Percussion Pedagogy

ISBN : 9780190902957

Michael Udow
584 Pages
216 x 279 mm
Pub date
Aug 2019
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In Percussion Pedagogy, author Michael Udow offers a practical guide for students interested in teaching percussion as well as improving their technique. Udow first introduces the bouncing ball system, a technical analogy that teaches students to resist the effects of inertia. Throughout the book, the bouncing ball analogy develops into a core performance principle based on integrated motions resulting in refined tone quality and meaningful musicianship. The book applies this principle to several instruments including snare drum, timpani, marimba, vibraphone, multiple-percussion, tambourine and triangle, bass drum, cymbals, tam-tams, and a variety of Western concert and world percussion repertoire. In particular, Udow addresses the importance of coupling stroke types with stickings to set the foundation for precise rhythmic playing and expressive musicality. Chapters also focus on integrated rhythms, breath, and pulsed rhythms, anatomy and physiological health, psychological health, purposeful listening, and the importance of singing when practicing. Offering solutions to common performance problems, the book's many examples serve as a paradigm for future problem solving. A comprehensive companion website complements Udow's teachings with a wealth of video tutorials and listening examples.


Gary Cook
Chapter 1 Flowing Strokes, Follow the Bouncing Ball
Chapter 2 The Grip, To Grip or to Gripe, that is the Question
Chapter 3 Stickings and Stroke-Types, Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water
Chapter 4 The Art of Phrasing, Sing, Sing, Sing!
Chapter 5 Purposeful Listening, Listen, Listen, Listen!
Chapter 6 Integrated Rhythms, The Prequel
Chapter 7 Embellishments, Back to Basics
Chapter 8 Teaching Duple Subdivisions, What's Up?
Chapter 9 Rhythm, Who Could Ask for Anything More?
Chapter 10 Integrated Rhythms , I'm All a Quiver!
Chapter 11 Breath Rhythms, A Breath of Fresh Air
Chapter 12 Timpani, The I's, Y's and Beyond
Chapter 13 Mallet-Keyboard, Move over Elephant, there's an Octapus in the Room
Chapter 14 Triangle and Tambourine, Turkish Cooking in the Kitchen
Chapter 15 Bass Drum, Cymbals, Tam tams, and Gongs, Asian and Turkish Delights
Chapter 16 Multiple Percussion, An Integrated System of Form and Function
Chapter 17 Drumset, Oh Say, Can you See...Hear...Play!
with Robert Breithaupt
Chapter 18 Marching Percussion, Not Just on Saturdays
with Dennis DeLucia
Chapter 19 Language, Speech, and Notation, The Gryphan and The Mock Turtle
Chapter 20 Anatomy and Physiological Health, Constant Comment
Chapter 21 Psychological Health, Ohm, by Georg e Concluding Remarks
Historical Timeline

About the author: 

Michael Udow has served as Principal Percussionist (1968-2009) in The Santa Fe Opera and as Professor of Music at the University of Michigan (1982-2011). He was the 2014-15 Composer-in-Residence with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra.

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