I’ve written in the past about things that I think are important in percussion education, things that make great educators and some lessons I’ve learned spending time teaching different percussion mediums.

I think every educator should constantly be asking themselves what exactly they are trying to teach their students. There are many different lessons and ideas that can be learned in the percussion classroom and they don’t all necessarily have to do specifically with percussion. Things can easily slip away from even the best educators when they stop keeping the main thing the main thing.

The ideas in the manifesto below can sometimes generate more questions than answers for music educators. However, I hope this will get some of you thinking about what is important to you and your percussion programs. Enjoy.

Stop Stealing Dreams

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.
Dave Gerhart

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