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4 Books I’ve Been Reading Lately

Pedagogy, Philosophy

As Seth Godin would say, “I love books. Books are a bargain. [In many cases] they’re written by experts so $20 for an expert resource on your shelf forever is worth it.” It’s been said a thousand times, but teaching…

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Today’s Lesson Series: #1

Keyboard Percussion, Pedagogy

This is the first post in a series I’d like to publish regularly. Every time I teach, my students and I experience an “ah ha” moment at some level. Sometimes it’s huge! Sometimes it’s something almost unnoticeable. The Today’s Lesson…

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8 Ways to Serve PAS

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Become a blogger. The Percussive Arts Society blogs are intended to bring to our members the opportunity to establish thoughtful discourse in regards to advancing percussion. Your contribution to this section of the site is very valuable to us so…

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8 Books Every Percussionist Should Own

Pedagogy

Creative Music Making (book w/ CD) by Bill Cahn Photo: steveweissmusic.com Percussionists tend to focus on learning technique more than developing an individual musical voice. Creative Music Making will help you find that unique voice by enhancing your creativity in all styles of music. Beyond Basic Percussion by…

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3 Things to Do to Your Timpani Everyday

Timpani

1. Put the drums in the appropriate range.  Photo: Brandon Arvay You need to know what notes your drums can play. Putting the drums in the correct range help you know where to put the notes. And, because of the…

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Why You’ll Always Want to Cover Your Timpani

Philosophy, Timpani

A full set of timpani can cost as much as a car, making them some of the most financially difficult instruments to replace when damaged. It is important to protect these expensive instruments during performance by using appropriate playing techniques….

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The @percussion Podcast!

The @percussion podcast has asked me to be a guest! Hey friends! I wanted to let you know I’ll be a guest on Casey Cangelosi‘s fantastic @percussion podcast. We are recording TOMORROW (Sunday, December 4) with hosts Megan Arns, Laurel Black,...
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