1. Private Lessons: All Styles, Classical Percussion, Drum Set, Hand Drums, Tabla, Native American wrapped drums.
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2. Classes or Courses: Rhythm in Everything, Playing with Rhythm, How to Play Percussion in Any Situation.
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3. Performances or Master Classes: Variety Show, How to Play Percussion in Any Situation, Improvising & Composition Skills. Performing with the MPC-5000, etc.
1. Lessons: Instrument specific material.
• Snare Drum:
-Books: G. Stone, B. Podemski, M. Peters, J.Beck Sr., A. Payson, H. Harr, Wilcoxin
-Marching and Orchestral Exceprts
-Moeller, Morello and Marching Technique.
• Drum Set:
-Understanding of all rhythmic figures using polyrhythm, linear enumeration and syncopation.
-Books: Joe Porcaro, N. Chancler, Dom Moio, Jerry Steinholtz, Rich Thompson, John Beck, etc.
-Listening & Transcrptions: Philly Joe Jones, Kenny Clarke, Tony Williams, Max Roach, Big Sid Catlett, etc.
• Mallets (2 and 4)
-Scales, Arpeggios, Inversions, Theory.
-George Hamilton Green Ragtime Warm-Ups, Repertoire and Improvisation
-Repertoire from Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Villa Lobos, Hamilton Green, etc.
-Orchestral Exceprts and Solo Repertoire
-Books from: John Beck Sr., Mitchell Peters, Vic Firth, Sal Goodman, John Tafoya, Randy Max, etc
-Orchestral Excerpts and Solos
• North Indian Tabla
-Bols and Compositions from the Benares tradition, via Pandit Sharda Sahaiji.
2. Classes and Courses:
ALLRHYTHMS MUSIC COURSE
1) The goal of this course is to provide a fun and educational after‐school outlet for students to
learn the basics of rhythm and how they correlate to virtually every area of life.
By incorporating the 4 strands of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Music (perception,
creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage and critical evaluation) into
each lesson, students develop their intellectual, artistic & problem‐solving skills, thus honing
their ability to find correlations between different areas of study as well as peak their interest in
the act of learning.
2) Each class will include a common structure while introducing a new area of study into each
B) Knowledge and skills
• Students will take part in unison exercises, identify fundamental rhythms and describe
their uses in music. Correlates are drawn to a new area of study in each class: math,
sciences, physiology, language, communication and the arts.
• Students will identify percussion instrumentation in varying ensemble settings as well
as song forms such as AB, ABA, and theme & variations.
2) Creative Expression/Performance. Students will be given the opportunity to:
• Develop basic musical literacy (reading basic rhythms).
• Play unique rhythmic solos and improvisations over backdrop of unison exercises.
• Learn varying ways of displaying artistic creativity using rhythm as the medium:
1) Write original phrases that make up larger compositions/songs,
2) Program guided improvisations that tell stories through rhythmic interaction.
3) Historical/cultural heritage. In each class, a new style of music will be introduced.
• Students will learn about the diverse instances of rhythm and music throughout
history and culture.
• Lessons will focus on the historical and cultural uniqueness of the musical style while
relating back to the common building blocks of rhythm.
4) Response/Evaluation. Students respond to and evaluate musical performance.
• Students will listen to culturally diverse styles of music and point out common rhythms
as well as describe their qualities in musical terminology.
• Students will find correlations between rhythm and nature (lunar cycles and tidal
changes, Earth’s movement around the sun and perceived time).
3. Performances or Master Classes:
A) Focus on specific Instruments or Styles.
B) Variety Show: Program pulling from Bach, Villa Lobos, Green as well as snare drum, drum set and optional timpani repertoire.
C) How to Play Percussion in Any Situation: classical, pit orchestra, drum set all styles, improvisation.
D) Improvising & Composition Skills
1. Rhythm and Arrhythm
2. Song forms
3. Pattern based rhythmic unfoldment, Indian rhythms, sequence.
4. Communication, Musical Devices and Cues.
5. Turning Improvisations into World-Class Compositions
E) Performing with the MPC-5000:
2. Playing to a click and backing track
3. Stops, Starts and Holds
D) Music from Sound: Electrical Impulse
1. Making sound from nothing using microphone/speaker feedback, recording, looping.
2. Learning the steps of creation: feeling, intention, brain impulse, action, played notes, which turn into improvisations and compositions.