Melanie A Voytovich
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.
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.
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.