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Percussion Methods 102: Revisited

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  • Percussion is the largest family of musical instruments. For music educators, it can be overwhelming to learn the basics on all of these instruments in one semester. This clinic will address common percussion problems as well as tips on how educators can help their students become successful percussionists and better musicians. Topics will include purchasing a snare drum, fixing common timpani issues, creating a good snare drum roll, playing accessory instruments properly, finding repertoire and method books, and purchasing the correct sticks and mallets.
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  • 12/19/2019 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  • Meeting Room W186
  • Dr. Dave Gerhart, Assistant Marketing Manager, Education for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California in Percussion Performance with a secondary emphasis in Music Education, Ethnomusicology, and Music Industry & Technology. He received a M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Gerhart has been featured on CDs with the Robin Cox Ensemble, Steven Hartke and Gabriela Ortiz. An advocate of percussion pedagogy, Dr. Gerhart serves on the PAS Board of Advisors and has published “Teaching Musicality to Percussionists” (Nov. 2017) in Percussive Notes. In addition, he contributed to a case study “Using Technology to Enhance Performance Pedagogy in the Postsecondary Brass Studio” by Adam Snider and Technology and Its Use by Percussion Educators in the 21st Century (PN Jan. 2012). Dave’s compositions by Bachovich Music Publications, Boxfish Music Publishing and Living Sounds Publications. Dave’s compositions and arrangements for percussion ensemble and steel drum orchestra are published by Bachovich Music Publications, Boxfish Music Publishing and Living Sounds Publications.