Included in this website are all 40 of The Percussive Arts Society's Essential Snare Drum Rudiments, along with videos of each rudiment being performed by Dr. John Wooton, audio play-along files, exercises that apply the rudiment to "real world" musical phrases and practice suggestions.
Type of Material:
Reference, tutorial, practice guide.
There are numerous recommended uses for the website.
The site is an outstanding supplemental resource for the percussion student in all areas of percussion performance. It would make an outstanding and enjoyable addition to the private or group study process. Students can use the site as a practice aid with interactive media and video lessons. In addition the site is an ideal starting place for research into percussion performance through published articles and recorded interviews with top experts and professionals in the field. Authors will find good original information for their projects. Percussion teachers can use it as a resource both in private instruction and for group performance practices in many genres. Outstanding videos of jazz, latin, rock, marching, and concert ensembles are contained on the site as well as interviews and articles by top teachers.
Learn to recognize and perform standard snare drum rudiments. Improve performance techniques. This site also provides potential growth to students and teachers and professionals by providing access to videos of performances and teaching techniques, teaching resources, interactive practice aids, networking opportunities for clinicians and teachers, current news and articles about the world of percussion, and promotion of Vic Firth products.
Target Student Population:
Middle School, High School, and Collegiate level percussion students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Ability to read standard percussion notation recommended.
The site is an outstanding resource for the teacher, student, and professional alike. For the teacher it provides many outstanding hints to percussion pedagogy as well as multimedia resources and suggestions for published books and articles. Many articles with accompanying multimedia are on the site itself including video and audio of properly performed rudiments at varying metronome markings, video of top performers and ensembles, web lessons updated regularly by top professionals, spotlights with multimedia on successful teachers and school percussion programs, and support and advice for teachers in the area of percussion and how to grow their percussion programs.
For the student many multimedia examples of proper playing technique, multimedia presentations of inspirational performances by top players and ensembles, and web lessons by some of the world's great percussion performers and teachers. For the professional it provides support and a location for networking and resources for professional growth.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The content is well sequenced. Site includes a self-assessment feature. The rudiment area is part of a larger site: other parts of the site include percussion lessons, demonstrations, performance videos, and interviews with professional percussionists.
The user must keep in mind that the site is sponsored by Vic Firth and serves to promote Vic Firth clinicians and products. Other products and clinicians exist. The quality and thoroughness of the site is so high that this is a very minor concern. The site could be improved with the addition of links to examples of musically contextualized use of the rudiments.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to navagate and multimedia functions smoothly both at low and high band widths. The interface is clean and easy to use.
Better cross linking between areas of the site could facilitate more efficient use of resources outside the rudiment part of the site.
Other Issues and Comments:
This is an outstanding resource for instruction of percussion performance and should be on the list of every percussion instructor for themselves and their students. Access to the top players and teachers in the profession is a strong asset.
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