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Percussion Throwdown! Challenging Your Percussion Section to Use Their Finest Ingredients

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  • This masterclass addresses how to foster expression and musical sensitivity in a high school percussion section. Similar to a 3-course meal, a well-prepared percussion section has to have all the fixin's, including great organizational skills and musical intuition. This session will layout a simple 3-step process that engages percussion students mentally and demands that they produce an expressive sound and interpretation in rehearsal and performance.
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  • Andrew M. Bliss has extensive experience in a wide variety of musical ensembles and genres, while specializing in contemporary solo and chamber performance. Bliss is the artistic director of the Nief-Norf Project, a chamber percussion group that performs modern music, and is also a member of the piano/percussion duo Nothing in Common. Bliss has been a featured artist at the Intermedia Festival, the SEAMUS National Conference, the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), the College Music Society’s International Conference (Croatia), and at multiple Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. Equally interested in scholarship and pedagogy, Bliss has presented at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the Society for Music and Minimalism’s 2nd International Conference, and at the Association for Technology in Music Instruction’s National Conference.