Our Curriculum  >  Snare Drum


The snare drum curriculum focuses on all the techniques to develop reading, hand control, and the understanding of rudiments.

We also specialize with marching band and drum corps techniques.


  • Care and tuning of the instrument
  • Proper grips
  • Use of full down and up strokes (Stone technique)
  • Double strokes and the development of the open stroke rolls
  • Basic rudiments with proper stick positions; single, double, triple paradiddles, flams, flam taps
  • Reading basic rhythms on the snare drum, quarters, 8ths, 16ths, and 8ths note triplets
  • Develop time keeping skills by working with a metronome or click track


  • Intermediate snare drum book which includes reading various time signatures, and implementing flams, ruffs, and open and closed rolls as well as dynamics within the text
  • Continued studies of the Stone technique (setting up positions and eliminating excess motions)
  • Continue to develop time-keeping skills while  working with metronomes and click tracks
  • Study of hand positions for the remaining 40 PAS drum rudiments
  • Hand control exercises – stick control and Masters studies


  • Advanced reading – including various time signatures, interpretation and rhytmic modualation
  • Development of the 3 stroke roll
  • Advanced hand control studies
  • Continued development of time keeping skills while working with metronomes and click tracks

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