If you aren’t watching Adam Tan’s videos on YouTube or following him on FaceBook, do it now! The videos are informative and funny. The videos include tutorials, reviews and performances. Check out this video for his “Top 10 Favorite Marimba Solos.”
What are your top 10 marimba solos? Leave a comment below.
I was saddened to hear the news that Mitchell Peters passed away this weekend. While I never met him, I have played and taught out of his books for over 20 years. He was a great educator and performer and he will be missed.
I don’t think it is a stretch to say that every percussionist in the United States has played something that Mitchell Peter’s wrote. He composed well known marimba solos such as Waves, Yellow After the Rain and Sea Refractions. He wrote many method books including Intermediate Snare Drum Etudes, Developing Dexterity and Fundamental Method for Mallets. He also wrote chamber and percussion ensemble works such as A la nañigo, Sonata-Allegro and Study in 5/8. These are just a few of the many works he wrote for percussion.
Rest in Peace Mr. Peters.
The Concord Blue Devils won their 18th DCI World Championship on Saturday night in Indianapolis. The Blue Devils scored a 98.537 in their final performance. The Santa Clara Vanguard (97.600) won 2nd place and The Cadets (96.875) placed 3rd. The Blue Devils had an amazing year, winning every competition leading up to finals. The Santa Clara Vanguard placed first in percussion for their final performance.
For complete results and recap analysis, check out DCI.org. Congratulations to The Blue Devils.
Were you there or did you watch it live? What were your favorite moments of the season? Leave a comment and let us know what you thought of the 2017 DCI season.
This year, Gary Burton announced his retirement from playing. NPR produced a great video about his last concert and plans for retirement. Enjoy.
The California Percussive Arts Chapter hosted the 5th annual Percussive Arts Society Competitive Festival on Friday, May 5th, 2017. The Competition was held at the Fresno State Music Building and percussionists competed in the following categories: solo marimba, solo timpani, solo concert snare, and chamber percussion ensemble. (more…)
On December 15, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama. This law replaced the No Child Left Behind law.
“With this bill, we reaffirm that fundamentally American ideal—that every child, regardless of race, income, background, the zip code where they live, deserves the chance to make of their lives what they will.” – President Barack Obama
As a member of the Yamaha Education Committee, our team has put together an ESSA Resource Guide that will give you tools to help you navigate this new education law, specifically about music program opportunities, and assist you in advocating for a music education program strategy in your local area. If you are a K-12 arts educator, please take the time to read and share this guide.
For more tools and tips, visit the Yamaha SupportED website. You can also sign up on the mailing list to receive music education updates.
A Music Teacher’s Guide to ESSA: Yamaha Sr. Director of Education, Marcia Neel