Re: Working with NV percussion
Posted by ER on 11/12/2019, 4:14 pm, in reply to "Working with NV percussion"
1. What are you doing with them during the warm-up? |
If possible, can they be a part of that? Make sure it's something engaging and not just 8 on a hand on pads or the oboe part on xylophone. You can even write out little accessory patterns for them to play to accompany the band warm-ups.
2. Can you split them out with another director and do some keyboard or snare fundamentals? What about a percussion ensemble?
Even if you just teach them some additional lessons from their beginner book, they'll be more engaged by working on that than a lot of other things you could be doing in full rehearsal.
If percussion ensemble is an option, this can be a great way to work on multiple skills from the obvious chamber music applications to less obvious like learning about accessory percussion and trap tables.
Holler if you want to talk further: ericrathmusic at gmail dot com
Hey guys, middle school NV director here, I have 6 7th grade percussionists who are a little on the crazy side. They're decent when they play, but when they get bored they just do whatever they want it seems. How do you keep your sections engaged in the whole rehearsal?