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Berklee Drum Set Audition Requirements

John Ramsay’s complete course will teach you everything you need to know to pass your Drum set audition. He covers Reading, Rudiments, Song Form, Time Feel and your Prepared Piece. It should be noted that Berklee has since modified their rudiment requirement to include all of the 26 standard rudiments.


3 Courses · 13 Lessons · 3 hours 21 minutes


John Ramsay

John Ramsay is famously known as the former head of percussion at The Berklee College Of Music. As an educator, John has also written two books, Art Blakey's Jazz Messages, and The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary as Taught by Alan Dawson, published by Alfred Publishing.  His Performances include Art Blakey, Gregory Hines, Wynton Marsalis, James Williams, Wallace Roney, James Moody, and many others. He has also recorded with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Big Band, Andy McGhee, Kenny Barron, and Cecil McBee.

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  • Advanced 7 Lessons 1 hr 38 min

  • $4200

Audition Basics

This course covers each area of the audition process for Berklee College of Music. Rudiments, snare drum and chart reading, and technique are all important aspects you will be asked to demonstrate your level of mastery over.

  • $4200

    7 Lessons 1 hr 38 min

  • Advanced 3 Lessons 1 hr 3 min

  • $1800

The Jazz Ride Cymbal

Your approach to the ride cymbal in Jazz is important for you to produce a good sound quality and time feel. John will demonstrate some exercises and patterns that will aid your ride cymbal interpretation.

  • $1800

    3 Lessons 1 hr 3 min

  • Advanced 3 Lessons 40 min

  • $1800

The Rudimental Ritual

The Rudimental Ritual was one of Alan Dawson's most challenging and comprehensive exercises that he would give to students. John will demonstrate the ritual and break it down into it's component parts.

  • $1800

    3 Lessons 40 min