World Percussion Methods & Techniques

 

 

World percussion is quickly becoming an integral part of any well-rounded music education program. Whether you’re utilizing authentic instruments, Remo tubano drums or bucket drums, this course arms you with a practical toolkit for incorporating world rhythms into your classroom. Essential rhythms from West Africa, Cuba, Brazil and the Caribbean will be introduced alongside drum circle facilitation methods and proper hand drumming techniques. Exercises for developing the skills necessary for successful world percussion performance will also be covered, including playing syncopated rhythms, listening while playing, and having a group play multiple rhythms simultaneously. The drum circle facilitation unit will provide teachers with fun rhythm games and activities to help foster student-led performance experiences. Over the course of the semester, students will write a short world percussion arrangement, develop lesson plans and assessments on the topics presented, and participate in weekly discussions on topics pertinent to world percussion pedagogy. This course is perfect for anyone from the beginner just delving into world percussion to the advanced instructor looking to expand their technical and rhythmic palette.

 

Instructor: Zachary Himelhoch

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Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Zachary Himelhoch is a world-percussionist with specialization in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean styles. Zachary has performed with numerous artists including Andy Narell, Chance the Rapper, Lenny Castro, Etienne Charles, The Cool Kids, Daru Jones, Mark Walker and Dave Garfield at events throughout the country including The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Lollapalooza, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival Benefit Concert, Windsor Jazz Festival, and the Syracuse Jazz Festival.
 
Zachary received his Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Performance from Columbia College Chicago and his Masters in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. He has taught clinics and master classes in percussion at a number of venues including the Jim Lee Fine Arts Camp, Columbia College Chicago, Holly Middle School, and Mott Community College. Zachary currently develops and teaches world percussion curriculum at the high school and middle school levels in Nashville Public Schools.
 
Zachary owns and operates ZJH Percussion, a company providing instructional programs, presentations, and private tutoring in all aspects of world percussion. ZJH Percussion, in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago’s Community Arts Partnership and the Music Institute of Chicago, served Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Parks District for over four years through the provision of culture and music education to underprivileged learners through the Chicago area. ZJH Percussion now serves the greater Nashville area.
 
SPRING ONLINE COURSE DETAILS
 
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology (www.schoology.com). Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.
 
Classes this spring term officially begin on Monday, February 4, 2019. The week prior to the Spring 2019 term start date, we will be adding you as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from noreply@schoology.com or wfong@vandercook.edu with log-in instructions between January 28th and February 3rd. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of February 4th, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.
 
Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.
 
You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!
 
Courses are scheduled for 13 weeks, with one week (March 18-24, 2019) being a designated week off for Spring Break. The Spring Online Term ends Sunday, May 5, 2019.
 
 

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