Professional Certificate


Next Semester
Starts April 6



3 Courses (9 Credits) or $1,497 Per Course
Only $4,041.90 when paid all at once

Successful modern drummers are versatile, creative players with a keen sense of touch, dynamics, and coordination. Focusing on rock, funk, and R&B settings, this program will advance your skills in these areas, starting with the basics of musicianship and technique and concluding with forays into advanced improvisation. Whether you aim for a smooth “in the pocket” sound like John “Jabo” Starks of the J.B.’s or a rough rock sound like Jose Pasillas of Incubus, you'll further your development as an excellent and expressive drummer who can effectively bring multiple styles to the table.

Course Requirements

3 Required Courses to Complete this Certificate

Drum Set Fundamentals (OPERC-160)
Level 1 Course
by Yoron Israel

Improve your overall coordination, touch, and dynamics, and gain a solid foundation in drum set performance and musicianship.

Rock Drums (OPERC-261)
Level 2 Course
by Rod Morgenstein

Learn to play a variety of rock drumming styles through the study of some of rock music's most significant drummers.

Funk/R&B Drums (OPERC-263)
Level 2 Course
by Jim Payne

In Funk/R&B Drums, you'll focus on developing solid time and an "in the pocket," laid-back time feel to your playing, exploring topics from triplet-based blues to gospel patterns, and everything in between.

Upon Completion of this Certificate Program, You'll Receive:

  • Professional credential from the world leader in music education
  • Credits that may be eligible for transfer toward a Bachelor's degree program
  • A physical certificate from Berklee College of Music
  • A verified, digital certificate that you can share


Contact our Academic Advisors by phone at 1-866-BERKLEE (U.S.), 1-617-747-2146 (INT'L), or by email at

We can also answer basic questions in the comments below. Please note that all comments are public.