Beginning Percussion


Get a method book for your instrument. The band book for your instrument can be purchased at any local music store, or you can order it online from Amazon here: You need Standard of Excellence, Book 1 for Drums & Mallet Percussion by Bruce Pearson. (NOTE: Don’t get the Timpani & Auxiliary Percussion book). It is important that you have this book because it has information about how to play your instrument, reading music, and songs for our Winter and Spring concerts. Please put your name on the front of your book with a black Sharpie or permanent marker

This is where you will get information about what to practice each week.

Lesson 3: 10/18/18-

Now that we have our stick grip down and can play using the “pizza pie shape”, we will start using our book to learn some songs and exercises. Last week you read some “Du” and “Du-deh” patterns on pages 13 and 14. Make sure you record your practice time each day in the chart at the front of your book. I will check this chart at each lesson and initial your time for the week.  This week:

  • Practice and play the exercises on pages 6, 7, and 8
  • Make sure you know how to play an accent and what the accent mark looks like (hint: the answer is on the top of page 7)
  • Make sure you know how to play a single paradiddle with the proper accents. (hint: the answer is on the top of page 8)
  • Pay attention to the sticking (RLRR- LRLL) when you play the paradiddle.

Lesson 2: 10/11/18- PERCUSSION Week #2 Lessons-

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Lesson 1: 10/04/18- PERCUSSION Week #1 Instrumental Lessons-