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Spring 2022 MECA, Summer 2021 MECA, Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Online

Percussion for the Non-Percussionist: World Instruments

Date

June 6-July 31, 2022

Course Code

7182

Credits

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition

$1,065, due in full with registration

Overview

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 buckets, 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. 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.

Requirements

Chat Session

Chat dates will be determined through class survey during first week of class - one chat will occur about 1/3 through the course and one about 2/3 through the course, however, the professor will record them and they will not be counted against a students grade if they cannot attend.

Prerequisites

None

Required Text(s)

Required text “Priscilla Plays Percussion” by Zach Himelhoch and Dan Formidoni
-print version can be purchased from Priscillaplayspercussion.com, Interactive electronic version from F-flat books.

Software/Hardware Requirements

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. 

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.

More information about Schoology can be found at www.schoology.com

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

Instructor

zachary himelhoch

Zachary Himelhoch

Based in Nashville, TN, Zachary Himelhoch (MMEd ’16) is a world percussionist with specialization in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Caribbean styles. He 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. Prior to earning his master’s degree from VanderCook, Himelhoch earned his bachelor’s degree in instrumental performance from Columbia College Chicago. 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. In addition, he currently develops and teaches world percussion curriculum at the high school and middle school levels in Nashville Public Schools. Himelhoch 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 by providing culture and music education to underserved learners throughout the Chicago area. ZJH Percussion recently expanded to serve the greater Nashville area.
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