A Resource for Junior High School and High School Music Teachers
The Band Teacher’s Percussion Guide contains a wealth of valuable information and practical advice that has been specifically developed to help you, the junior high or high school music teacher, teach percussion techniques and incorporate percussion into your school band/orchestral program with greater ease and success.
Addressing many of the difficult questions that you are faced with every day, The Band Teacher’s Percussion Guide provides invaluable insights into:
- percussion techniques: the basics – plus helpful tips – on playing snare drum, drum set and suspended cymbals (look for future articles on playing mallet instruments, tympani, bass drum, crash cymbals, tambourine and more)
- percussion section organization: how to ward off chaos – and get your class running more smoothly
- student evaluation: what your students should prepare; what you should be listening for
- jazz and stage band drumming: lots to talk about here – but it won’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing
With articles indexed under Percussion Techniques and Performance and Organization and Evaluation, you’ll easily find the practical information you need to help you teach percussion with more confidence, and help guide your students to success.
And be sure to use the invaluable DOWNLOADABLE MATERIALS to help you build units and create lesson plans.
Your students will enjoy playing the easy snare duet FLAMable, while the accompanying Notes and Exercises will help guide you through the fine points of teaching flams. For those of you directing stage or jazz bands, Jazz Independence Studies shed light on a fundamental component of jazz/swing drumming.
The Band Teacher’s Percussion Guide is continually expanding, so come back often to find new articles and new materials. But you don’t have to wait in order to have your questions answered. Submit your percussion questions and check regularly for answers to those submitted by your colleagues at Ask Stewart.
Stewart Hoffman is uniquely qualified to guide you through the fine points of teaching percussion. A performer and private teacher with over thirty years of experience playing orchestral percussion and jazz drums and vibraphone, he also taught junior high school band class in York Region and high school band class in the former North York Board of Education, now part of the Toronto District School Board. He is currently a freelance drummer, jazz vibraphonist and percussionist, and a member of the private teaching staff at Crescent School in Toronto, where he also directs the school percussion ensemble (see full bio).