Looking to learn more about how to help your drum set students grow and develop their skills? This course will help you develop a broad vocabulary of styles including swing, bossa nova, samba, Afro-Cuban, rock and funk; new ways to communicate musical ideas to drum set players; and a working knowledge of expert drummers to reference within your daily teaching practice. Individual and group playing will be heavily featured, arming you with basic grooves and fills that you can model for students immediately this fall. You’ll also learn tips and tricks for taking care of your gear at school, and the heads, sticks, brushes and mallets that will round out your and your students’ stick bags for every situation. While activities and objectives are geared toward non-percussionists, those with prior experience playing drum set will also benefit from this hands-on course.

Electronic and acoustic drum sets will be provided for this class. Students should bring a pair of sticks, brushes and vibraphone mallets as well as studio headphones, and a throne.

Instructor: Bret Kuhn 

Kuhn,_Bret_headshot_2013Bret Kuhn is a graduate of Northeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors degree where he studied percussion with Dan Peterson.

Bret served as Caption Head and Percussion Arranger for the World Champion Cavaliers who won 6 World Championships and 5 High Percussion Awards during his tenure. He also consulted with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps 2006-2008. In 2010 he served as Program Coordinator for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently consulting with Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Bret is the percussion coordinator for the Prospect High School music program and is also adjunct faculty at Northern Illinois University as well as Vandercook College of Music.

Bret is currently very active as an arranger for various high school and universities through out the US and Japan. To name a few BOA finalists they would include former percussion arranger for LD Bell High School(2006-2009) and Broken Arrow High School 2012. He also arranges for Northern Illinois University and The Aimachi Marching Band and Indoor Drumline from Nagoya, Japan.

Bret has written articles for publication in Percussive Notes Magazine and served on the Board of Directors for the Percussive Arts Society from 2005-2012. Bret is also a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP. He travels extensively presenting clinics across the United States, Japan and Europe for Yamaha, Zildjian, Remo and Innovative Percussion.

 


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