Musicians Movement Blue Springs
Career Music Educators Serving School Musicians, Music Directors and Driven Performers
Specializing in Performance Driven, Technology Based Music Instruction

Percussion Lab I- designed for “first time” players interested in drum set and or the public school band they attend.  This elective is an excellent choice as a “jump start” to any student interested in participating in public school percussive arts and drum lines.  Learners will develop basic music reading skills and basic music theory with an emphasis in rhythm. Percussionists will begin study on the snare drum learning fundamental hand position and “sticking patterns”.  This will include mastery of the 5 primary stroke types required for all percussionists, drum set players, and mallet keyboardists to be guaranteed success, and will pave the way for mastery of the 40 rudiments (a snare drummer’s equivalence of scales) that will be required in Percussion Lab II and public school percussion studies. They will also begin their mallet keyboard and scale studies during this course of study, which will place interested candidates at an advantage to meet the requirements for entry into the local school band percussion section. The lab comes equipped with the latest software aids designed to reinforce these basic concepts through entertaining age/skill appropriate activities.  Learners are supplied with full size 3 octave or larger marimbas, and Yamaha snare drums to learn and perform on. Certain activities and projects will promote students to work together.  Lab I participants will be encouraged but not required to participate in recital.  No pre-requisites required.

 Percussion Lab II - for the intense school percussionist, these learners examine hybrid rudimental snare drum studies and are required to memorize the 40 standard percussive arts society rudiments.  Accuracy and speed are emphasized and hard-pressed during this challenging phase of study.  These learners are also required to memorize 2 octave scales in all major and minor keys, and become familiar with standard percussion repertoire while developing superior sight reading skills.  Students begin 4 mallet and timpani studies as well.  Of greater value is that these participants begin to understand and “feel” the importance of musical concepts such as phrasing, articulation, and solid time. The lab comes equipped with the latest software aids designed to reinforce advanced skills through entertaining age/skill appropriate activities.  Learners are supplied with full size 3 octave or larger marimbas, and Yamaha snare drums to learn and perform on. Certain activities and projects will promote students to work together.  Lab II participants will be required to participate in recital and public performance.  Pre-requisites include Percussion Lab I and or Piano Lab I, or equivalent demonstration.

 Drum Set Lab - designed for those with varied drum set objectives, all participants initially study varied drum set styles of playing. These include rock, funk, swing, shuffle, bop, bossa nova, samba, and other latin forms which will dramatically improve time keeping and independence between the four limbs.  Drills and exercises to increase independence will be a primary focus of drum set players.  Drum students will also become familiar with role of the drummer in varied settings.  After this initial stage of training, students will be assessed and begin a more intense curriculum modified to meet the personal long term goals of each student. The lab comes equipped with the latest software aids designed to reinforce advanced skills through entertaining age/skill appropriate activities.  Learners are supplied with 5 piece Yamaha Custom drum kits to learn and perform on. Certain activities and projects will promote students to work together.  Drum Set Lab participants will be required to participate in recital and public performance.  Pre-requisites include Percussion Lab I and or II (depending on student objectives), or former equivalent study.