Julie’s Bio

Dr. Julie Hill, Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Tennessee-Martin and President of the Percussive Arts Society, has received worldwide recognition as a performer and scholar. Hill has presented workshops, concerts, and lectures extensively throughout the United States on Brazilian Music and the topic of music and social transformation for black women and at-risk children in Northeastern Brazil. As a member of the acclaimed Caixa Percussion Trio, Julie has performed in Mexico, Brazil, France, Puerto Rico, South Korea, across the United States, and the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC).

Julie is a winner of the prestigious University of Tennessee at Martin’s Cunningham Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award, the Hardy Graham Distinguished Professorship Award, and UT Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award.

Hill is the co-author of a collection of solos/duets entitled Music for Multi Percussion: A World View (Alfred Publications) and has numerous publications with Innovative Percussion and Row-Loff Productions, and her scholarly research has been published in Percussive Notes and the Garland World Music Encyclopedias.

She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Julie Hill is an Artist and Educator for Zildjian Cymbals, and a Performing Artist for Yamaha Corporation of America. She is an artist and endorsee for Innovative Percussion, Evans Drum Heads, and Grover Pro Percussion.  For more information, visit Julie Hill’s website at http://www.utm.edu/jhill or http://www.utm.edu/percussion.

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Percussive Notes,June 2004

The Magic of Escola Didá: Social Reform for Women and Children in Brazil

By Julie Hill

The first time I traveled to Brazil, I went there seeking all the things I had heard about for so many years: beautiful beaches, incredible food, exotic plants and animals, and of course, percussion. I traveled to the Pantanal where I  saw some of the most beautiful birds on the planet. Next, I went to Rio de Janeiro, seeking the sounds of the samba, choro, and bossa nova. Finally, I went to Salvador da Bahia, hoping to find the music of samba reggae and the percussion group Olodum that most of us first came to love on Paul Simon’s Rhythm of the Saints album. In Salvador, I did find the powerful music of samba reggae,  but I also stumbled upon something more, an entire project founded for the purpose of helping women and children find education, self confidence, and success through the arts and samba reggae. The group I encountered was Escola Didá.

see Percussive Notes, June 2004 Issue for entire article.

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