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.

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