Beyond Basic Percussion was developed with one concept in mind: Help the percussionists in your ensemble become musically independent so you can spend more time making music and less time worrying about their logistics.
This practical and fun collection is designed by Eric Rath and Ralph Hicks, both of whom are accomplished band directors AND professional percussionists. Inside you’ll find ten beginning-level percussion ensemble pieces that address the most common obstacles new percussionists and their teachers face in class. These pieces build on skill sets and difficulty as they progress, and each ensemble is creatively written to confront basic percussion challenges such as:
Approaching percussion musically
Accessory percussion techniques
Unique sounds, dampening concepts, etc.
Sticking patterns on mallet instruments
Latin percussion techniques
The accompanying enhanced DVD is packed with full-length, multicamera video examples (see “watch/listen” tab above) of each ensemble being performed, plus tips from the authors, technique demonstrations, individual parts in PDF format, and audio files.
Beyond Basic Percussion is also a great resource for university-level methods classes by giving non-percussionist music education majors experience with the “do’s and don’ts” in the percussion world. All in all, this collection is packed with variety and enough educational material to last several semesters–everything you’ll need to take your percussionists beyond the back of the room and into the music!