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Percussion For The Non-Percussionist: Snare Drum

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Registration for all spring courses begins November  21, 2017.
On-campus weekend courses are held Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., unless otherwise indicated.
3-Credit Tuition Promotions:
November 20- December 25, 2018 $970
December 26- Jan 15, 2018 $995
January 16- End of Registration for Online Courses $1,020
1-Credit Tuition
$340 (No Promotional Pricing)
Need to brush up on those snare skills? This course offers in-depth methods of teaching snare drum from day one, with a focus on transferable skills that can organically create a foundation for well-rounded percussionists. A detailed sequence will be provided to give you the skills you need to start your percussionists on on the right foot (or stick).


Jim Yakas joins VanderCook College of Music as Assistant Professor of Percussion. Most recently, he was a full-time Instructor of Percussion at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he was also Assistant Director and Percussion Coordinator of the UT Arlington Marching Band. Jim is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of North Texas, and a M.M. in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from Northern Illinois University.
Jim’s diversity in percussion education and performance has led him to many unique opportunities. He spent a total of 12 summers in drum corps activity spanning from performing as a snare drummer with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps to being a staff member and arranger to eventually becoming their Percussion Coordinator in 2003. Jim is also an active performer on the steel drum, having traveled to Trinidad/Tobago and Korea as a member of the prestigious Northern Illinois Steel Band. He also has studied hand percussion with Michael Spiro and Orlando Cotto.
Jim has been a clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, Texas Music Educator's Association Convention as well as many Percussive Arts Society State Conventions. He is an active Yamaha Artist/Endorser as well as a Vic Firth Stick and Mallet endorser. Jim also endorses Sabian Cymbals and Remo Drumheads.

Percussion For The Non-percussionist: Snare Drum

Instructor: Jim Yakas
1-Credit Tuition: $340
Course Code: 6018
Dates: March 24-25
Location: VanderCook College of Music (3140 S Federal St. Chicago, Il 60616)
Room: Room 130
Required text(s):
VanderCook will provide all text(s).

VanderCook College of Music

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

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