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16 Personalities for Drum-Set: Full Collection

16 Personalities for Drum-Set: Full Collection

A collection of 16 individual drum-set pieces, each based on a personality type from the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator Test.


This project is the result of my master's composition thesis, which details the musical choices made in the writing process, matching drum-set textures to each of the 16 types based on the individual traits that make them up. This project was written as a result of my fascination with personality types and how they influence daily interactions, as well as my experiences playing, writing for, and teaching drum-set.


Each of the 16 types is evenly divided into four sub-groupings. Each of the sub-groupings have definitive characteristics, and therefore musical ideas that they share in common as well.


The Analysts: INTJ, INTP, ENTJ, and ENTP

The Diplomats: INFJ, INFP, ENFJ, and ENFP

The Sentinels: ISTJ, ISFJ, ESTJ, and ESFJ

The Explorers: ISTP, ISFP, ESTP, and ESFP


The full collection offers a wealth of pedagogical value, allowing teachers to choose from solos that contain a variety of different standard/atypical drum-set styles, musical forms, material manipulations, improvised sections, time signature changes, expressive dynamics, and extended techniques.


Difficulty: Intermediate, Intermediate-Advanced, Advanced.


Length: Each solo is roughly 1.5-2 minutes long, for a total of about 30 minutes of music. 

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