Thomas Lang gives a construction tour of the building of the 9 Beats USA Music School headquarters in Oak Park, Los Angeles. We drove from his home studio to the brand new location where 9 Beats USA is being build. Thomas gives a full tour in the new complex and explains everything about 9 Beats USA in the video below. A huge project that will cover both North and South America.
Dazzling numbers When we visited Thomas Lang at his home studio in Los Angeles this January to do other cool stuff, the legendary drummer was eager to show us his latest Big Thing taking shape a short drive from his home. Not a new Bonanza or Boot Camp, but an even bigger endeavor that will cover two continents: 9 Beats USA.
Together with Chinese drummer and educator Li Hongyu, Thomas Lang is the owner of 9 Beats USA. Mr. Li, as we can call him, founded The Nine Beats Music Education Institute in 2003 in Tianjin, China.
Fast forwarding to 2020. As we speak, Nine Beats now has schools in 565 cities across China and has established more than 1,200 campuses. But here the numbers get really crazy: there are more than 350,000 students studying with over 8,000 teachers in Nine Beats schools in China alone!
DW, Meinl, Roland and Guitar Center Learn more about Nine Beats below the video. First, we let Thomas take you through the new school and HQ in Oak Park, California. Thomas talks about everything that is being done to set up this 9 Beats location that will be the headquarters for both North and South America.
In the middle of all the construction work, he shows all the teaching rooms, the offices and the main studio. And that last one is huge! It is the room where Thomas will be recording many videos, lessons, performances and much more. All content that will also be available in the 9 Beats App that is used by literally millions of students.
The instruments taught at Nine Beats include drums of course, but also guitar, bass and keyboards. Because of Thomas' endorsements the drums and cymbals will be DW drums and Meinl cymbals. American retailer Guitar Center is helping out with the gear and construction of the control room. There will also be a Roland sponsored room with gear such as the TD-50KV and VAD506 electronic drum kits. 9 Beats has a 68-volume course curriculum of which 23 are for drums.
Thomas Lang gives construction tour of 9 Beats USA Drum School By the way, did you know Thomas has a new album called 'Progpop'? Watch all the videos he released with it on the 'Progpop-page' on Drummerszone.
Nine Beats Music Education Institute Since it was established, Nine Beats has been committed to expanding and developing exciting and innovative new programs for children's modern music education. Nine Beats' self-developed system for learning rock drums, jazz drums, electric guitar, electric bass, snare drum rudiments, and marimba is recognized as a scientific and effective learning system.
The Nine Beats learning system combines both a series of textbooks with effective learning techniques and defined benchmarks for learning and effective progress. The App accompaniment to classroom learning provides an engaging, modern and fun aspect to learning that links the students to the curriculum and progress in real time.
The Nine Beats method is also based on a unique, small group learning environment that creates a positive, group dynamic for more effective learning. The Nine Beats teacher training system has trained thousands of music educators who have gone on to teach in many 9 Beats locations across China.