Creative Music Making (book w/ CD) by Bill Cahn



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 Eric Rath and Ralph Hicks

Beyond Basic


“…help the young percussionists in your ensemble become musically independent so you can spend more time making music and less time worrying about their logistics.” This practical collection by Eric Rath and Ralph Hicks includes ten (10) beginning-level percussion ensemble pieces that address the most common obstacles young percussionists and their teachers face in class.

Encyclopedia of Percussion by John BeckBeck


This comprehensive percussion guide by John Beck offers in depth descriptions as well as historical background on a wide range of topics.

The Percussionists Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams by Steven Schick



A book about the rise and influence of solo percussion music as told by legendary percussionist Steven Schick.

The Percussionist’s Dictionary by Joseph Adato and George Judy



Contains translations, descriptions, and photographs of percussion instruments from around the world, including foreign terms in 26 languages.

The Pocket Dictionary of Foreign Musical Terms by Anthony Cirone


More than 4,000 foreign musical terms; terms in Italian, French and German; over 160 musical examples; and comprehensive sections for percussion and strings.

Practical Guide to Percussion Terminology by Russ GirsbergerGuide

Provides both definitions and an artistic interpretation of how each term is applied to the literature. A great source for conductors, composers, performers and students.

A Percussionist Handbook by Peter Saleh



Not a method book, but a hands-on, no-nonsense, practical resource for teachers and performers serious about their craft. This 100+ page text is a result of years of experience in the trenches of student and professional situations and favors a direct conversational tone.

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