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Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


World Percussion Methods and Techniques


July 25-July 29, 2022

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3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


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.


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Zachary Himelhoch

Zachary Himelhoch is a music educator, performer, producer, author, and clinician based in Chicago, Illinois. In all of his work, Zachary aims to build community and connect people through music. Zachary is an adjunct faculty member in the MECA program at VanderCook College of Music and regularly consults for Quaver Music. Zachary created and directed The DrumHeadz, a multi-school world percussion program in Metro Nashville Public Schools. As a performer, Zachary has worked with a wide range of artists, including Chance the Rapper, Andy Narell, Etienne Charles, The Cool Kids, The O’My’s, Daru Jones, and more.

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