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Percussion for the Non-Percussionist: Mallets, Timpani & Accessories

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Fall 2018 Information

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Registration for all fall online courses closes on September 7, 2018 at
12:00 p.m. CDT.
Fall online courses begin September 17, 2018 and conclude on December 9, 2018.
Tuition Promotion Schedule:
August 3 – August 28, 2018: $995 (includes $25 savings)
August 29 – December 9, 2018: $1,020 (full tuition)
Promotional pricing applies only for tuition paid in full and excludes single credit courses and Band Instrument Repair.
 
The cost per-credit for the 2018-2019 acedemic year is $340.
*Band Instrument Repair is excluded from this cost schedule
 
 

Tired of your percussionists having “pitch anxiety” or not knowing the importance of a quality cymbal crash? This edition of Percussion for the Non-Percussionist will focus on the performance and pedagogy of percussion keyboard instruments and timpani as well as accessories. Detailed instruction on performance techniques and how to fit these areas into your percussion curriculum will be covered. Join us to help you create a valuable, well-rounded percussion experience for your students.

 

Instructor: James Yakas

Yakas,_Jim_headshot_2015_CROPDirector of Percussion Studies James Yakas joined VanderCook in 2015, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in percussion performance from the University of North Texas, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in music education. After earning his master’s degree in percussion performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University, he spent 12 summers in the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, eventually becoming their percussion coordinator and arranger in 2003. Yakas has performed at festivals in Trinidad/Tobago and Seoul, South Korea. He studied Afro-Cuban drumming with Orlando Cotto, and accompanied ethnomusicologist Dr. Steven Friedson for tribal drumming studies in Ghana. Yakas endorses Yamaha Percussion, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Remo Drumheads and World Percussion Instruments, and Sabian Cymbals. Currently he is vice president of the Illinois PAS chapter.

 
 
 

Percussion for the Non-Percussionist: Mallets, Timpani & Accessories

Course Information

Instructor: James Yakas
1 Graduate Credit
Tuition: $340, due in full at registration    
Course Code: 6118
Dates: November 10-11, 2018
 
Location: VanderCook College of Music, 3140 S. Federal St. Chicago, IL
Room: 130
 
Prerequisites: None
 
Required text(s): VanderCook will provide all text(s).
 
If you have access stick/mallet bag please bring that with you the weekend of the course.
 
WEEKEND MECA COURSE INFORMATION
Saturday classes are generally held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch break are scheduled.
 
Sunday classes are generally held from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with one 15-minute break scheduled. Individual schedules and break times may vary per individual instructor.
 
Parking
MECA participants may park in Visitor Lot B5 on IIT's Main Campus. 
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VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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