It is Thanksgiving week here in the US. I am always grateful when I can visit and spend time with my family. I also wanted to thank everyone who has supported Percussion Education over the past 5 months. This website has been something I have wanted to do for a long time and I appreciate when you take the time to watch the videos, make comments or send me emails. I look forward to continuing to build this community in the future. This week, I had two guest contributors who submitted their writing. If you haven’t had a chance to read their posts, please check out the links below. The end of the semester is near. For the university students who read this blog, please remember to get plenty of sleep, eat well and good luck on your upcoming juries. Happy Holidays!

Engaging Young Percussionists by Jeff Phipps

Listening Coordination Between Players in an Ensemble Setting by Simon Boyar

Don’t stop the music – children need a proper arts education by James Rhodes

7 Lessons Every Young Entrepreneur Can Learn From Walt Disney by Jeannette Dozier

Evidence That Pianists Might Have It Tougher than the Rest of Us When It Comes to Performing from Memory by Dr. Noa Kageyama


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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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