Keynote Address: “Being a “C” Student

I attended the Music for All National Festival and Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival on March 14 – 16, 2019. The festival concluded with a Gala Awards Banquet and this year, Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All gave the keynote address. In the speech, he wants “you to be commit to your craft. I want you to be that C student who is committed to community at home, in your music ensembles in your schools and in your town or city in your state and in this nation…”

Take 6 minutes and listen to this speech. Share this speech. Watch it with your students. This speech was recorded Saturday, March 16 in the Grand Ballroom of the JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN.

Did you like this post? Here’s one more to check out: Musing on a Career Teaching Music in the Private Sector by Ben Wahlund

Marimba Solo: Caleidoscópio

Caleidoscópio, written and performed by Gene Koshinski, is one of the solos from his book “TWO,” a collection of concert pieces for two-mallet marimba solo with a comprehensive guide to technique and performance practice.

The audio producer was Don Schraufnagel and Gene Koshinski and video by Marc Hill.
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Percussion Education Reads 3/23/19

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The first three months of 2019 are over and I wrote this Percussion Education Reads with some articles about goals. Did you set up goals at the beginning of the year? How are you progressing? One of my goals was to read more and that is going well. One of the books I have been reading is The Bullet Journal Method. (If you are not familiar with the Bullet Journal, refer to my blog post Percussion Education Reads – 6/3/18.) For me, this is the perfect tool for planning, tracking and scheduling. It doesn’t matter how you track your goals, just do it! (more…)

Solo Marimba Performance of Bach’s Chaconne

The Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach is one of my favorite compositions. This is especially true performed on solo marimba. I will never forget Jean Geoffroy’s performance the Chaconne at the 2017 International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy. Today’s video features a beautiful performance of Chaconne performed and arranged by Mika Stoltzman.

Recorded at Purchase Performing Center (New York City, NY) on 2-28-2018. The recording producer was Steven Epstein and filmed by Mikako Ishii. (more…)

Crossroads by Ivan Trevino

I hope everyone knows Ivan Trevino’s music! If not, visit his website or YouTube and start listening. (Watch Catching Shadows (Marimba Duo)). Crossroads for marimba and cajon, was written for Bryce Turner.

Ivan’s says that Crossroads is an intersection of rhythmic complexity and melodic simplicity. Throughout the piece, the two players share complex unison rhythms. At times, the cajón player also plays deskbells with feet.
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Vic Firth Jams Live

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In January 2018, Vic Firth hosted its first ever #vfJAMS LIVE recording session at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, California. This amazing event showcased some of the world’s top drummers performing with Robert “Sput” Searight and the all-star vfJAMS Band!

This is an incredible series. Vic Firth’s content for percussion is always high quality and these jam sessions feature videos, transcriptions, and PDFs so you can learn the tune. Check it out and let me know your favorite performance in comments below.

How to Set-up a Click-Track for Electro-Acoustic Performance

Over the past 10 years, there has been a lot of pieces composed with an accompaniment track. If you have never played with an electronic backing track (what we used to call a “tape”), you should check out this quick video guide by Francisco Perez. In this video, he quickly explains the gear needed to set up a performance that utilizes a click track.

For more information about Francisco and his compositions for percussion, visit his website.

Year in Review: The 5 Worst Post of 2018

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How many top 10 lists did you read this year? Every year, we are inundated with posts about the top “things”. But why are there never “the worst posts of the year?” Over the past couple of years, I decided to post a year in review of my 5 worst posts. While these posts did not did not get viewed many times, I know there are some good pointers for the percussion educator. Happy New Year and I look forward to a great 2019! (more…)

Year in Review: Top Posts of 2018

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Thank you for your continued support and here’s to more percussion education in the coming year. I appreciate everyone who supported Percussion Education’s Amazon Wish List. It is always great to hear from you. I haven’t posted as many updates this year, but I do have some announcements coming this summer. Stay tuned. Please leave a comment below and say hi. Here’s the Percussion Education Year in Review posts.   (more…)

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