The core aims are to establish a clear path of progression from one grade to the next, and ensure that each section of grade is relevant to the needs of the candidate.
This approach is based on a well- researched teaching of techniques. It recognized that concepts of syncopation and different time values are not inherent. Such concepts require development in a logical method. The exercises and pieces are designed to aid that development.
The syllabus reflects a need for both solo and ensemble performance. There is a dearth of solo music for drum kit, and it is hoped that the inclusion of a wide range of pieces as options for each grade may help to fill that void, and provide other opportunities in addition to ensemble playing. At the same time, we recognize that the ability to accompany other musicians is one of the principal task of drummer.
The syllabus is organized in such a way that technical demands are developed in a carefully structured, cumulative way.