Hello Students and Parents,
Here are some tips as you prepare yourself to audition and hopefully begin the UT Martin Percussion Program!
By joining PAS, the largest percussion organization in the world, you’ll instantly begin to invest in your future like a professional. PAS is a tremendous resource and you will begin to see the benefits of membership immediately.
By watching our videos and following our events throughout the year, you’ll know if being in our family is the right choice for you. Music is a tough discipline and not to be entered into lightly, but also very very rewarding when you are surrounded by like-minded hearts and minds. We have a very strong web presence so it’s pretty easy to get a taste of our philosophy before you step on campus.
By scheduling a campus visit, you’ll get a true taste of what it’s like to be a UTM Music Major specializing in percussion. The Jr/Sr Day is the best time to come and audition, but if you want to come at another time, PLEASE email me at email@example.com in advance so I can check my calendar to see if I am in town and also carve out some free time to be with you.
If there is anything I can do to help you, don’t hesitate to contact me – Best, Dr. Hill
P.S. Below is a list of items you should begin to work on gathering as soon as you can!
Acquiring percussion equipment is the responsibility of each individual. A wide variety of mallets and instruments are necessary to properly study and perform solo and ensemble music. For a serious student, collecting percussion equipment begins early in one's career and will probably continue throughout the professional life. The old adage is certainly true of musicians: If you are going to buy something, make it the best. A good piece of equipment is an investment and will last a lifetime.
Some students find it practical to give their family and relatives a percussion catalog to use for gift ideas at birthdays and holidays. Steve Weiss has most of these items for the lowest price:
www.steveweissmusic.com or 215-659-0100
The following is a minimum requirement for new students at the University of Tennessee at Martin. These items should be acquired before the first semester of study begins:
other texts than the ones listed below may be assigned, consult Dr. Hill before purchase
Masterworks for Mallets, Beth Gotlieb (Row-Loff Productions)
Snare and additional rudimental instruments:
Portraits in Rhythm (Complete Study Guide), Anthony J. Cirone (Belwin Mills).
French American Etudes and Solos (exact text TBD), Joe Tompkins (Bachovich Music Pub.)
Advanced Etudes for Snare Drum, Keith Aleo (Honeyrock Pub.)
Music for the Multi Percussionist: A World View, Julie Hill and James Campbell (Alfred Pub.)
Exercises, Etudes and Solos for the Timpani, Raynor Carroll (Batterie Music).
The Working Timpanist’s Survival Guide, John Tafoya, (Carl Fischer Pub.)
Maiden Voyage (14 Easy to Play Jazz Tunes), Jamey Abersold (Abersold Jazz).
Voicing and Comping for Jazz Vibraphone, Thomas David (Hal Leonard).
Groove Essentials: The Play Along, Tommy Igoe (Hudson Music).
World Percussion and Ethnic Instruments:
Assigned as needed
Other Required Texts:
The Savvy Musician, David Cutler (Amazon.com)
Working Towards Excellence, Paul Buyer (Amazon.com)
The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams, Steven Schick (Amazon.com)
A Practical Guide To Percussion Terminology, Russ Girsberger (Meredith Music).
These are minimum requirements; most percussion students will acquire more mallets, instruments and accessories during their years in college. During the course of each semester you should plan on purchasing additional mallets, music and accessories as necessary. Try to budget at least $300/semester for such expenditures.
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