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Send Read Receipts: ON

Pedagogy, Personal, Philosophy

Don’t underestimate the power of the SEND READ RECEIPTS option on your smart phone.     When someone sends you a text, there’s a tiny line of text under their last message.     “READ 5/9/15.” This pops up when the…

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Articulation Consideration

Pedagogy, Philosophy

ARTICULATION: WW/Brass Considerations:  Wind players must develop finger, tongue, and air independence. This is accomplished through routine practice of tenuto, staccato, legato, and marcato articulations. The type of tongue action required for a legato note is drastically different than the…

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DMA Lecture Recital

Performance

I will present a DMA Lecture Recital on April 4, 2015 at the Singletary Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Kentucky. I will be discussing the topic of my dissertation titled “A Comprehensive Method for…

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Buzz Control to Roll Control

Pedagogy, Snare Drum

There are many schools of thought on the proper way to play a snare drum roll. I play with a controlled bounce every time. For march-like tempos, my roll base is 16th-notes. I use three bounces on each 16th-note as…

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Methods Band Observation

Pedagogy

Each semester, I require my Percussion Methods students to attend a variety of rehearsals and sit within the percussion sections. It’s important these students get an up-close look into the job of a percussionist. What better way to learn than…

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Must-Haves for the Percussion Library

Pedagogy

There are hundreds of books available for a variety of percussion related topics. They teach us to write, play, hear, and talk about percussion at a higher level. However, not every program can afford all of the available resources. Not…

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Don’t Be a Square

Pedagogy

During an undergraduate lesson on Andy Bliss’ “Disc Skip,” I had a freshman student perform the piece as stiff as a rail. No movement. He stood there. It looked as though he was either scared of the piece, afraid to…

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PASIC ’14

Personal

I just got back into town from PASIC 2014. What an incredible experience! I had the great fortune of conducting Baljinder Sekhon’s “Musica Casera” with guitarist Dieter Hennings and the University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble. What was most exciting was how…

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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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