Percussion

  • Percussion students are expected to start their practice time by playing the ‘Drill’
    • The Drill consists of 2 measures of quarter notes, 2 measures of eighth notes, and 2 measures of sixteenth notes.  Then, repeat the pattern using buzz strokes.  The students should be counting the entire time: “1 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4 | 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + | 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + | 1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a | 1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a | ” — OR, the students can subdivide the beat by counting sixteenth notes the entire time of the drill
  • Students should then practice the rudiments that they have learned: flam, flam tap, etc.
  • Students should then proceed to their book assignment, handouts, and band music

Practicing Tips:

  • I teach the children to practice using the “Count it — Air Drum it — Play it” method.
    1. The student should count the rhythm of the music
    2. Then, count it again and play with the drum sticks in the air.
    3. Then, play the music — at the same speed that they counted it.
  • After a student masters a small section of music (2 or 4 measures), go on to the next small section of music.
  • By the end of 1 week of practice, the student should be able to play their assignment(s) with precision – and earn a grade of 100 in the grade book!