  • Detailed musical charts
  • Unlock creativity
  • Play along with audio materials

Experience

  • Different music styles and approaches
  • Cultural awareness
  • Stamina/ endurance at fast tempos
  • Intensified coordination
  • Writing your own music chart
  • Sightreading as a professional session musician
  • Control
  • Patience
  • Accomplishment
  • Overcome anxiety and stress

Rate: $450 per month for 3 months

(once a week, 1 hour per session)

Experience playing with world class artists and musical directors.

Being an essential part of every event or project, AIM Academy’s Michael Alba invested in archiving most of his recordings, concerts, live shows, bands, and commercials. And permitted by the musical directors and artists to use all materials for education purposes. In this curriculum, students/clients will hear the audio tracks played originally by AIM teachers and will learn the audio tracks by removing the tracks of AIM teachers to experience being the real musician behind the project.

Learn

  • Different musical styles of live artists
  • Different approach
  • How to blend with the artist/singer
  • More big band tunes to experience
  • Sightreading at its finest
  • Performance level and facial expression
  • Detailed musical charts
  • How to engage your skills in a live situation
  • How to understand the different styles of music charts writings by various musical directors
  • Detailed breakdown parts and sections of a song
  • More control, discipline, and professional approach

Experience

  • Recording vibe
  • Big stage vibe
  • Live TV vibe
  • Concert vibe
  • World class singing competition vibe
  • Overcome anxiety and stress
  • Expressing personal touch and own interpretation

Rate: $570 per month for 3 months

(once a week, 1 hour per session)

Recording an album.

This is it! Every artist and musician dreams of having their own music album, whether it’s all originals or covers. Having an album is a must-have attainment for all aspiring artists and musicians. AIM Academy will help you achieve this goal by guiding you with the process, preparing you the songs and tunes to be recorded professionally in a recording studio of your choice. AIM Academy will be producing the album along with guest producers as well. At the end of the program, AIM Academy will release the album independently as a Project Batch Album and will hand over the Master Copy of the recording to the students as proof of their achievement.

Learn

  • How to build a song structure
  • The appropriate sound for your tracks
  • Additional research on a particular style
  • Gears to prepare
  • Fitting musical parts for your tracks
  • How and what to set-up on the studio
  • How to check your final recorded tracks
  • How to focus during the recording session
  • How to approach sound engineers
  • Step by step process on composing your individual track
  • Preparation and mastering your part before the recording

Experience

  • Discipline and control
  • Focusing and relaxing
  • Professionalism
  • Overcome anxiety and stress
  • Accomplishment
  • Camaraderie towards band members and studio engineers

Rate: $790 per month for 3 months

(once a week, 1 hour per session)

Continuing education.

A deep study course tailored to its needs, focusing only in a particular needed music style. Understanding culture and artform. Progressing the skillset to make each student more effective, educated, and marketable.

Music genre to choose form:

  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • Motown, Funk, Soul, Hip hop, Rap, & R&B
  • Jazz Fusion
  • World Music
  • Brazilian
  • Afro-Cuban
  • Big band Jazz
  • Metal & Alternative Music
  • Blues
  • Country
  • EDM (Electronic Dance Music)
  • Etc.

Experience

  • The vibe
  • Musical taste
  • Deeper approach
  • Awareness
  • Excitement
  • Uniqueness
  • Beauty
  • Cultural awareness
  • Accomplishment
  • Overcome anxiety and stress

Multiple Intelligence Engaged:

  • Bodily Kinesthetic Intelligence
  • Musical
  • Visual-Spatial Intelligence 
  • Intrapersonal Intelligence
  • (Possible) Naturalistic Intelligence
  • Verbal Linguistic Intelligence
  • Logical/ Mathematical Intelligence

Wide-ranging and exciting sessions.

A required 10 songs and 2 medleys that are pure to its artform will be focused during the sessions. With a graded Final exam on the 12th session before the student can press on again to the next musical genre proficiency course.

Day 1-2 – Introduction and research of the music genre and exercises.

Day 3-4 – Discussion, tests, and evaluating the 1st (2) assignment performances

Day 5-6 – Discussion, tests, and evaluating the 2nd (2) assignment performances

Day 7-8 – Discussion, tests, and evaluating the next (4) assignment performances

Day 9-10 – Discussion, tests, and evaluating the next (2) assignment performances

Day 11 – Discussion, tests, and evaluating the next (4) medley performances

Day 12 – Graduation Day: The Program Director will invite guests and professional musicians that will evaluate the performances of the student

Students will be provided with complete materials of pdf, jpeg, audio, and video files via email or website.

Rate: $895 per month for 3 months

(once a week, 1 hour per session)

GROUP PROGRAMS

Team building program.

Drumming to strengthen camaraderie.

An effective team building activity.

Always looking forward to the next session, there will always be something new to discover every session, whether it’s in body coordination, progress, or group performances.

The course is available to all corporate companies, first responders, seniors, elderly nursing homes, organization, churches, and after school program.

Activity

  • Introduction to Drumming
  • Drumometer Speed workout
  • Groove exercises
  • Learning progress: from easy, average, challenging, and expert level songs
  • Learning how to read notes and understand music charts
  • Group games
  • Group time analysis
  • Discussion
  • Assignments for the next sessions
  • Culmination and performances on the last session

Experience

  • Belongingness
  • Fun coordination
  • Healthy exercise focusing on small and big muscle groups
  • Increased productivity
  • Mood improvement
  • Accomplishment
  • Overcome anxiety and stress

Rate: Upon inquiry

An inspiring and exciting group dynamics activity open to all “0” knowledge, music enthusiasts, and experienced in music and drumming. A great way to release stress and lessen the toxic environment within the company.

Drumming is a great workout for your brain and actually can make you smarter.

Research shows that the physical transmission of rhythmic energy to the brain actually synchronizes the Logical Left & Intuitive Right Hemispheres, showing that you access your entire brain. Drumming also appears to synchronize the lower areas of the brain (non-verbal) with the frontal cortex (language & reasoning).

Drumming can release negative feelings. The act of drumming can serve as a form of self-expression. You can literally drum-out your feelings. When held, negative emotions can form energy blockages. The physical stimulation of hitting the drums can help remove those blockages. Drumming has even been used therapeutically to help anyone deal with their emotions. It allows personal transformation and it stimulates creative expression and a chance to get to self-express, the equivalent of talk therapy.

For Seniors, elderly, and health facilities: 

Group drumming boosts cancer-killer cells. A study led by Neurologist Dr. Barry Bittman found that one group of drumming methods increased Lymphokine-Activated Killer (LAK) which signaled a strengthening of the body’s immune system.

Drumming is a good source of therapy.

Boosting the immune system to people who have Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Dementia.

Drumming also may be a powerful tool in helping retrain the brains of people who have some level of damage or impairment, such as with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

The sound of drumming generates new neural connections in all parts of the brain. This leads to a deeper sense of self-awareness.

Finally, drumming can induce a natural high by increasing Alpha brain waves. When the brain changes from the beta waves (concentration) to alpha waves, you feel calm and relaxed.

As such, Alpha waves can also produce feelings of well-being and even euphoria, which may help who suffer from mental illness, such as depression and anxiety.

GROUP PROGRAMS

Drum masterclass

A platform suitable or both online and face-to-face activity.

A variety of exciting educational activities for all ages and music enthusiasts all-year round.

Activity

  • Exercises and workouts
  • Drumometer Speed workout (face-to-face only)
  • Group rehearsals and performances (face-to-face only)
  • Communication
  • Learning progress: from easy, average, challenging, and expert level songs
  • Reading musical charts
  • Group games
  • Group time analysis
  • Discussion
  • Culmination and performances on the last session
  • Other topics will be arranged upon inquiry

Experience

  • Belongingness
  • Bonding/ Connecting
  • Fun coordination
  • Increased productivity
  • Mood improvement
  • Accomplishment
  • Overcome anxiety and stress

Rate: Upon inquiry

There are currently no upcoming drum masterclasses.

Meet our teachers

With a degree in music from LA Music  Academy (LAMA) he had a prolific music career as a session musician for live performances and in doing studio work. This long experience and prodigy-level skill in the drums allowed him to build a drum department that has all the ingredients of a sound, very effective music program for the drums.

Chelsea, a faculty member of the Drum Department. is great with children, teens and adults.

 

Started drumming at the age of 13 and joined different rock bands, competing in band competitions.

 

Her formal training was through AIM Academy’s higher level courses, and she completed Modules 1-4 with flying colors.

 

With her regular gigs and drum classes, she is also a dancer, violinist, and DJ.

 

“If I were a superhero, my super hero would be being able to multiply myself. This would help me accumulate knowledge faster and be able to keep doing different things all at once. My name would be Multi-woman!” 

 

-Chelsea

Alex, a faculty member of the Drum Department, is great with children, teens and adults.

 

A Bachelor’s Degree graduate in Music Education major in Percussion.

 

And completed the Teacher’s Training program with the First and Second Modules of A.I.M. Academy.

 

“If I have a superpower, travelling through time not for the reason of changing anything in the past or in the future, but to simply re-live the memories and experiences in one’s life.

 

I’d be lying if I said I don’t know anyone who wants to experience a particular moment in their lives for the 2nd time. Everyone, if given a chance, has at least one moment they would love to go back to and experience it again. It would be incredible to have that as my superpower”

 

-Alex

Earl, a faculty member of the Drum Department, is great with children, teens and adults.

 

A dynamic and versatile musician whose journey through the world of music began in a family of musicians. From a young age, he was immersed in the enchanting world of melodies and rhythms. At the tender age of 14, Earl picked up the drums, and from that moment, there was no looking back. 

 

Born and raised in a richly musical environment, Earl’s passion for music quickly transformed into his livelihood and life’s calling. At the age of 19, he embarked on a new chapter in the United States, where he continued to hone his craft and share his talents with audiences around the world. 

 

One of Earl’s most remarkable qualities is his ability to transcend musical boundaries. He is a true virtuoso of sound, playing with equal fervor and precision in a myriad of genres. From jazz to rock, classical to funk, and everything in between, Earl’s drumming brings a unique and infectious energy to every performance. 

 

Earl’s dedication to his art led him to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he honed his skills, broadened his musical horizons, and solidified his position as a top-tier drummer and musician. 

 

As a testament to his commitment to his fellow musicians, Earl is a proud member of the Professional Musicians Local 47. This affiliation reflects his dedication to the craft and the broader music community. 

 

Beyond his passion for performing, Earl is an active member of his community, contributing his musical talents to his church’s music ministry and supporting the nonprofit charity organization “AsOne.” This organization is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children in Laos, demonstrating Earl’s commitment not only to his craft but also to the betterment of society through music. 

 

In addition to his impressive educational background, Earl has completed Michael Alba’s Master classes Module 1-2, further enriching his knowledge and expertise in the world of drumming and music. 

 

Earl “Bee” Torres is more than a drummer; he’s a virtuoso who combines a lifelong love of music with a desire to make the world a better place through the power of melody and rhythm. With every beat of his drum, he creates an experience that transcends the ordinary and leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of his audience.

Jed, a faculty member of the Drum Department, is great with children, teens and adults.

 

With a long impressive 20 years of teaching and performing experience. He has refined his ability to simplify complicated drumming concepts and make learning and playing the drums fun and encouraging.

 

He also been a drummer of many musical groups including classical orchestra.

 

“If I were a superhero, My name will be “ The Chart Ranger” and my superpowers are: 

1. cracking any code, diagram and anything written.

2. I also am able to speak fluently and understand all languages. Yeah!

3. To top it all, I also have a stealth-mode powers that can easily hide and blend in any cords.”

 

-Jed

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