Our task is to form veritable talents who possess the necessary gifts to become masters, without attending to the ungifted mediocrity.

Liszt to Giovanni Sgambati

Jazz Drum admission requirements for non-degree studies

Ted Reed's Syncopation book

How to play the Syncopation Exercises

Syncopation Exercise 1

Syncopation Exercise 2

Syncopation Exercise 3

Syncopation Exercise 4

Syncopation Exercise 5

Syncopation Exercise 6

Syncopation Exercise 7

Short solo drum improvisation - 2-3 minutes.

Drumming the following materials in the general styles and rhythms of jazz with piano and piano-double bass accompaniment:

Swing accompaniment and solo interlude (in 4 or 8 beats) with triplet and eighth note rhythm, in 4/4, 3/4 and 6/8 beats, with stick and wire brush. Solo performance in 4, 8, 12, 16 and 32 beats.

Accompaniment of a jazz ballade with stick and wire brush.

Accompaniment of Latin and Afro-American pieces - bossa-nova, samba, rumba, Afro-Cuban etc. - of different tempo (slow, middle and fast) with solo interludes.

Accompaniment of jazz-rock pieces with solo interludes.

Ad hoc accompaniment of a rubato piano piece.

Special theoretical admission requirement for jazz drummers: rhythm notation – notation of  drum accompaniment and drum solo performed on full drum set by ear.


Classical percussions main subject


Snare drum:

sight reading from Knauer and Stojko drum exercises



sight reading from Béla Zsoldos: Üstdobiskola (’Timpani Exercises’)



1 performance pieces, blues performance