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Master the art of Percussion! Cover a year's worth of private lessons in just a few hours, at a fraction of the cost.
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Last updated 1/2017
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Includes:
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Perform in a musical ensemble
  • Identify each of the main percussion instruments
  • Form a correct mallet and stick grip for any percussion instrument
  • Maintain and repair each of the main percussion instruments
  • Read and interpret percussive musical notation
  • Play dozens of popular technique building exercises
  • Perform multiple Major scales
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Requirements
  • Access to percussion instruments
  • Concert Snare Drum Sticks
  • Concert Marimba Mallets
  • Timpani Mallets
Description

COURSE UPDATES:

  • (05/28/16) In order to more accurately reflect the value users get from our courses and to help us develop future content, MusicProfessor will adjust our prices from $20 to $30 on May 31, 2016. 


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Playing in the Percussion section can be extremely challenging, but also extremely fun and rewarding. MusicProfessor's comprehensive curriculum will help you get the most out of your learning, and help you master the techniques needed to become a great percussionist.

Start from learning basic stick and mallet grips to building your muscles and instrument know-how. On the way, you'll also learn basic music theory and musicianship skills.

Private lessons cost anywhere from $30 - $100/hr. Factor in driving time and expenses and you realize just how costly lessons can be. MusicProfessor's Percussion course provides an entire year’s worth of lessons, for a fraction of the cost, and at your own convenience. Plus, each lesson is taught by an industry leading instructor!


COURSE FEATURES:

  • Nearly 200 video lessons
  • Downloadable sheet music
  • Dozens of technique-building exercises
  • Major scales and scale exercises
  • Percussion-specific troubleshooting tips and advice
  • Music Theory basics, including how to interpret rudiments and percussive notation
  • Percussion equipment recommendations
  • Learn how to repair and maintain each instrument

MusicProfessor's curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 14,000 students and music teachers throughout the world. No where else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor's curriculum, and, best of all, your purchase is backed by Udemy’s 30-day guarantee.

Fulfill your musical destiny by enrolling today!


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:

Cory Hills -

Multi-percussionist, composer, and improviser Cory Hills thrives on breaking down musical barriers through creative, interdisciplinary projects. He has received degrees from Northwestern University, Queensland Conservatorium, and the University of Kansas, and was awarded a research fellowship to Institute Fabrica. Currently, Hills is active performer, composer, and recording artist in Los Angeles, as well as a member of the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet.

An advocate of new music, Hills has individually commissioned and premiered over 70 new works for percussion. He has given solo and chamber recitals across Europe, Australia, The United States, Mexico, and China. These include a featured performance for the International Society of Improvised Music, the Days of New Music Festival in Chisinau, Moldova, the Queensland Music Festival, the Ravello Concert Festival, the Venice Art Biennale, four PASIC conventions, and the Morelia Percussion Festival. An advocate for percussion as an artistic discipline, Hills has been the artist-in-residence at Rocky Mountain National Park, Conservatorio de Las Rosas (Morelia, Mexico), and a fellow at the OMI international artists colony.

Percussive Storytelling, a program that brings classical music and storytelling to kids in fun and accessible ways, was launched by Hills while he was a fellow at Institute Fabrica. The program recently marked its 320th performance, and has reached more than 22,000 children in eight countries. For this work, Hills has been the recipient of numerous arts grants, and was named the 2009 Emerging Artist through the Kansas Arts Commission. The Lost Bicycle, Hills debut solo CD of percussive stories, has received four national parenting and creative arts awards (NAPPA Parents Awards Gold, Parents Choice Award Silver, World Storytelling Honors Award, and a Creative Child preferred choice).

Hills is an artist for Innovative Percussion, Remo, Yamaha, Sabian, and Black Swamp Percussion.

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Matthew Cook -

Matt Cook is a GRAMMY® Award winning percussionist based in Los Angeles, CA. He is known for his work with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, the experimental classical ensemble WildUP, and microtonal band PARTCH. He is also involved in projects ranging from folk rock music to jazz and international ensembles.

Matt’s work is often heard on studio and film recordings but can be seen in performance at major concert halls and venues across the country. As an educator, Matt has been a featured clinician and performer at several universities including Stanford, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California. He also presents at events like the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention and the American Composers Jazz Institute.

He has experience consulting and designing curriculum for university students and k-12 programs with success securing them scholarships to major conservatories and Honor bands across the country. He is Instructor of Percussion at Fullerton and Ventura Colleges.

This course has been provided by MusicProfessor, an online music education company.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students looking to catch up
  • Students looking to get ahead
  • Adult Learners
  • Absolute Beginners
  • Music students who can't access a private teacher
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Snare Drum - The Basics
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Welcome to MusicProfessor's Beginning Percussion Course! This massive series of video lessons will guide you through everything you need to know to become a successful percussionist, whether you're playing with an orchestra, an ensemble, or a hippy-folk band.

Here, we'll introduce the various topics being discussed in this first Snare drum section, including setting up and tuning the drum, playing position, grip, and basic strokes. Let's get started!

Preview 00:16

Learn how to correctly set up a snare drum and stand.

Setting Up the Stand and the Drum
01:33

Learn how to correctly and carefully tune a snare drum head.

Tuning the Drum Head
05:53

Learn how to correctly and carefully tune the snares on the bottom of the drum.

Tuning the Snares
01:51

Learn how to stand and position your body when playing a snare drum.

Snare Drum Playing Position
01:32

Learn how to correctly hold snare drum sticks in a 'traditional' grip.

Preview 01:26

Learn three introductory snare drum strokes that will help you get started.

Three Basic Strokes
01:32

Let's discuss some common pitfalls you might encounter when first getting started with the snare drum.

Troubleshooting
01:51
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Snare Drum - Lots of Practice
20 Lectures 35:01

Here, we'll introduce the various topics being discussed in this section, including a ton of rhythmic practice on the drum, a few new stroke types, and some etudes and exercises.

Introduction
00:19

Let's begin with a very basic exercise that will help us develop a strong, steady stroke with alternating hands.

Exercise 1.1 - 8th and 16th Notes
01:43

Let's continue practicing this first exercise, this time just a little faster.

Exercise 1.2 - 8th and 16th Notes
00:40

Let's take this first exercise even faster.

Exercise 1.3 - 8ths and 16ths
00:57

Let's add accents to our alternating sticking patterns with this exercise.

Exercise 2.1 - Timing with Accents
04:58

Let's continue practicing this exercise, only this time slightly faster.

Exercise 2.2 - Timing with Accents
01:54

Let's wrap up this exercise by playing it at an even faster tempo.

Exercise 2.3 - Timing without Accents
00:55

Learn another new popular snare drum exercise that doesn't include accents, but will help us continue to build our timing and accuracy skills.

Exercise 3.1 - Timing without Accents
02:52

Let's take this exercise at a slightly faster tempo.

Exercise 3.2 - Timing without Accents
01:38

Let's wrap up this exercise by playing it at an even faster tempo.

Exercise 3.3 - Timing without Accents
01:02

Now let's take a look at an extremely popular snare drum 16th note exercise. Understanding these basic 16th sticking patterns is crucial to playing faster and more accurately.

Exercise 4.1 - 16ths
01:46

Let's take this exercise at a slightly faster tempo.

Exercise 4.2 - 16ths
01:17

Let's wrap up our 16th note study by playing it at a slightly faster tempo.

Exercise 4.3 - 16ths
01:18

Everything we've studies thus far has been in duple time. Let's add triplets to the mix to change it up a bit.

Exercise 5.1 - Triplets
03:18

Let's take our triplet exercise just a touch faster.

Exercise 5.2 - Triplets
01:14

Let's wrap up our triplet exercise by playing it at an even faster tempo.

Exercise 5.3 - Triplets
01:22

Learn how practicing a metronome can help you perfect your timing and syncopation.

Preview 03:02

Let's combine some of the techniques we've learned in this section with a fun etude, or 'study.'

Etude 1.1
01:11

Learn a second etude that combines many of the topics from this section.

Etude 2.1
01:42

Let's discuss a number of things that might be giving you trouble and how you can go about fixing them.

Troubleshooting
01:53
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Snare Drum - Getting Started with Rudiments
14 Lectures 26:20

Here, we'll discuss the various topics being covered in this section, including some new strength building exercises and our first snare drum rudiments.

Introduction
00:20

Learn how, why, and when to use your wrist for playing the snare drum.

Using Your Wrist
01:37

Learn a few clapping exercises that will help improve your timing, rhythm, and strength.

Clapping Exercises
02:47

These next few exercises are meant to tire you out. Drummers refer to forearm strength as having 'chops.' Let's start building your chop strength!

Exercise 1.1 - Chop Building
03:04

Continue building your chop strength at a slightly faster tempo.

Exercise 1.2 - Chop Building
01:44

Learn another exercise that will help you develop your chops.

Exercise 2.1 - More Chop Building
01:37

Let's repeat the previous exercise at a slightly faster tempo.

Exercise 2.2 - More Chop Building
01:27

Let's combine doubles (quarters, eighths, and sixteenths) with triples (triplets) for this fun, challenging exercise.

Exercise 3.1 - Doubles and Triples
03:04

Learn your first drum rudiment, the paradiddle.

Rudiment - Paradiddle
02:45

Learn your second drum rudiment, a variation on the first, called the paradiddle-diddle.

Rudiment - Paradiddle-diddle
01:41

Learn your third drum rudiment, another variation on the first, called the para-paradiddle.

Rudiment - Para-paradiddle
01:36

Let's incorporate our drum rudiment, the paradiddle, into an etude.

Etude 1.1 - Paradiddles
02:00

Let's repeat the previous etude at a slightly faster tempo.

Etude 1.2 - Paradiddles
01:30

Let's discuss a few issues you may have encountered in this section and how to remedy them.

Troubleshooting
01:08
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Snare Drum - Flams
14 Lectures 30:09

Here, we'll introduce the various topics being covered in this section, including a detailed look at another rudiment, the flam.

Introduction - Using Your Arm
01:51

Let's begin this lesson by practicing a new exercise meant to help you master stick control.

Exercise 1.1 - Stick Control
02:07

Learn how to increase single stick speed with this exercise.

Exercise 2.1 - Fast Singles
02:59

Let's repeat the previous exercise at an even faster tempo.

Exercise 2.2 - Fast Singles
02:49

Let's wrap up this exercise by playing it at an even faster tempo.

Exercise 2.3 - Fast Singles
01:56

Let's rehash the paradiddle with this exercise.

Exercise 3.1 - Paradiddle
02:15

Let's repeat the previous exercise at a slightly faster tempo.

Exercise 3.2 - Paradiddle
01:09

Learn a new, popular drum rudiment called the flam.

Rudiment - Flam
02:46

Let's spend some time getting familiar with flams.

Exercise 4.1 - Flams
02:45

Learn a variation of the flam, the flam tap.

Rudiment - Flam Tap
01:54

Learn a second variation of the flam, the flam accent.

Rudiment - Flam Accent
01:55

Let's apply our knowledge of flams to this etude.

Etude 1.1 - Flam Pattern
02:26

Let's take the previous etude at a slightly faster tempo.

Etude 1.2 - Flam Pattern
01:02

Let's conclude this section by analyzing what may have given you trouble and how to fix it.

Troubleshooting
02:15
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Auxiliary - Cymbals, part 1
10 Lectures 18:39

Welcome to the cymbal portion of MusicProfessor's Beginning Percussion series. Here, we'll introduce the various topics being covered in this section, including a discussion of the different kinds of cymbals, cymbal playing position, basic cymbal strokes, and tying a cymbal knot. Let's get started!

Introduction
00:15

Learn how to identify various types of cymbals, how they are used, and what they sound like.

Kinds of Cymbals
00:54

Learn how to correctly stand while playing the cymbals.

Cymbal Playing Position
02:04

Learn how to pick up and prepare your cymbals for playing.

Exercise 1.1 - Align
01:46

Learn how to correctly bring the cymbals together.

Preview 01:50

Learn how to make a different, sizzling type of sound with the cymbals.

Exercise 1.3 - Sizzle
01:57

Learn another cymbal playing technique called pass through.

Exercise 1.4 - Pass Through
02:19

Finally, let's conclude our look into various cymbal strokes with a listening exercise.

Exercise 1.5 - Listen
02:51

Every now and then a cymbal knot will break. Learn how to correctly repair or replace a broken cymbal knot.

Tying a Cymbal Knot
03:23

Let's discuss some of the issues you might be facing up to this point in your cymbal playing.

Troubleshooting
01:20
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Auxiliary - Cymbals, part 2
8 Lectures 19:36

Welcome to the second Cymbal section of MusicProfessor's Beginning Percussion series. Here, we'll discuss how to perform various cymbal crashes, play cymbals with mallets or sticks, and the high hat.

Introduction
00:17

Learn how to perform a short cymbal crash.

Short Cymbal Crash
01:35

Apply your short cymbal crash to an etude.

Etude 1.1
00:58

Learn how to create a soft cymbal crash.

Soft Cymbal Crash
02:02

Learn how, why, and when to play suspended cymbal. Learn how differences in mallets (or sticks) and mallet placement can make huge changes to the tone of the cymbal.

Suspended Cymbal
04:57

Let's apply all of the cymbal techniques we've learned thus far to this comprehensive etude.

Etude 2.1
02:17

Learn about the high hat, how it works, and how to play it.

High Hat
04:19

Let's discuss some of the issues that might be giving you trouble and how to go about fixing them.

Troubleshooting
03:11
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Auxiliary - Bass Drum
8 Lectures 16:23

Welcome to the bass drum portion of MusicProfessor's Beginning Percussion course. Here, we'll introduce the various topics being covered in this section, including playing position, various strokes, and a number of helpful exercises.

Introduction
00:33

Learn how to properly stand and position your body to play the bass drum.

Bass Drum Playing Position
01:26

Learn how to correctly grip a bass drum mallet.

Bass Drum Stroke
02:32

Many times, you'll need to muffle the bass drum head to keep the drum from ringing. Learn how to correclty use your non-mallet hand to muffle the drum head.

Bass Drum Muffling
02:16

Let's continue learning how to muffle the bass drum.

Bass Drum Muffling, part 2
01:30

Learn how to produce a bass drum roll.

Bass Drum Roll
02:31

Let's apply the many bass drum techniques we've learned thus far into an etude.

Etude 1.1
03:47

Let's spend some time discussing some of the challenges you may be facing and how to resolve them.

Troubleshooting
01:48
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Auxiliary - Tambourine and Triangle
15 Lectures 29:27

Welcome to the tambourine and triangle portion of MusicProfessor's Beginning Percussion course. Here, we'll introduce the various techniques needed to master both instruments, including playing position and strokes.

Introduction
00:14

Learn how to properly stand while playing the tambourine.

Tambourine Playing Position
02:13

Learn how to play the tambourine softly.

Soft Tambourine Playing
02:36

Tambourine can be challenging and requires masterful technique. Learn the basic strokes needed to play correctly.

Basic Tambourine Strokes
01:16

Learn how to develop both your tambourine speed and dynamic range.

3 Kinds of Louder / Faster Tambourine Playing
02:40

Learn how to play the tambourine shake roll.

Tambourine Shake Roll
03:02

Learn how to produce and perfect a tambourine finger roll.

Tambourine Finger Roll
04:53

Let's combine our various tambourine techniques into this single etude.

Etude 1.1 - The Tambourine
01:48

Let's repeat this exercise at a slightly faster tempo.

Etude 1.2 - The Tambourine
00:41

Learn how to properly hold a triangle.

Triangle Playing Position
02:05

Learn how and where to play the triangle to produce a softer tone.

Soft Triangle Playing
01:56

Learn how to muffle the triangle to produce a unique tone.

Muffling the Triangle
01:47

Learn how to produce various rolls on the triangle.

Preview 01:42

Let's combine the various techniques we've learned in this section into a single etude.

Etude 2.1 - The Triangle
00:47

Let's discuss some issues you may be facing with both your tambourine and triangle playing and how to remedy them.

Troubleshooting
01:47
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Woodblock and Castanets
7 Lectures 10:15

Welcome to the woodblock and castanet portion of MusicProfessor's Beginning Percussion course. Here, we'll introduce the various topics being introduced in this section, including playing position and technique.

Introduction
00:17

Learn how to correctly hold and play a woodblock.

Woodblock Playing Position
03:30

Let's learn an etude that combines various woodblock techniques.

Etude 1.1 - The Woodblock
00:51

Learn how to support and play the castanets.

Castanets Playing Position
01:26

Learn how to produce various types of castanet rolls.

Castanet Rolls
01:34

Let's apply the various castanet techniques we've learned to this etude.

Etude 2.1 - The Castanets
01:01

Learn about the contents of Matt's stick bag and what he considers essential to get started.

What's in Your Stick Bag?
01:36
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Mallets - Meet the Marimba
10 Lectures 18:26

Welcome to the mallet portion of MusicProfessor's Beginning Percussion curriculum. Here, we'll introduce the various topics being covered in this section, including an overview of the marimba and how to properly grip mallets.

Introduction
00:22

Here's a brief introduction to our mallet course and the marimba self.

Meet the Marimba
01:23

Learn about the history of the marimba.

A Brief History of the Marimba
01:33

Learn about the few, though important parts of the marimba.

Parts of the Marimba
06:12

Learn about different types of mallets and how they relate to each mallet instrument.

Mallets
00:56

Let's begin discussing how to properly grip the mallet.

Mallet Grip, part 1
02:21

Let's continue our discussion of mallet grip.

Mallet Grip, part 2
02:52

Here are a few pointers for music teachers who want to get their students up and running on mallet instruments.

Dr. C's Tips for Band Directors
01:41

Here are a few pointers for beginning percussionists on how to get started with practice.

Dr. C's Tips for Percussionists
00:48

Let's quickly recap everything we've covered in this section.

Review
00:18
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