Episode 026: Composing using the Rudiments

I am a strong believer that we can and should all try to compose music. Composing is a skill that can be learned. Over time you continue to develop this skill with regular practice. (Sound familiar?) There are a lot of great resources on the internet, including The Art of Composing which includes articles, blog posts and a podcast about composing.

So how can you get started? The first place I recommend is to start with the snare drum rudiments. I have used this process with my middle school students as well as my college students in my percussion methods course. Here’s a step-by-step process to help you compose a new piece for snare drum. (more…)

Percussion Axiom TV: Episode #5

This is part 2 of 6 PATV episodes relating to sound and tone production originally posted in July 2008. For more PATV episodes related to this post visit his PATV site at: Percussion Axiom TV

Note: The playing demonstrations in this post were performed on a resonator-less marimba.

Building on Chris Wilson’s August 26th post: “Good Technique is Good” in this episode we dig deeper into sound production through basic stroke technique for four mallet marimba. (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…)

The 5 Worst Post of 2017

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?” So I decided to post my 5 worst posts of the year in hopes you take some time to check these out. 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 2018! (more…)

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