Many students participate in performing ensembles, but few of them will have careers as musicians. As educators we must provide a takeaway that is more meaningful than just developing performance-based skills. This article presents ideas on how to do this.
Are your percussionists playing parts that provide a meaningful, educational experience? A lot of music written for young ensembles contains well-written wind or string parts, but doesn't offer much for the percussionists. This article explains some common problems and offers solutions on how to give young percussionists what they deserve.