2016 CMEA All-State Audition Tutorials

Over the past couple of years, there have been many college percussion instructors who have recorded performances of the all-state repertoire for various states. Some of them include Thomas Burritt, Mark Ford, Matthew Holm and many more. (Search YouTube for “All-State Percussion” to find more). All of these are great resources for the young percussionist and I am happy to see so many great performances of these audition pieces.

Recently, Matt Cook, GRAMMY® Award winning percussionist and member of the LAPQ, has released the 2016 CMEA All-State Audition Tutorials. These tutorials include a performance video, a tutorial video, click tracks and PDF study guides for each piece. Check out the page on Innovative Percussion for all of the resources. Bravo Matt!

Percussion Education Summer Reads – July 2016


We are in the middle of summer and there are only 166 shopping days until Christmas. How’s your summer going so far? Have you been productive and accomplished your goals? It has been a busy summer for me and I still have a lot of items to check off my to-do list. I have been busy reading and listening to the #AskGaryVee podcast and book. If you are looking for some summer inspiration, take some time and watch, read or listen to something he has produced and let me know what you think. Have a great week and check out the articles below. Leave a comment below and let me know what you are reading. Stay tuned for an announcement about a summer book reading club later this week. (more…)

Percussion Education Reads 2016 Graduation Edition


It is graduation time and all over the US, college and university students are walking down the aisle and moving on to grad schools, internships and other opportunities that are waiting for them. For some, this is also a time of uncertainty while they figure out the next step. Being a musician/artist is difficult. Not kind of difficult or even a little difficult, EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. I recently watched a video GaryVee posted on YouTube (What to do After College) where he talks about taking the next 5 years of your life to build your career path. It is all about the hustle! That means turn off Netflix/YouTube/SnapChat and make every minute count. Below are some other sources of inspiration. I hope you find them enriching as you grow and continue down your path. Good luck and please feel free to leave a comment if I can ever do anything for you. (more…)

On Student Attendance at Faculty Performances


By Tracy Wiggins

Music students of the world: Your teachers spend more of their lives than you can imagine right now perfecting their crafts. They have studied their instruments and repertoire. They have spent hours in the practice room and performance halls. Then, they become YOUR teacher. They spend endless amounts of time teaching you, advising you, counseling you and more, all while continuing to work to still improve their own craft. They go to your rehearsals, your coachings, your concerts, your recitals and more to support you. Our teachers become some of the most important figures in our lives, and you, the students, become some of the most important figures in your teachers lives. (more…)

Being a Good Colleague

I am always looking for great posts and I was so happy when I read this post and Steve allowed me to repost it on this site. The advice in this post is valuable for any musician no matter the genre or level of the performer. Please share it with your students, colleagues and fellow musicians.


Being a Good Colleague – A guide to getting the hang of “the hang” for newly graduated music students.

By Steve Trapani

As another year comes to a close at CSU, Long Beach (this was my 10th) I find myself thinking about what is next for all of the recently graduated music majors from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, as well as those from all of the other music schools across the country. Much has been written on the subject of improving as a musician, but not much gets put out there on the subject of interacting with your colleagues once you start working in the business. To be sure, the vast majority of your time as a young musician needs to be spent in the practice room perfecting the craft of your chosen instrument. However, I believe it’s also important to have some guidelines to help navigate the incredibly complicated social world of the professional musician. (more…)

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