A Different Approach to Percussion Instruction by Aaron Griesser
I attended this workshop at the Indiana MEA Development Conference last January. Aaron works in aMishawakaarea public school where they have a very large number of percussionists in the school band programs.
It was interesting to see the response others had to the way they set up their program. I thought the session would be useless to me (since I have anywhere from 3-7 percussionist)until he mentioned curriculum suggestions and requirements. I have been looking for this for quite some time. I already have developed graded requirements for SR Bandestra for wind players, but have been struggling to find anything that would be consistent for the percussionists.
Here are some standards that I will be choosing from for percussionists in the SR Bandestra:
Keyboard (marimba, orchestral bells):
- Students pass off their major scales and arpeggios each year.
- Different tempo benchmark for each grade level.
- minor scales and arpeggios for extra credit.
The handout for this workshop included a great beginning list of ideas for most common percussion instruments.