Arts Academy Boarding School: Percussion Major

Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers student percussionists a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level.

Percussion students are required to have basic skills on snare drum, mallet percussion, timpani, and accessory percussion.  Drum set is also encouraged. Percussion majors receive one full period lesson each week and are required to play in Band/Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble. 

The following serves as an outline of materials and playing techniques studied in private lessons and studio classes and is individualized to the needs and goals of each student.

The percussion major requirements include:

Private Lesson and Studio

The following serves as an outline of materials and playing techniques studied in private lessons and studio classes and is individualized to the needs and goals of each student.

Snare Drum:
Rudimental and orchestral styles and techniques.  Methods include: Cirone Portraits in Rhythm; Whaley Musical Studies for the Intermediate Snare Drummer; Delecluse Twelve Etudes; Goldenburg Modern School for Snare Drum; Whaley Rhythmic Patterrs of Contemporary Music; Pratt 14 Modern Contest Solos; Stone Stick Control; Reed Syncopation.

Mallet:
Two and four mallet literature; Whaley Fundamental Studies for Mallets; Bach 6 Sonatas and Partitas; Green Instruction Course for Xylophone; McMillan Masterpieces for Marimba; Stevens Method of Movement.

Timpani:
Orchestral repertoire; Tuning; Hochrainer Etudes for Timpani Book 1 and 2; Goodman Modern Method for Timpani; Firth The Solo Timpanist; Goldenburg Classic Overtures for Timpani; Hinger Vol. 1 Beethoven Symphonies.

Accessories:
Including proper playing techniques for cymbals, triangle, tambourine, bass drum, and tam tam.

Drum Set:
John Riley books; transcriptions; Hand-outs as developed by the teacher; all styles.

Faculty

John Alfieri

Instructor of Percussion / Conductor of Percussion Ensemble, Interlochen Arts Academy
Faculty, Drumset, Interlochen Percussion Institute

M.M, Eastman School of Music; B.M., State University of New York at Fredonia

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