Drums for Producers 

Course Number: PROD-115DL Credit Hours: 3

Course Description

This course focuses on the skills needed for producers to communicate/ convey their ideas to a drummer. Students learn drumming vocabulary, tuning, and recording techniques, as well as drum set technique basics, functions, and grooves. The course aims for students to emerge better able to communicate, demonstrate and compose drum parts.

Dave Beyer

Drum Faculty

Dave Beyer is an in-demand professional drummer and educator in the Los Angeles area. He has toured, performed live and/or recorded with such artists as Melissa Etheridge, Christopher Cross, Jim Messina, The Motels, Wilson Phillips, America, Jewel, Joan Osborne, Gregg Allman, Michael McDonald, Loggins & Messina, Stephen Bishop, Buzzy Feiten, Jango and Debra Davis.

Dave is currently touring and recording with Christopher Cross, and played on the recently released in-concert DVD, “Christopher Cross: A Night in Paris.” Dave is also on Cross’s new CD, “Dr. Faith,” as well as the “30 Rock” Soundtrack and “Café Carlyle Sessions.” Dave is also tours with Wilson Phillips and Jim Messina. Dave has performed at major venues worldwide, including the Greek Theater, Universal Amphitheater, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Woodstock, Madison Square Garden and Royal Albert Hall.

Dave also stays busy as a studio musician, and as a producer who runs his own studio, Beyer Recording. He has played on such TV shows as 30 Rock, The Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, Extreme Home Makeover and Ally McBeal; films including Princess Diaries II and Happy Endings; as well as numerous TV spots and commercial jingles. Dave has also written for Modern Drummer magazine.

Week 1:

Lesson 1, Part 1: The students will learn the proper name and “studio slang” for the components of the drum kit.

Lesson 1, Part 2: The students will learn how to hold the drumsticks and how to get a good sound out of the drums. They will also learn a few rudiments.

Week 2:

Lesson 2, Part 1: In this lesson, we will work on drumbeats. We also cover bass drum tuning, playing, dampening, and miking techniques.

Lesson 2, Part 2: The cymbals and hi-hat are the focus of this lesson. Playing and miking techniques are covered.

Week 3:

Lesson 3, Part 1: The students focus on the snare drum. They learn how to choose the right snare for the job, miking and dampening techniques, and to start to weave multiple-note snare patterns into their drumbeats.

Lesson 3, Part 2: In this lesson, students will start to incorporate the toms into their drumming. They will also learn tom tuning and miking techniques.

Week 4:

Lesson 4, Part 1: Percussion is the focus of Lesson 4. The students learn to play the congas, bongos, guiro and cowbell.

Lesson 4, Part 2: Tambourine, shaker, triangle, and cajon are added to the mix.

Week 5:

Lesson 5, Part 1: The students will learn how to create a dynamic drum track.

Lesson 5, Part 2: In this lesson, the students will use everything (or most) they’ve learned in Lessons 1-9 to create and record a musical drum track.

Hardware & Equipment Requirements:

You will need:

  • Practice pad, stand, and sticks
  • Blue Yeti microphone
  • Webcam
  • Desktop or laptop PC or Mac with speakers, running the most up-to-date versions of Google Chrome or Firefox (see “Software Requirements” for more info)
  • Video/audio recording software, such as iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Recommended: Drums (acoustic or electric)


Software Requirements:

Operating Systems

  •         Windows 7 and newer (users on Windows 10 need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
  •         Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  •         Linux – chromeOS

Mobile Operating System Native App Support

  •         iOS 7 and newer
  •         Android 4.2 and newer

Supported Browsers

Canvas, our online learning platform, supports the last two versions of every browser release. We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Flash plug-in. As of March 12, 2016, we support the most recent versions of Flash and popular web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 11 and Edge (Windows only—please make sure your operating system is also current as noted in the computer specifications lesson; you may need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
  • Chrome 54 and 55
  • Safari 9 and 10 (Macintosh ONLY)
  • Firefox 49 and 50 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 22 and 23 (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements).

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Required Components

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Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor

Internet Speed

  • Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.
  • Minimum of 512 kbps

Screen Readers

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  • PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer)
  • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
  • There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome