On October 20th, 2021, Prof. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi died at the age of 87. As an educator and performer, I read his book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experiencemany years ago. I will definitely add that to my read list in the coming months. If you are not familiar with his writings, check out this TED Talk from 2004 and check out his books.
“Percussion Education Reads” Returns! It has been too long since I have written on my blog and I am going to do my best to post at least one thing per week for the rest of the year. Here are some articles that I have enjoyed reading this week. I am looking forward to connecting with you. Please feel free to send me article recommendations. Leave a comment below. Have a great week! (more…)
Over the past couple of months, I have been looking for rudimental exercises to do after a long day of work. Here’s a great exercise and it only takes 4’33”. Darren Bastian has created a video to play all of the 40 PAS Rudiments in 4’33”.
For the past 3 weeks, we have been working at home while our kids have been on their Chromebooks attending their virtual classroom. As a parent, I am grateful to the teachers who are doing their best to educate our children. We have to remember to be patient with the technology and do our best to help our students succeed in this stressful environment. Good luck and breathe!! (more…)
It is hard to believe that September is just around the corner. Even more difficult to believe is that most students are starting school from home. This Fall is going to be unlike any other Fall that we have experienced. Make the best of it. Take care of yourself. Breathe. Wear your mask when you are in public. We can do this! Just think of the parties that will occur when we are all back together!! Here are some articles to check out. Please let me know if you have any articles that I can add in the future. (more…)
I am embarrassed to say that it has been over a year since I wrote a “Percussion Education Reads” blog post. I don’t want to make an excuse for not posting. Instead, I want to post some of the things I have read that have made a lasting impression. For the remainder of the year, my goal is to post two “Percussion Education Reads.” If you have something that you enjoyed reading, please forward it to me and I will check it out. I hope everyone is well! (more…)
Growing up in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to see Mitchell Peters perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic numerous times. As a young percussionist, my first four mallet marimba solos were Waves and then Yellow After the Rain. I only wish there were resources and videos like the one James Beauton posted today. Bravo James! I look forward to future videos. (more…)
Grab a pair of sticks and a practice pad (or any playing surface) and learn techniques to become a more effective percussion educator. Topics to include: Full Stroke Exercises, Paradiddles and more Flams (Flam Taps and Flam Accents).
Grab a pair of sticks and a practice pad (or any playing surface) and learn techniques to become a more effective percussion educator. Topics to include: Full Stroke Exercises, Paradiddles and Intro Flams