The Band Teacher's Percussion Guide Insights into Playing and Teaching Percussion

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-03-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The Band Teacher's Percussion Guide: Insights into Playing and Teaching Percussion is an essential practical resource for instrumental music teachers and band directors. Author Stewart Hoffman, a Juilliard-trained percussionist, performer, private instructor, and former classroom teacher, offers a comprehensive yet accessible and clearly written handbook to help set teachers and students alike firmly on the road to classroom success. In this book, he presents a thorough foundation in snare drum, timpani, keyboard percussion, drum set, and auxiliary and Latin percussion techniques. More than this, he provides practical advice on curriculum and methodology, packing page after page with teaching tips developed through decades of experience.

For educators and band directors who want to learn more about percussion instruments and playing techniques, refine their percussion-teaching skills, or set the classroom stage for a more effective and rewarding teaching experience, The Band Teacher's Percussion Guide: Insights into Playing and Teaching Percussion will be a valued resource for discovering:

keys to effective evaluation
how to plan a percussion program and select percussionists
recommended instruments and mallets; repair and maintenance guidelines
lifts and levels, a system that leads students to greater control and a more relaxed snare drum technique
technical exercises for all main and accessory percussion instruments
easily referenced summaries of points to focus on when practicing
guidelines for teaching jazz, Latin and rock drumset

Visit the companion website at www.oup.com/us/bandteacherspercussionguide

Author Biography

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Stewart Hoffman has performed with a wide variety of musical organizations, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the orchestras of the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company. He has extensive experience directing middle and high school music programs for the Toronto District School Board and independent schools, as well as teaching orchestral percussion, drum set and jazz vibraphone to students of all ages. As an arts journalist his work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail newspapers, and Chamber Music magazine. Mr. Hoffman is currently a freelance percussionist living in Toronto, where he teaches from his own studio and at Crescent School, where he also conducts that institution's percussion ensemble.

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