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Where has the year gone? I can’t believe it is December and the holidays are upon us. As we get closer to the end of the year, I hope you can take sometime to reflect on the year. Think about your successes and failures. Or about your great concerts and not-so-good concerts. What were your favorite classes and new pieces you learned? All these things shape who you are and who you will become. Value these new friendships, experiences, and moments and learn what you can while you are still in school. Don’t take it for granted. I know you have heard this over and over again, but it is the truth. It is difficult to appreciate this when you are in school, but trust me, it only gets harder. Ok, I’ll get off my soap box. Check out my suggested readings and let me know if there are more articles I should add next week.

Interview: Frank Sinatra’s Final Drummer by Gregg Field

How to study a new piece for marimba – Part 1 by Paolo Parolini

Here’s an Easy Way to Help Your Brain Learn Faster By Dr. Noa Kageyama

First, interact By Seth Godin

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Dave Gerhart

Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.
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