Program Curricula

1. Private Lessons: All Styles, Classical Percussion, Drum Set, Hand Drums, Tabla, Native American wrapped drums.

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All Ages

2. Classes or Courses: Rhythm in Everything, Playing with Rhythm, How to Play Percussion in Any Situation. 

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All Ages

3. Performances or Master Classes: Variety Show, How to Play Percussion in Any Situation, Improvising & Composition Skills. Performing with the MPC-5000, etc.

All Ages

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.

-All Styles.

-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

• Timpani

-Ear Training

-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:


A) Introduction

   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

subsequent class.

B) Knowledge and skills

   1) Perception.

       • 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:

    1. Sequencing

    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.