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Cymbal Playing Made Easy: How to Produce a Great Sound in Five Minutes or Less!

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  • To provide a variety of ideas and techniques to enhance cymbal playing, and to offer teachers ways to teach effective sound production with as little "instruction" as possible. Concepts will be reinforced by working with audience members.
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  • Nick Petrella is the Director of Education for SABIAN and Adjunct Asst. Prof. of Percussion at the UMKC Conservatory of Music. He performs regularly with the Kansas City Symphony and has played with ensembles such as the Fort Worth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Michigan Opera. Nick has taught at Oakland University and TCU, and in 1992 developed the UK’s first percussion pedagogy course at the Royal Northern College of Music. He was the percussion coach of the World Youth Orchestra from 1997-98 and holds a DMA from Iowa, an MM from Michigan and a BSMusEd from Penn State. Nick wrote The Multiple-Percussion Book and The Ultimate Guide to Cymbals for Carl Fischer, and in 2006 he and wife Diane wrote The Musicians Toolbox, Thoughts on Teaching and Learning Music. He has 12 percussion designs on the market and appeared as a clinician, teacher and performer in 21 countries.