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     1   Welcome to percussionteacher.com 

03/31/2009 11:43 AM -0600
    A percussive arts and pedagogical resource for
  music educators,
parents, and percussion students.

         

  Please use this web page as a point of departure for
  heading in the right direction for the needs of the
  student percussionist.

This information page will address the many different questions
 that arise when teaching or parenting the young percussionist.

Many useful hyperlinks will be included to prevent you from
wasting time surfing the internet.

By simply returning to percussionteacher.com, you will more
efficiently locate desired websites.

  1  Welcome
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  Percussion Lessons
  3  Meet the Teacher
  4 
Master Sessions
      Rental Instruments

      Shopping Perc. Online

      Instrument Repairs

      Percussion Dictionary

      Fun Kids Pages

  
   Young Artist Competitions
  5 
Music Camps
  6  Upcoming Concerts
  7 
Directory of  Teachers
  8 
Solo Recommendations
  9 
Choosing a Music School
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Instrument Manufacturers
 11 Studio Policies
Instruments for Sale
P
ercussion Organizations
  4  Master Classes
W
here to Find the Best Buy
Instrument Maintenance
How to Practice Effectively
The Physics of Percussive Sound
Who's Who in Percussion
Scholarships


Percussion Organizations

How to Change Drum Heads

How to Choose a Teacher

Finding Percussion Teachers

Stick and Mallet  Recommendations

Instrument Choices

I will be adding and revising regularly.  Please be patient. I am a full time musician, not a web master, and Rome was not built in a day. Check back frequently for updates. My goal is to help guide you through the sea of percussive information to make wise choices. I have offered all of this advice to parents and music teachers on many occasions for 13 years. After repeating the same information too many times, it finally dawned on me to collate all of this information into a website for many people to use.  I hope it helps.    Meredith Nelson

Scroll down for more information about my studio.

Bookmark this page now!   Percussion Teacher.com

Meredith Nelson,
percussionist
Houston, Texas  713-688-4081

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 Bookmark this page now!                      Percussion Teacher.com               713-688-4081

 2  Looking for percussion lessons?

I am seeking students at all levels of musical development
    (including beginners)
            desiring to experience
                  
ACCELERATED ARTISTIC GROWTH
      for my private studio in the  Houston area.

Likely candidates would be students who are interested in:

a)  pursuing musical studies at a university or conservatory
b)  placing in the regional and state band or orchestra
c)  performing well in musical competitions
                      
OR
d) students who love music
and are simply interested in
    the challenge of playing with detailed technique and
    musical finesse

Beginners are always welcome in my studio. It is so important to get started on the "right foot"
(both musically and technically) from day one to ensure a solid foundation for proper and accelerated musical development, not unlike the
long term benefits of early nutrition.

I have had great success with beginners as
early as 5th grade.

           My biography is posted below.

Please call 713-688-4081 for more information.

Meredith Nelson

  

 

 

  3    Meet the Percussion Teacher,   Meredith Nelson

Meredith Nelson was the Assistant Principal Timpanist/Percussionist with the San Antonio Symphony for the 2007-2008 season. She has been a percussionist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra since 2003, and served as Principal Timpanist of Orchestra X in Houston. She is a former member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C., having performed both in Washington, D.C. and on national concert tours from 1998 to 2002. Ms. Nelson has performed as a guest artist percussionist with the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Maryland Orchestra, USB21 (United States Brass 21st Century), and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has also served as guest Principal Timpanist  with the Houston Symphony, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, and Monarch Brass Ensemble.

She began her musical studies on the piano at the age of 5. While continuing her training as a pianist, she started to study percussion a the age of 11. Professional training in percussion commenced at Northwestern University where she received her Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance and Music Education. At Northwestern she received the award for Music Education Program Honors in 1995. Professional development as a percussionist continued at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University with a Master of Music in Percussion Performance in 1997.

As a part of her artistic training, Ms. Nelson attended festivals such as the Pacific Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, National Repertory Orchestra, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Hot Springs Music Festival, with concerts as far away as Europe and Asia. For professional studies she has been privileged have been under the tutelage of Alan Abel, Richard Brown, Patricia Dash, Brian Del Signore, Mike Lefebvre, Edward Koehler,  Al Payson, and Paul Wertico .

In addition to her many Houston and Austin performances she maintains a studio of about 18 students per year. Her personal interests include figure skating, cooking, reading, swing/lindy hop dancing, the organ, and most recently, creating this web page.            

Houston Symphony
San Antonio Symphony

Austin Symphony 

Houston Grand Opera

Houston Ballet

The President's Own"
United States Marine Band

Maryland Symphony

Civic Orchestra of Chicago

National Repertory Orchestra

Pacific Music Festival

National Orchestral Institute

H
ot Springs Music Festival  

Northwestern University

Rice University

Alan Abel

Richard Brown

Patricia Dash

Al Payson

Paul Wertico

Philadelphia Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
http://www.houstonsymphony.org/
http://www.sasymphony.org/ 
http://www.austinsymphony.org/
http://www.houstongrandopera.org/

http://www.houstonballet.org
http://www.marineband.usmc.mil/
http://www.marylandsymphony.org/
http://www.cso.org/main.taf?p=2,4
http://www.nromusic.com/ 
http://www.pmf.or.jp/index_en.html
http://www.nationalorchestralinstitute.com/
http://www.hotmusic.org/
http://www.music.northwestern.edu/indexf.html
http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~musi/
http://www.pas.org/About/HofDetails.cfm?IFile=abel
http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~musi/facultybios/brown.html
http://www.cso.org/main.taf?erube_fh=cso&cso.submit.CSOPerfBio=1&cso.artistid=pdash
http://www.pas.org/About/HofDetails.cfm?IFile=payson
http://www.paulwertico.com/ 
http://www.philorch.org/styles/poa02e/www/index2.html
http://www.cso.org/

Meredith Nelson, percussionist    713-688-4081

  4  Master Sessions with the Percussion Teacher 
Want to know the secret to an amazing snare drum roll?

      Having trouble with a specific technique?
         
              Do you find
timpani tuning confusing and stressful?

                          
  Need artistic direction?

If you would like to receive pointers from the Percussion Teacher, but do not wish to take regular lessons, consider scheduling a Master Session.
Master Sessions are 20 minutes in length and cover a very specific musical or technical issue.  

RATE per Master Session: $20.00

Please call 713-688-4081 to schedule a 20 minute Master Session.

Master Session topics include, but are not limited to:

Choosing Collegiate Audition Repertory
Choosing a UIL/Recital Solo
Cymbal Techniques (a2) mf/f
Cymbal Techniques (a2) pp/p
Efficient and Effective Practice
Glockenspiel Technique
Major Arpeggios
Major Scales
Mallet Sticking-Rules of Thumb
Marimba-Legato Stroking
Marimba-2 Mallets
Marimba-4 Mallets
Melodic Development
Melodic Intervals
Melodic Practice Techniques
Minor Arpeggios
Minor Scales
Musical Sensitivity
Perfecting Rhythm
Perfecting Time
Phrasing
Preparing an Audition
Sight Reading- Mallets
Sight Reading-Snare Drum
Sight Reading-Timpani
Snare Drum-Basic Stroking
Snare Drum-Closed Roll
Snare Drum-Open Roll
Snare Drum-Developing Your Palette of Colors of Tone Production
Snare Drum Sticking-Rules of Thumb
Snare Drum-3 and 4 Stroke Ruffs
State/Region Marimba Music-2 Mallets
State/Region Marimba Music-4 Mallets
State/Region Snare Drum Music
State/Region Timpani Music
Stylistic Interpretation
Tambourine Technique-Shake Rolling
Tambourine Technique-Thumb Rolling
Tambourine Technique-Fast and Loud Playing
Tambourine Technique-Soft Playing
Timpani-Finger Technique
Timpani Mallet Recovering
Timpani-Mallet Selection
Timpani Sticking-Rules of Thumb
Timpani-Stroke and Tone Production
Timpani-Tuning
Triangle Techniques
Understanding Your Piece
Xylophone-Sound Development
Xylophone-Mallet Selection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              

RENTAL INSTRUMENTS

Texas
Instruments for Rent  
Brian Del Signore  
email: delsignorefamily@sbcglobal.net
 

Marimba Warehouse Inc.
http://www.marimbawarehouse.com/
email: marimbawarehouse

Phone: 281-933-9200
  ,
281-933-9201
10408 Mule Rd. Suite 200
Stafford, TX 77477

California
California Percussion LLC

Absolutely Music, Inc.

http://www.californiapercussion.com/Rentals.htm

    

Instrument Tuning and Repairs

Marimba Xylophone Vibraphone Tuning & Repair Service

Salazar Fine Tuning
1051 Samoa Blvd.
Arcata, CA 95521
707-825-9579
www.salazarfinetuning.com

Percussion Dictionary

What does PAUKEN mean?
Ever wondered what an MBIRA is? 
What instrument do I play if my part says SIL?
Do you need a TEPONAXTLE?
Does the piece call for PIATTI a 2?  

Click on the following hyperlink to connect to a fantastic Percussion Dictionary
created by Tony Edwards, member of the University of Texas at Austin Percussion Faculty
and Timpanist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

http://perc.music.utexas.edu/Students/Dictionary.aspx

      KIDS PAGES      

DSO Kids Page

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has a FABULOUS Kids Page for learning about the orchestra.  What fun! I really enjoyed this website. J
Be sure to check out the most exciting section in the orchestra -  Percussion, of course!

 http://www.dsokids.com/2001/rooms/DSO_Intro.html

                                                 

 "The President's Own" Kids Corner

Join Conductor John Philip Sousa  for a  White House  tour and performances by "The President's Own" United States Marine Band.

http://www.marineband.usmc.mil/kids_corner/index.htm

SFS Kids
The San Francisco Symphony has a great website for kids, opening with the 4th movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.  You can even compose your own tune. Check it out!

www.sfskids.org/

Austin Symphony Orchestra - ASO Kids
Our conductor, Maestro Peter Bay, even has his own room on this page! Kids get a chance to conduct the orchestra.

http://austinsymphony.org/education/public/aso_kids/

$$ Shopping  $$
        Percussion
              Online

While it may be convenient to go to your local music store, the music, mallet, and instrument selection is usually very limited. Most percussionists I know generally order products (music, mallets, sticks, instruments, tuning forks, music stands, metronomes, recordings, etc.) via a mail order/online percussion company and have it delivered to their front door. There is usually a vast selection of percussion and related products, more than any general music store is willing to keep on hand. Prices through mail order or online dealers are often lower than prices at the local retail store, and, if the order is shipped to another state, usually tax-free. The standard price for shipping starts at about $8.00. Naturally, the price will increase if you order something heavier (i.e. hardware, cymbals, drums, etc.). Continental U.S. deliveries usually take 1-5 business days, depending on your proximity to the company.  Many of these dealers will handle instrument orders for larger percussion companies. There are a few percussion companies, such as Marimba One, Drummer’s Service, and DeMorrow Marimbas,  that still serve as the only dealer of their product.

Listed below are several mail order/online businesses that specialize in percussion.
Percussion Dealers

Classic Percussion
Hagen, Germany (English Spoken , Shipping Worldwide)
http://www.classic-percussion.com

Columbia Products International
New York - New Jersey

http://columbiamusic.homestead.com/tambourine.html

Lone Star Percussion
Dallas, TX   ( 214) 340-0835
http://www.lonestarpercussion.com/

The Percussion Source
Coralville, IA   1 (866) 849-4387
www.percussionsource.com/

Steve Weiss Music
Philadelphia, PA  (215) 659-0100
www.steveweissmusic.com/catalog/

 

         

Specialized Percussion Companies

Drummer’s Service
Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.drummersservice.com/
– Top of the line, custom field drums, bass drums, and unquestionably the finest handmade drumsticks. If you are looking for Old World craftsmanship of a high quality product, this is the place.

Marimba One
Arcata,CA  (707) 822-9570
http://www.marimba1.com/
 - Independent business that has a reputation for crafting only the finest product and allows for customization. This instrument may be ordered only through Marimba One.

Music Dealers that Include Percussion              

Afromart Gift Enterprises
Long Beach, CA

http://www.afromart.net

 

Master Classes
        
  with the Percussion Teacher

For more information,
        call Meredith Nelson   -   713-688-4081

Master Class Topics (include but are not limited to):
 
Bass Drum
Cymbals
Marimba
Phrasing
Region Band Audition Music
Region Orchestra Audition Music
Rhythm
Snare Drum
State Band Audition Music
State Orchestra Audition Music
Tambourine
Timpani
Xylophone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Artist Competitions

Houston Young Artist's Concert (Texas)
Houston area young artists audition to perform on the annual concert.
Ages Pre-school-18 years. Standard repertoire required.
Accompanists should be 25 years or younger.

www.hyac.org/

Houston Civic Symphony – Young Artist
Competition (Texas
)

If you are a music student in the 5th through the 12th grade,

we
invite you to participate in our Young Artist Competition.
Winners to perform with the Houston Civic Symphony.

http://www.civicsymphony.org/competition.asp

Symphony North of Houston Young Artist
Concerto Competition (Texas)

http://www.symphonynorth.org/

Clear Lake Symphony Youth Concerto
Competition (Texas)

Contestants must be from the Houston Area. Junior and Senior
Divisions for students in elementary, junior high, and high schools.
In addition to providing an opportunity to perform with the Clear Lake
Symphony, the orchestra assists these young musicians with
scholarship awards
.
http://www.clearlakesymphony.org/youth_concerto.htm

Pearl Amster Youth Concerto Festival
(Texas)

Provides an opportunity for young solo instrumentalists to perform
 with the Austin Civic Orchestra on its spring program. Winners will
also receive a scholarship support award. Students or teacher must
reside within  a 100-mile radius of the capitol in Austin. Applicants
must be 18 years of age or younger by the date of the live audition.
http://www.austincivicorchestra.org/ACO/Amster.html

Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist
Competition (D.C.)

The United States Air Force Band's Young Artist Competition is
open to high school woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists
in grades 10 through 12 who are citizens or legal permanent residents
of the United States. Applicants from all over the country submit
videotapes of themselves playing a specified selection for their instrument.
Finalists are then invited to a live audition in Washington, D.C. The
winner performs as a soloist with The United States Air Force Concert
Band during the Guest Artist Series at DAR Constitution Hall.

http://www.usafband.com/comp_young.cfm

Lewisville Lake Symphony Young Artist
Competition (Texas)

Students may reside anywhere in the United States. Areas of

c
ompetition are Piano, Strings, and Winds. Senior division of
competition-Grades 9-12. Junior division of competition-Grades 6-8.
Musicians compete for cash prizes and performance with the LLS.

http://www.lewisvillesymphony.org/new_page_1.htm

Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra Young Artist
Competition (Texas)

http://www.fwsymphony.org/fwso0304/pages/edu_evteen.asp

Collin County Young Artist Competition
(Texas)

Sponsored by the Plano Symphony Orchestra
This annual Concerto competition is open to students who live or
attend school in Collin County or study music with a Collin County
teacher or PSO musician. Senior division – Grades 9-12.
Junior division – Grades 1-8.

http://www.planosymphony.org/learnmore/young.htm

The Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition
Sponsored by the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra,
this competition is open to all musicians in the 7th through 12th
grades residing in and attending school in the United States.
http://www.montgomerysymphony.org/young_artists.htm

Mid-Columbia Symphony Young Artist Competition
Designed to promote and encourage talented musicians in the
Mid-Columbia region, this 8 division competition is open to instrumental
students through grade 12 and vocal students through age 22.

http://www.midcolumbiasymphony.org/education.htm

Tampa Bay Symphony Young Artist
Competition Open (
Florida)

Florida musicians up to age 21 may apply. Winner of competition
will perform a solo with the symphony on a concert and receive a
cash award.

http://tampabaysymphony.com/yac.htm

Young Artist Auditions
MSO Stars of Tomorrow (Wisconsin)

Open to all Wisconsin high school students, the Young Artist Auditions
are held annually for string, woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians.
The top three winners will have the honor of appearing as soloists with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the Pabst Theater. Other outstanding contestants will be chosen as finalists or honorable mention winners to
play side-by-side with MSO musicians.

http://www.milwaukeesymphony.org/education/youngartistcompetition.asp

Florence Frager Young Artist Competition
(Missouri)

The competition is held in February and is open to high school orchestral instrumentalists. Each winner will receive an honorarium and will be a soloist

at the final regular concert, playing a movement from a concerto
accompanied by the Clayton Symphony Orchestra.

http://www.claytonsymphony.org/competition.html

New England Philharmonic Young Artists
Competition
 

The New England Philharmonic holds its Young Artists Competition each year

in October. The winner of the competition is invited to perform a movement of

his or her concerto with the New England Philharmonic. All musicians must be

18 years or younger and have not yet graduated from high school.

http://www.nephilharmonic.org/young_artists_competition.shtml

 

South Bend Symphony Orchestra Young Artist

Competition (Indiana)
Musicians compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to perform with

the orchestra.  Age: All students through their senior year in high school

are eligible. Applicants must reside in one of seven counties in Northern

Indiana and Southern Michigan.

http://www.southbendsymphony.org/pages/young_artist.htm

 

Peoria Symphony Guild Young Artist Competition

(Illinois)
This is open to young musicians in grade school through high school who

live within a 50-mile radius of Peoria. The winner is awarded the honor of

performing as soloist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra at the annual

student concerts at the end of April and will receive the Alice Oakley Memorial Scholarship.
http://www.peoriasymphony.org/psoguild/youth_concerts/competition.html

California Youth Symphony Young Artist
Competition (California)

Open to any instrumentalist 18 years or younger. Generally one pianist
and one other instrumentalist are chosen to appear with the CYS and
each winner receives a cash prize of $200.
http://www.cys.org/html/competitions.html

Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition  (Idaho)
The purpose of this competition is to foster young artists with superior musical
abilities who reside in the Pacific Northwest. The three divisions for competition
are: Professional, Collegiate, and High School.

http://www.cdasymphony.org/yac.html

                 

                More to come!  Please bear with me as I continue to add to this website.
                           Check back frequently for regular additions and updates !
 
 

 

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Summer Music Camps

In my 11 years of teaching, I have found that students’ development is the greatest and most consistent when musical instruction is received
year round. 
Summer lessons are great, but  sometimes it is nice to have a brief change of pace, or receive new ideas from another teacher.
Here is a list of websites for summer music camps. See if you can find one to fit your student’s interests and budget

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A American Festival for the Arts 
Arrowbear Music Camp
Aspen Music Festival and School
TX    
CA
CO
http://www.afatexas.net/
http://www.arrowbear.com/
http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/index.cfm?method=c.aboutSchool&swf_plugin=0,8,0
B Baldwin-Wallace Summer Music Institute
Bands of America Summer Symposium 

BandWorks Summer Camp

Baylor Summer Music Camp

Belvoir Terrace

Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts

Birch Creek Music Performance Center

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Blue Star Music Camp

Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Bowdoin International Music Festival

Brevard Music Center

Britt Festival Summer Camps
Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp
OH
IL

CA

TX

MA

MA

WI

MI 

CA

MA 

ME
NC
OR
CT
www.bw.edu/academics/conservatory/outreach/smp/smi
www.bands.org
http://www.bandworks.com/camp.php
http://www3.baylor.edu/busmc/
www.belvoirterrace.com
http://www.bimasummerarts.org/
http://www.birchcreek.org/
http://www.bluelake.org/index.html
http://www.bandworks.com/camp.php
www.bu.edu/cfa/music/tanglewood/
http://www.summermusic.org/

www.brevardmusic.org
http://www.brittfest.org/summercamps.htm
http://www.bucksrockcamp.com/index2.shtml
C Cal State Summer School for the Arts
California Summer Music
Camp Ballibay for the Fine and Performing Arts

Camp Encore/Coda

Camp Jam

Cannon Music Camp

Catholic Univ. Lion Drummers World
Percussion

Cavalier Marching Band Summer Camps

Cazadero Performing Arts Camp

Center for Creative Youth at Weslayan University

Central Michigan Summer Music Camp
Colorado College Summer Music Festival
Colorado Roots Music Camp

Conservatory Music in the Mountains

Cougar Band Camp at University of Houston

Csehy Summer School of Music
CA
CA
PA

ME

TX
NC
DC
VA
CA
CT
MI
CO
CO
CO
TX
PA
http://www.csssa.org/indexFlash.html
http://www.csmusic.org/
http://www.ballibay.com/

www.encore-coda.com

http://campjam.com/
http://www.cannon.appstate.edu/

www.luisgaray.com/lion_drummers.htm
http://www.virginia.edu/marchingband/summerCampMain.php

http://www.cazadero.org/v2/
http://www.crec.org/magnetschools/schools/ccy/

http://www.cel.cmich.edu/smc/default.html
www.coloradocollege.edu/summerprograms
http://www.coloradorootsmusic.com/index.htm
http://www.newconservatory.org/mitm/index.asp
http://www.music.uh.edu/cougarbandcamp/index.htm

http://www.csehy.com/
D Day Jams TX http://www.dayjams.com/
E Eastern Illinois University Summer Music Camp
Eastern Kentucky University Music Camps
Eastern Music Festival and School

Eastern U.S. Music Camp

Eastman Summer Sessions
IL
KY
NC 

NY

NY
http://www.eiu.edu/~music/camps/index.php
http://www.fostermusic.eku.edu/
www.easternmusicfestival.com

http://easternusmusiccamp.com
www.rochester.edu/Eastman/summer
F Fiddlehead Music Camp
Figg Tree Youth Recording Studios

Florida Southern College Band Camp

Florida State University Summer Music Camps

The Frances Camp for Drummers

French Woods Camp
NH
GA
FL
FL
VT
NY
http://www.nhisom.org/
http://www.figgtreeyouth.com/
http://www.flsouthern.edu/academics/music/bandcamp.htm
http://www.music.fsu.edu/pr/summer-camps.htm
http://www.frandrumcamp.com/
www.frenchwoods.com
G Gatorland Band Camps - University of Florida
Grammy Camp

Great Lake Music Camps
FL
CA

IN
http://www.ufbands.ufl.edu/summermusiccamp.html

http://www.campchannel.com/camps/3092.html
H Hartwick College Summer Music Festival & Institute 
Heights Summer Music Camp

Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp
NY
OH
TX
www.hartwickmusicfestival.org
http://www.reachingheights.org/program-musiccamp.html

http://www.hcamp.org/
I Idyllwild Arts Academy
Illinois Summer Youth Music

Illinois Wesleyan University Summer Music

Indiana University Summer Music Clinic

Interlochen Summer Arts Camp

International Music Camp

CA
IL
IL
IN
MI
ND

http://www.idyllwildarts.org/
http://www-conted.music.uiuc.edu/
http://www2.iwu.edu:82/music/k12/camp.shtml
www.indiana.edu/~bands/clinic.ht
http://www.interlochen.org/
www.internationalmusiccamp.com
J Judith Lapple’s Summer Music Camps
Julliard School Summer Percussion Seminar
VA
NY
703-690-3191
http://www.juilliard.edu/summer/percussion.html
K Kennedy Center/NSO Summer Music Institute
KoSA Percussion Workshop

Kinhaven Music School
DC
VT
VT

http://www.kosamusic.com/
http://www.kinhaven.org/
L Landon School Summer Band Camp
Lawrence University Summer Music Camp

Lebanon Valley College Summer Music Camp

Litchfield Band Camp

Longhorn Music Camp at UT Austin

Lutheran Summer Music

Luzerne Music Center
MD
WI
PA
CT
TX
MN
NY
www.landon.net
http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/acad_music/camps.shtml
http://www.lvc.edu/music/summercamp/
http://www.litchfieldjazzfest.com/
http://www.music.utexas.edu/campsConferences/Default.aspx
http://lutheranmusicprogram.org/index

www.luzernemusic.org
M Madeline Island Music Camp
Marrowstone Summer Music
Mary Jo Leahy Summer Band Camp

Maryland Summer Centers
for Gifted and Talented

The Master Works Festival
McDaniel College Summer Music Camp

Meadowmount School of Music

Midwest Young Artists Summer Music Festival

Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre

Music Academy of the West

Music Institute at
Rhode Island College
The
Music School’s Jam Camp

WI
WA
MA

MD

MD
IN

MD

NY
IL

MD

CA
RI
UT
http://www.music-camp.org/index.htm
www.marrowstone.org/index.html
http://www.uml.edu/Dept/Music/summerbandcamp/
www.marylandpublicschools.org/summercenters
http://www.marylandpublicschools.org
www.christianperformingart.org
http://www2.mcdaniel.edu/Music/summermusic/summermusic.html
http://www.meadowmount.com/

www.mya.org/summer
www.montgomerycollege.edu/summerdinnertheatre/
http://www.musicacademy.org/

www.ric.edu/miric
http://www.themusicschool.us/jamcamp/main.php?section=home
N National High School Music Institute at Northwestern
National
Music Camp of Canada
New England Music Camp

New York Summer Music Festival

Northern Arizona University Summer Music Camp

North Florida Music Camps
North Fork Bluegrass & Roots Music Beginner Camp
IL
Canada

ME
NY
AZ
FL
CO
http://www.music.northwestern.edu/nhsmi/
http://www.nationalmusiccamp.com/

http://nemusiccamp.com
http://www.nysmf.org/
http://www4.nau.edu/finearts/musiccamp/index.asp

http://www.northflmusiccamps.com/
http://www.northforkbluegrass.com/pages/Camp_home_page.html
O Oberlin College Summer Institute
OFAM Young
Artists Academy
Ottley Music School Summer Music Camp
OH
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MD
 http://www.oberlin.edu/con/summer/Default.html

http://ottleymusic.org/
P Paul Green School of Rock Summer Music Camp
Piedmont Baptist College Music Festival
Point Counter Point Chamber Music Camp

Point Music Camp

Power Chord Academy

Power Chord Academy

Power Chord Academy
TX
NC
VT

WI
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MO
NY

http://www.wisconline.com/attractions/camps/uwspmusic.html
http://www.pointcp.com/
http://www.piedmontmusicacademy.com/music_festival.htm

http://www.powerchordacademy.com/newSite/index.cfm
http://www.powerchordacademy.com/newSite/index.cfm
http://www.powerchordacademy.com/newSite/index.cfm
R Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory
Rocky Mountain Summer Music Camp

Rocky Ridge Music Center
CO
CO

CO
www.rockymountainsc.org
http://www.bands.colostate.edu/camp/index.html
http://www.rockyridge.org/
S Sewanee Summer Music Festival
Shenandoah Performing Arts Camp

Signature Music Camp

Sound of America

Southern
Illinois University Summer Music Festival
Southwest Music Camp

Spoleto Study Abroad Summer Program

Stamford International Music Festival

Stephen F. Austin State Univ. Music Camps

St. Olaf Summer Music Camp

Summer Jazz Workshop

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NY
Europe

IL
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Italy
UK
TX
MN
TX
PA
http://www2.sewanee.edu/ssmf/
http://www.su.edu/conservatory/
http://www.signaturemusiccamp.org/
www.soundofamerica.org
http://www.siu.edu/~music/summer/

www.spoletostudyabroad.com
http://www.stamfordmusicfestival.com/

http://www.music.sfasu.edu/campsmenu.html
http://www.stolaf.edu/services/conferences/camps/musiccamp/
http://www.jazzeducation.org/Application_student_2006_pdf.pdf
http://www.summermusicprograms.com/
T Texas A&M University-Commerce Music Camps
Texas State Band Camps

Texas Tech Summer Music Camp
TX
TX
TX
http://www7.tamu-commerce.edu/music?SummerCamps/
 
http://www.txstate.edu/bobcatband/band_camps.html

 http://www.orgs.ttu.edu/bandorchestraandchoircamps/
U UM Summer Percussion Workshop
UM Summer Youth Music Camp

U. of Alabama Summer Music Camp

U. Of
Arkansas Summer Music Camp

U. of Georgia Summer Music Camps
U. of Nebraska Band Camps

U. of North Carolina Greensboro
Summer Music

U. of Texas at Arlington Summer Music Camps

U. of
Wisconsin- Green Bay Summer Music Camp
U. of Wisconsin- Whitewater Music Camps
MD
MD

AL
AR
GA
NE
NC
TX
WI
WI
http://www.music.umd.edu/Faculty/tafoya/summer
www.music.umd.edu/symc
http://www.music.ua.edu/crimson/2007/
http://www.uacted.uark.edu/NonCreditStudies/Conferences/SummerMusicCamp/index.htm
http://www.uga.edu/~ugabands/camps.html

http://www.unl.edu/band/camps.shtml

www.smcamp.org
http://www.uta.edu/music/band/sumcamps.htm

http://www.uwgb.edu/camps/html/camps/music/index.htm
http://www.uww.edu/conteduc/camps/musiccamps.php
V Virginia Tech Summer Music Camp VA www.music.vt.edu/camp/camp.html
W Walden School, Dublin School 
Western Illinois University Summer Music Camp
Western Michigan University Summer Music Camp

Wooster Music Camp

Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute
NH
IL
MI
OH
PA
www.waldenschool.org
http://www.wiu.edu/musiccamp/
www.wmich.edu/music-camp/index.htm

http://www.wooster.edu/music/camp/

www.wyomingseminary.org/pai
X      
Y Yellow Barn Music School and Festival VT http://www.yellowbarn.org/
Z      

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  6  No musical education is complete without hearing live concert performances.

Hearing and seeing professionals perform can be incredibly inspirational to a developing musician.
This can be a great opportunity for both parent and student to enjoy one of the performing arts
as we initially experience it, through our ears.
Warning: You may experience an increase in the amount of practicing around your house after attending a concert.

Upcoming Concerts

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 7  Directory of Percussion Teachers
State, City Name Web page Email                           Telephone  
Alabama

Dothan

 

Jackson, Joshua

 

 

 

audrum1@hotmail.com

 

334-233-2406

 

07/08*

Alaska          
Arizona          
Arkansas          
California          
Colorado          
Connecticut
New Haven

 


Skidmore, David

West, David


www.davidskidmorepercussion.com

 


skidmorepercussion@gmail.com

dwest2604@yahoo.com

 


713-992-2608


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9/06*

Delaware          
Florida          
Georgia          
Hawaii          
Idaho          
Illinois

Chicago

 

Stults, Derek

 

 

 

Derek.Stults@gmail.com

 

860-888-5875

 

7/08*

Indiana          
Iowa          
Kansas          
Kentucky          
Louisiana          
Maine          
Maryland          
Mass.          
Michigan          
Minnesota          
Mississippi          
Missouri          
State, City Name Web page Email Telephone  
Montana          
Nebraska          
Nevada          
New Hampshire          
New Jersey          
New Mexico          
New York

New York

 

Nissly, Jacob

 

 

 

jacob.nissly@gmail.com

 

847-858-9686

 

7/08*

North
Carolina
         
North
Dakota
         
Ohio          
Oklahoma          
Oregon          
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia

Markzon, Jason
 
jpmarkzon@hotma
il.com

267-235-4530

8/07*
Rhode
Island
         
South
Carolina
         
South
Dakota
         
Tennessee          
Texas
 


Austin

Austin

Austin
Austin


Dallas

 


Houston
Houston
Houston

 

Houston
Houston
Houston

Houston

Houston


Houston

Houston

Houston




Pearland


San Antonio

San Antonio
San Antonio

San Antonio
San Antonio

San Antonio

San Antonio
San Antonio

San Antonio
San Antonio

San Antonio
San Antonio

San Antonio
San Antonio



 

Klier, Kari
Mendoza, David
Otto, Jeffrey
Tannert, Emily


Piper, John Mark
 



Bell, Brandon
Carroll, Christina
Gould, Grant

 

Goldwaithe, Julian
Hauschildt, Craig
McClung,Dr.Matthew
McKinney, Terry
Nelson, Meredith


Slotter, Karen
Strauss, Matthew
Warren, Alec




Sanborne, Garrett


Hilms, Richard
Patterson, Bill
White, Walter O.

Smith, Brad
Valadez, Isaiah
Macias, Stephen

Thompson, Taylor
Vlasek, Christopher A.

Ramon, Michael A.
Loveland, Chris

Martinez, Mark
Gil, AJ

Elias, Salomon
Rubins, Sherry




www.oakhilldrumstudio.com

 


www.JohnMarkPiper.com



 


www.strike3percussion.com


 




www.matthewmcclung.com

www.percussionteacher.com



 



 





www.pattersonsnares.com
www.whitehousepercussion.com



 

 

 

 

 


http://music.utsa.edu/percussion


 


kklier435@yahoo.com
david@oakhilldrumstudio.com

jotto@mail.utexas.edu
etannert@mail.utexas.edu


pipervibe@JohnMarkPiper.com

 


percbell@aol.com

carrolldrum@sbcglobal.net
grant.gould@gmail.com


quint_player_22@hotmail.com

craighauschildt@sbcglobal.net

matt_mcclung@yahoo.com
tmperc@gmail.com

percussionteacher@yahoo.com



matthewstrauss@hotmail.com
 




sanborneg@pearlandisd.org



Richesperc@aol.com
billpatterson1@sbcglobal.net

waltowhite@earthlink.net


jimmyrivers113@yahoo.com
stephenmacias@gmail.com

ththompson@gmail.com
vlasekpickle@yahoo.com

lastplace777@hotmail.com
dwt761@my.utsa.edu

mark90@sbcglobal.net
d_railed13@yahoo.com

jem774@my.utsa.edu
sherry.rubins@utsa.edu




512-779-8806

512-964-6778
512-585-6322

512-560-0614


972-762-2638


 


713-828-8726

713-863-7424

832-260-6077


330-703-8010

713-528-3290

713-856-6688

713-688-4081


281-242-6225
713-349-8849

 





281-412-1643 



210-326-7869
210-655-8435
210-535-8446

210-843-7592
210-823-5487
210-382-8747

210-378-4684
210-632-7800

956-373-1954
210-326-4500

210-387-1744
210-232-7153

210-833-9426
210-744-5916

 


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Utah          
Vermont          
Virginia
Springfield

Spinelli, Donald

 

dspumoni@yahoo.com

703-505-3569

11/06*
Washington          
West Virginia          
Wisconsin          
Wyoming          
If you would like to join the Directory of Percussion Teachers, send the following information in an email to percussionteacher@yahoo.com.
1. State
2. City
3. Name - Last, First
4.Website address (optional -  A web page can be a great way to share your bio or credentials with parents and band directors.)
5. Email address
6. Telephone number (optional)

Tell all your percussion teacher friends. I am just getting started. This listing will be permanently free for all original Directory Members. Thanks for participating. :)    Meredith

Many more solo reviews to come! I am just getting started.     You are at www.percussionteacher.com         Thanks for your patience.  Meredith Nelson

           

 8  Percussion Solo Reviews and Recommendations 

In the past decade, I have had to build knowledge of the student repertory in order to have varied recitals in my studio. When possible, I gained information and recommendations from other percussion teachers. At other times, no referrals were available, and I literally had to play a guessing game with the music catalog. Since I know the difficulties of choosing music sight unseen, I wanted to provide band directors, parents, and other percussion teachers with insight into some of the percussion repertory. I hope that this list will help you to choose technically appropriate and musically engaging high quality repertory with artistic merit. The truism, “You are what you eat” applies to both physical and musical development.

 

The solos are sorted first by genre, then level of difficulty, and finally alphabetized by composer.

Mallet Solos  -  Beginner

Bartok, Bela    Evening in the Country    Level: Advanced Beginner
Arr. Floyds O. Harris       2 Mallet Marimba with Piano Acc.
This elegant contemporary classic instantly inspires thoughts of Chinese peasants working in the countryside. Based on a pentatonic scale the melody imitates the sounds of a Chinese tune as heard played on an ethnic string instrument or sung vocally. Rolls are used during the expressive and meditative Lento rubato section. The contrasting Vivo sections include eighth-sixteenth note combinations as well as triplet sixteenth notes. There are many dynamics to be learned for musical growth, and as well as accents that help stylize the rhythms. This is a mixed meter solo with 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4. I often use this piece with students who are being accompanied by the piano for the first time. It is a good opportunity for them to practice counting rests when the piano has a solo, as well as learn how to listen to and play with accompaniment at different tempi. Accompaniment is an absolute must on this piece, and the duet is very recital audience accessible.

Mallet Solos  -  Intermediate 

Boccherini, L.       Minuet                                Level: Intermediate
Arr. M.E. Edwards          2 Mallet Marimba with Piano or Marimba Acc.
True to its musical form, this 3/4 piece is elegant and charming at a moderate tempo. Musically, this genteel tune provides an opportunity to work on melodic inflection and phrasing in the Baroque style. While never more rhythmically complex than eighth and sixteenth note combinations, the piece’s third section may prove to be a challenge to any student that isn’t comfortable with speedy double stops at differing intervals. Elements involved include: legato rolls, basic eighth note syncopation, arpeggios, da capo form, harmonic intervals, key modulation from GM to CM, staccato and legato stroke, double stops, and loads of dynamic changes. This is an excellent example of the Minuet and will sound lovely on recitals.

Brahms
, Johannes       Hungarian Dance No. 5    Level: Intermediate
Arr. John B. Quick         2 Mallet Marimba with Piano Acc.
Wow! This is a really fun piece to play. I have never had a kid who didn’t LOVE playing this flashy piece. This musical classic opens the door to learning and employing several characteristic styles as well as basic introduction to the parallel keys Gm/GM and the scales and arpeggios involved. It is incredibly versatile and may be used at the end of a student’s second year (7th grade), but sounds interesting enough that it will be loved by any 9th or 10th grade student still developing the 2 mallet basics of rolls and double stops. Needless to say, this makes a fabulous recital piece, and can be an excellent vehicle for getting the shy performer to learn how relax and have fun in front of an audience.

Gounod, Charles       Funeral March of A Marionette   Level: Intermediate
Arr. J. Michael Roy        2 Mallet Marimba with Piano Acc.
While better known as the theme for Alfred Hitchcock movies, this standard still gets kids excited to play its morbidly cute tune. Written in the spooky key of Dm, it journeys into parallel DM, before returning to end its creepy sojourn in Dm.(After all, it is a marionette’s FUNERAL march.) The 6/8 meter can provide a fun introduction to counting compound-complex meters and mastering the challenge of upbeats in this meter. Once in a while the rhythm dotted eighth – sixteenth – eighth note will rear it ugly head and need to be conquered.  Melodic grace notes encountered should not be confused with the snare drum flam. There are several octave double stops, but also sixths and thirds. While dynamic changes are frequent and provide opportunities to show musicianship, rolls are few and far between making this a technically simple piece. Will this work on a recital? YES!   Elementary, my dear Watson.  Mystery solved!

Schubert, Franz      Marche Militaire, Op. 51, No. 1    Level: Intermediate
Arr. John B. Quick       2 Mallet Marimba with Piano Acc.
FOR--ward    MAARCH !     Visions of toy soldiers dance in my head when I hear this piece. While rhythmically simple, the complexity of this piece is derived from the plethora of double stops throughout the piece. It would be a good challenge for any student to develop these double stops up to the Allegro tempo indicated, and a fun remedy for any student who has a dislike or fear of double stops. This classic is a great way to teach about a march’s style and musical form. A favorite among audiences, this nutritionally sound solo is packed with music theory vitamins just waiting to be unpacked, including DM modulating to GM.

Ukena, Todd     After School Rag         Level: Intermediate
                                2 Mallet Marimba with Piano Acc.
This fun and lighthearted solo introduces the 2nd year student to the style of ragtime at a moderate tempo. Almost every note is a double stop, including the rolls, thus providing the opportunity to learn about intervals and chords. The syncopated rhythm requires lots of counting! The marimba uses many accidentals for chromaticism despite being written in the key of CM, modulating to GM, and returning to CM. This delightful recital piece makes a great precusor to studying xylophone rags.

Valverde, Joaquin   Tango Argentino   Level: Intermediate
Transcribed by J. Michael Roy      2 Mallet Marimba Solo with Piano Acc.
I love teaching this piece! The great, albeit syncopated, melody makes me want to put a rose between my teeth and tango across the dance floor! Using the parallel keys of Am and AM, the tune starts on the second sixteenth note, forcing students to count subdivided sixteenth notes whether they like it or not. No rolls are involved, but the rhythmic complexity of the piece gives students more than enough material to work on. Triplet sixteenths are included, as well as glissandi, double stops, chromaticism, and lots of dynamic changes. The piano accompaniment has a wonderful syncopation of its own that contrasts with the marimba. Once the student gets used to the piano accompaniment, this piece will be a show stopper! You are sure to be an audience favorite on the concert!

Mallet Solos – Intermediate + 

Bach, Johann Sebastien        Prelude in G minor     Level: Intermediate +
Trans. by L.H. Stevens             4 Mallet Marimba Solo    
This is a lovely Bach piece not unlike many of his other Preludes. Technically the two hands work together to create the running sixteenths with the left hand crossing over the right to execute both treble and bass clef notes. Recommended sticking is 1342 4343 2323. Dynamic interpretation has been left to the discretion of the performer, as none are indicated in the score. A student ought to have at least 2 or more other Intermediate + 4 Mallet pieces under his/her belt before attempting this solo, for maximum technical and musical growth. As always, this composer has written a quality piece that has survived for over 300 years. Of course, it would be great on a recital!

Debussy, Claude                    Le Petit Negre          Level: Intermediate +
Arr. Linda L. Pimental                            4 Mallet Marimba Solo
 “Delightful” is the first word that should be used to describe this piece. One of Debussy’s pieces for children, this is both fun to play and charming to hear. Despite the child like and droll quality of this piece, it is not child’s play. The performer needs to always bring out the melody when in the right hand, a challenge for a novice player. There is rhythmic syncopation both in the right hand and between both hands. Double stop chromaticism in the left hand will need to be worked out slowly, and the middle rolled section looks much easier than is actually played. This is a classic example of ABA form with stylistic variance between the sections.  The student should have at least 1or 2 other Intermediate +  4 Mallet pieces mastered before approaching some of the challenges presented in Le Petit Negre. This piece works well for a recital.

Larson, Keith       Suite Mexicana       Level:Intermediate +
                          4 Mallet Marimba Solo
This 3 movement work demands the 4 mallet beginner work on several techniques - mallet independence, double stops with minimal interval changes, and rolls. The student will need 2 set of 4 mallets - soft and articulate. Suite Mexicana is both tonal and melodic- a good choice for recitals for the 4 mallet novice. Written in the keys of CM, Dm/DM, and CM, it requires the student to demonstrate dynamic extremes. The 2nd movement provides the opportunity to be very musical and expressive. The 3rd movement is definitely the most challenging, primarily due to the fast tempo. Artistically, I would give this composition a "B", but it is a solid choice for the developing student, as the 4 mallet repertoire is extremely limited at this level.

Schinstine, William J.      Whispering Woods      Level: Intermediate +
                                                              4 Mallet Marimba Solo
Another good starter piece for the beginning 4 mallet player. Primarily this piece focuses on independent movement of the four mallets. As frequently found in piano repertory, the melody resides in the right hand as it plays harmonic double stops while the left hand maintains a steady eighth note rhythm throughout the piece.  The second half of the piece addresses the technique of alternating mallets independently to form a continuous single line melody.  The ABA form provides a clear example for discussion. Despite the slow tempo indicated (I think that this is supposed to be a walk in the woods.), students typically wish to race through the piece, much to their demise as 4 mallet novices. The tune is simple and pleasant with dynamic contrasts. However, there may be other pieces more musical and artistic that would be better suited for performance before a live audience.

Ukena, Todd      Colors                Level: Intermediate +
                                                      4 Mallet Marimba Solo
This jazzy etude is a fun way to have 4 mallet novices work on rolling. The cool sounding chords can help diffuse the frustration students in the initial 4 mallet rolling experience. While only 24 measures long, the slow tempo and changing dynamics help to fill out the piece. This piece is not recital material, but is cool sounding and may be used as a vehicle for introducing seventh chords. Key: C

Mallet Solos – Advanced

Irvin, Lorraine         Simplicity         Level: Advanced
                                           4 Mallet Marimba Solo
The sweet melody of Simplicity appears rhythmically simple on the page, but the solo is very technically challenging. The entire piece is rolled with 4 part chords and moving lines indifferent voices. This piece requires a lot of stamina, endurance, and relaxation. The dolce rubato marking only emphasizes the the student should maximize the opportunity for expressive lyrical playing with huge dynamic changes and crescendo/diminuendo. The 4 part chords provide a great point of departure for learning about chords, harmonization, voicing of chords, and other music theory. The student must be well enough prepared to perform at the appropriate tempo, and not too slowly.

Sarasate, Pablo de       Zapateado (Spanish Dance)     Level: Advanced
Arr. Linda Maxey            2 Mallet Marimba Solo with Piano Acc.
This "Golden Age" violin classic easily turns into a show piece for the 2 mallet marimbist. The fast tempo and changing registers will have the performer dashing from one octave of the instrument to the next, much to the delight of the audience. The melody is mostly single line with some double stops. Written in AM, there are many accidentals, rolls, trills, grace notes, glissandi, and tons of ledger lines. The performer will be required to play in 6/8 but also learn to occasionally put 4, 5, and 7 notes to the quarter. This flashy piece is sure to challenge the high school percussionist, and, if well executed, be a show stopper on a recital.

 

Snare Drum Solos - Extremely Advanced

Markovich, Mitch               Tornado
SD Rudimental – Extremely Advanced
This classical rudimental solo is exceptionally difficult to perform well and up to tempo. Despite its rhythmically simple appearance, it requires the utmost speed and flexibility for wrist and finger technique. Rudiments included are the open roll, flams, single and double paradiddles, flam-tap, and backsticking. Do not underestimate the difficulty of this piece. Suitable only for students of the highest caliber of technique and speed. Sounds great on a recital.

 

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 9  Planning the First Step of Your Career

                       Choosing a Music School

Finding the Right Collegiate School of Music 

Questions to Ask When Applying to Music School

Choosing a music school for professional development can prove to be a very difficult process if you don’t know which questions to ask. Based on personal experiences, I created the following list to help guide my students through the Music School Decision Process. The following questions are designed to help you, ask the right questions to gather information vital to making a good decision. Try to gather as much and specific information as possible. The next 2-4 years of your life will be affected by both good and bad conditions.

Some of these questions may be answered by looking at the collegiate website. Other questions can only be answered by e mailing or visiting with the professor/students. There are also several that may only be answered by visiting the campus itself. A live audition is always recommended.

1. Name of School

2. Location of School

3. Major City, Small City, College Town, Rural Area

4. Name of Teacher(s)

5. Is the teacher a Professor (Full time Faculty) or Professional (Performing Artist i.e. with the Symphony, etc.)

6. Find out the credentials of the teacher(s). (i.e. – professional training, teachers he/she studied with, professional experiences, recordings, DMA, years of experience.)

7.Will lessons/applied studies be with the aforementioned teacher(s) or a graduate student?

8. Is it possible to study with more than one teacher?

9. Number of students in the studio.

10. Of the __________ students in the percussion studio,
How many are undergraduate?_________________  Graduate?__________________

11. How many are majoring in Performance?______________________
Music Education_____________ Music Business__________________
Music Therapy_______________ Music Technology_______________
12. How much time will be spent studying…
Snare drum -
Xylophone -
Timpani -
Marimba -
Drum set -
Ethnic percussion -
Accessory instruments -
Jazz -
Classical -
Solo -
Chamber Music -

 13. Number of practice rooms _______________
Number of practice rooms designated for percussion only________________

 14.How much equipment is available?   Be specific as possible with models and quantity. (i.e. If there is just one beat up 4 octave marimba for 20 percussion majors, you will not be getting in very much practice time and your choice of repertory will be extremely limited.)

 15. Condition of the instruments?

 16. Equipment location(s)

 17. Are most or all of the instruments easily accessible?

 18. Will there be a lot of time spent and difficulties encountered moving instruments?

19. What kind of logistical nightmares may exist?

(e.g. will I have to move a marimba across campus, up a flight of stairs, or through the snow on a regular basis?  Will I have to interrupt an orchestra or band rehearsal to set up percussion/timpani for my own rehearsal? Will the marimba fit through the practice room doorframe? Can instruments remain set up between each rehearsal, or will there be set up time involved for EVERY rehearsal? Will I have to run between instrument stashes on 3 levels in 2 buildings to find what I need for rehearsal? Is percussion studio located near the concert and rehearsal halls? Remember, this questionnaire is based on my personal experiences! J No situation will be perfect, but some situations are definitely better than others.)

 

20. Hours and availability of the music/practice facility.

21. Is there time to practice?

22. How much do other students practice?

23. What are their aspirations?
(e.g. It is difficult to stay inspired to work hard in a competitive field if you are surrounded by people who desire to become underwater basket weavers, instead of professional musicians.)

24.Success of former students. What are they doing now?

25. Is there a music library on campus?

26. Does it have a listening library as well?

 27. Number of scores_____________ and recordings_____________

28. Is there a Computer Lab specifically for Music Technology?
Hours and availablilty________________________________

29.Availablilty of professors/teachers. Will you see him/her one hour a week, or more frequently?

30.Find out if the school has the following ensemble(s) and how many there are of each.
Percussion ensemble
Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Symphonic/Concert Band
New Music/Contemporary Music Ensemble
Jazz Band
Marching Band

31. To discover the QUALITY of any of the ensembles listed above, it necessary that you attend a rehearsal or concert.

 32. Who directs the percussion ensemble?

 33. What kind of repertory does the percussion ensemble perform?

 34. How frequent are the concerts?

 35.Who plays in the percussion ensemble? Undergraduate, graduate, majors, non-majors?

 36. How much do undergraduates/graduates get to play in ensembles, and in which ones? (It is very important to gain performance experience in college. However, a schedule with too many rehearsals will limit practice room time, which is crucial for development.)

 37. Does the professor/faculty member attend orchestra or band rehearsal and provide coaching?

  38.ATTEND A LESSON (of a current student) OR SCHEDULE ONE FOR YOURSELF with the faculty member.
Applied studies
(the lesson) is one of the MOST IMPORTANT parts of professional training. Therefore it is to your advantage to see firsthand what a lesson with the faculty member would entail for both professional and personal reasons.

 39.Are there master classes throughout the year with visiting artists and specialists?

 40.What kind of professional performances can you attend locally to be inspired to grow artistically?

 41. Visit with current students. Find out their level of satisfaction with the program and training received.

 42. What is the atmosphere in the studio between students? Supportive? Competitive? Too competitive? Do people know how to get along and work together?
(No percussionist is an island, ever.)

 43. Have the current students attended summer music festivals?
(Year round development is crucial in the musical world.)

 44. What kind of music festival? Orchestral, chamber music, etc.
Which ones?

 45. Are there professional performing opportunities in the area for students?
What kind?

 46. Is there any studio work?
 

 47. Are there opportunities to observe professionals at work?

 48. How flexible are professors if I have a professional gig and need to miss rehearsal or class?

 49. Does the professor help students get their foot in the door for teaching lessons, gigs, studio work, etc.?

 50. Check out the music theory and history classes.

 51. Amount of music versus non-music classes. (i.e. 75% / 25% etc.)
 (This can vary greatly, depending on whether you are attending a university, college, or music conservatory.)

 52. What kind of scholarships are available? 

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          11                               Studio Policies

Dear Parents,

Hello! I am Meredith Nelson, your private lessons teacher. Now that we have started with weekly lessons, I would like to share information that will help that year to be as productive and successful as possible.

1. All students need to have regular lessons.
I cannot stress enough the importance of having regular and consistent lessons as well as regular and thoughtful practice as a key to a student’s success as an individual musician.
If you have a schedule conflict and will not be able to attend your lesson, the lesson MUST be made up. If it is necessary at reschedule your lesson, please notify me at least 24 hours in advance of the lesson. If you choose to what I call “other” absences (i.e. a student forgetting a lesson or a last minute cancellation), there will be a charge for the additional lesson, and you will lose the fee for the missed lesson. If a student is absent from school (sick) on their lesson day please notify me IMMEDIATELY, so that we might reschedule the lesson. (i.e. Call me in the morning when you call the school.)
Since I find a great deal of value in a student having a regular period of time between lessons, I will make every attempt not to move a student’s regular lesson. However, once in a while, I too, as a performing musician, will have a schedule conflict. You will be notified in advance of any adjustments.

2. All students need to perform on the winter and spring recitals.
Since music is one of the performing arts, learning how to perform in front of an audience an essential part of the educational process. There is absolutely nothing that can replace one of the greatest teachers of all, EXPERIENCE. The lessons a young musician learns from performing in front of and listening to peers are extremely important. For some, live performance will be very exciting from day one. For others, this will be how they learn to turn apprehension into excitement for performance.

3. Payment for lessons will be due in advance for the entire month on the first lesson
of each month.
Private teaching constitutes a large portion of my income. Hence, this stringent rule showing your commitment to music education and reserving a space in my studio.

4. What can I do as a parent?
As a parent, the best thing that you can do to help your child have a rewarding year of musical development and artistic growth is to encourage regular and thoughtful practice of the talent and abilities that are just waiting to emerge from each person. The time and effort spent between lessons is more important for artistic development than the lesson itself.

If you have any questions or concerns, PLEASE CALL ME. I may be reached at 713-688-4081.
I am looking forward to another musically successful year for everyone.
Sincerely,
Meredith Nelson

www.PercussionTeacher.com         Ms. Nelson has taught students from the following school districts and schools.  Tel. 713-688-4081

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Ft.Bend ISD

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Houston ISD

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Alief ISD
 

Private Schools

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