Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Studio Music and Jazz (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

John A. Daversa

Second Committee Member

Martin Bryce Bejerano

Third Committee Member

Stephen P. Rucker

Fourth Committee Member

Svetoslav R. Stoyanov


Piano and drumset both play important roles in jazz music. The main similarities between these instruments are that they are both classified as percussion instruments. The purpose of this study is to investigate how typical technical approaches on the drumset can be used to help jazz pianists improve their overall rhythmic concept and understanding of complex rhythms, as well as their two hand coordination in order to facilitate their solo piano skills. This study explores several basic drums techniques, and how they can be applied to the piano to help jazz pianists gain and develop strong rhythmic independence. This approach can be very beneficial to jazz pianists who have problems with the rhythmic elements involved in solo piano performance. The various exercises in this paper can be implemented in a simple way, yet are structured in a way that creates endless possibilities for the jazz pianist to explore.


Jazz Piano; Drumset; rhythmic concept; two hand coordination; rhythmic independence