Monday, November 12, 2012

T.P. Blog Lesson #8- Something A Little Different...

It is that time once again!!! Today's lesson is a little different (Correction, this is Lesson #8, not 7 as I said in the video!). We are discussing music programs in schools and the state of the American Symphony Orchestra.

Enjoy the conversation, and as always, feel free to leave your comments! A super HUGE thank you to Katie Ammann of The Music School of Roanoke Rapids and Marilee Teasley from MSU for dropping by and making this hangout a reality!!!!

If you want more information about specific orchestras and the current situation, check out the OrchestraPlayers website on Facebook.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

T.P. Blog- Lesson #7- Thompson Double Traditional Grip?

WOW!!!! It has been incredibly too long since my last lesson!  So much has happened in the past year...  Let me take a hot second to fill you in!

After the last post, The Music School Of Roanoke Rapids had an amazing inaugural summer!  I am so fortunate to have been asked to be involved there.  After a crazy trip back to Indianapolis, I began my push to finish my masters at Butler.  I ended up participating in so much amazing music there and finished with an amazingly fun recital! (if you want to catch the live-stream recording... you can here!!!)

After graduation, I got a job with Apple and moved to Chicago! YEAH ILLINOIS!!!  Life is super exciting right now, and I wanted to try and devote more time to the blog.  So, without further a due, here is a video shot while finishing up at Butler and is mostly a parody... Or is it???  I want to thank a very special guest for this episode (all the way from Canada) for lending his expertise and insight on the technique that he single handedly developed... on the spot.  So, thank you Francois (aka Brendan) for demonstrating the amazingly useful Thompson Double Traditional Grip!  Don't forget to work on those ETT's!!!  Enjoy!

Monday, June 13, 2011

T.P. Blog- Lesson #6- Starting Your Own Private Studio

This summer, I am teaching at The Music School of Roanoke Rapids, in Roanoke Rapids, NC! This lesson is a little different in that the topic is not anything specific to percussion, but rather dealing with starting your own private music studio. I will show you around the Music School and show you what we have created here.

I also got a chance to interview the owner, Katie Ammann. If you have any more questions about opening up your own studio or about what is going on with the Music School, please post in the comments section! The website for the Music School is

Thanks for tuning in!

Friday, January 7, 2011

T.P. Blog- Lesson 5- Toys in the Orchestral Percussion Section

Today, we discuss some accessories in the orchestral percussion section, specifically: finger cymbals, triangle, and castanets. There are many different techniques to play these instruments, and I am going to detail the ones that work for me.

I would love to hear your comments about the lesson, and if you have any suggestions about what you would like me to cover next! Thanks for tuning in!

(I apologize for some of the sound distorting in a few places!)

Monday, December 20, 2010

T.P. Blog- Lesson #4- Crash Cymbal Basics

Today I discuss my crash philosophy and detail the "Coda" from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on the lesson.

I also would love to hear if you have experienced any situations where the conductor has asked you to do something "out-of-the-ordinary" or requested you to play a part differently than you had prepared? I would love to hear your thoughts about these situations, because they happen all too often! What was requested of you? How did you react? Was this a valid musical suggestion, or was it outlandishly CRAZY??

I think in the end, we are just the performers. The "big picture" is larger than, say you or me as individuals. It is our job as performers to do what we are told, especially on the spot. Then, I believe you have the right to question the maestro in private, and/or make a different suggestion. Nothing should be questioned during a rehearsal, especially in front of the ensemble! You need to find a happy medium of being professional, yet not being pushed around.

As always, thank you for watching! And I encourage you to leave comments here or at

Have a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday!