Private Lessons

              

Private Lessons are the laboratory where musicians get better. There is no substitute for one-on-one hands on instruction. All members of the band program, including percussionists, are required to take private lessons for their freshman year to cover the fundamentals that every student will need for the rest of the collegiate experience.  It is highly recommended that students continue these lessons throughout all of their college career.  

Percussion is a very large category of instruments but there are some basic areas that all students must cover first before learning about other areas. These lessons are snare drum, mallets, timpani, and drumset. Beyond these four areas, lessons will also cover some basics on accessory percussion, orchestral percussion, world percussion, hand percussion, marching percussion, Latin/Brazilian percussion, and instrument repair and maintenance. Private lessons can be taken for 1 credit (1/2 hour per week) or 2 credits (1 hour per week).  

Area(s) of Study

  • Percussion is a very large category of instruments. Any area of percussion may be studied but the four primary areas of study will be snare drum, mallets, timpani, and drumset. After the basics are covered in these four areas, other areas include but are not exclusive to, Orchestral, Rudimental, Marching, Keyboard, Hand Percussion, Timpani, Drumset, Latin/Brazilian Percussion, Accessory Percussion, or Instrument Repair. Areas of focus with any of the above categories will be technique, music notation/reading skills, and aural & analytical skills.

Required Materials

  • Method books for appropriate area of study as discussed with instructor.
  • Implements for appropriate area of study as discussed with instructor.

Goals

  • To develop a basic understanding of technique(s) for areas of study.
  • To develop/improve music notation/reading skills.
  • To develop/improve aural & analytical skills.  
  • To develop an understanding of how to self-evaluate and improve.
  • To develop/improve good practice habits.