Performance Preparation and Repertoire
Students will prepare performances at the highest possible level, demonstrating knowledge of applicable solo and ensemble literature and utilization of improvisation skills, and successfully perform from a cross-section of that repertory.
Performing with a Variety of Instruments
Students will be able to perform in solo recital and in ensembles on a variety of percussion instruments with a foundation or core of study on snare drum, timpani, keyboard percussion and drum set. Some exposure to all percussion (including orchestral and ethnic or world percussion) will be included. This will expand into solo and chamber literature that will demonstrate a variety of styles in both formal and informal settings.
Students will study analysis, assessment, and applicaion of percussion methods and curriculae for use in teaching all aspects of percussion performance practices.
Music and Technology use
Students will utilize and learn how to apply technology in their performance preparation, assessment of their own performances and their teaching. This includes audio and video recordings of performances, master classes, and practice sessions. Music software for composition, improvisation, transcription, and rehearsal techniques are included in the curriculum.
(2016) With easy access of today's technology and the installation of wifi in the HFAC, the students are entering the program with prior knowledge of how to access multiple performances and continue learning and sharing to better discriminate the quality of those performances in their own preparation.