Whether you are a college percussion methods instructor, a band or orchestra director or a private percussion lesson teacher, we've made this resource a valuable "HANDS-OFF" teaching resource! The information for all of the instruments is presented in a series of videos which cover all the fundamentals, so student can watch on their own. Here are some recommendations for implementing this in your curriculum:
On each instrument "module", there is a STUDY GUIDE that students can download. This study guide will keep them on-task by asking simple questions on information that was included in the video (in sequential order). Simply assign an instrument to the student (giving him or her the appropriate link on our website), hand them a printed study guide, then collect the study guide as proof that they watched the videos!
At the end of each list of videos there is an embedded ONLINE TEST that can be administered through any web browser. The study guide questions are shuffled, and multiple choice answers are provided. At the end of the test, the student will be given a number grade with a copy of his or her completed test explaining all the correct answers.
If the student passed with a 70% or above, a "CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT"
You can use as little or as much of the program as you see fit. Especially if you are in a situation where you aren't a percussionist or you have students in no position to take private lessons, this is a must see.
If I had only one complaint about this site it would be its pandering to Vic Firth; as a band director, I'd like more diversity. But hey, someone has to pay the bills. Regardless, it's a perfect "free" site to help those who are in need of a headstart in the right direction of percussion success.
- Octavio Cedeño