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Instructor Class Description

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Melanie A Voytovich
MUSAP 217
Seattle Campus

Percussion Techniques

The study of basic percussion techniques as they apply to music in the public schools. Acquaints the prospective music education major with percussion performance and teaching techniques.

Class description

Over the year, this course will cover a variety of percussion techniques, including how to play various instruments, instrument repair, essential materials for teaching, and teaching methods. This class is geared toward music education majors, but is open to anyone with a basic knowledge of musical concepts.

Student learning goals

Provide percussion instruction in an instrumental program (typically grades 4-12).

Articulate their knowledge of the instruments and the appropriate ways to play each one.

Have a variety of resources to assist/supplement knowledge in the future.

Quickly identify and correct issues students are having.

General method of instruction

Active participation, discussion, mild to moderate lecture.

Recommended preparation

A general knowledge of musical concepts is necessary, though experience with percussion is not.

Class assignments and grading

Reading, practicing techniques on various instruments (most provided), writing lesson plans.

Participation, playing assessments, teaching, and written midterm and final.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Melanie A Voytovich
Date: 09/18/2013