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Percussion for the Non-Percussionist: Hand Drumming 101

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Sept. 21 through Dec. 13, 2020,
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Percussion for the
Non-Percussionist:
Hand Drumming 101

ONLINE
September 21December 13, 2020

This course is designed to help all music educators learn the techniques and rhythms associated with several of the primary hand drums utilized in the music classroom. We will explore conga (Cuba), bongo (Cuba), djembe (West Africa) and timbau (Brazil). We will also discuss the Remo tubano drum and how it can be utilized as a versatile hand drum to represent many of these traditional instruments. Students will leave this course with an understanding of strong overall understanding of the tenets of hand drumming technique as well as the specific techniques necessary to achieve the characteristic sounds out of the the conga, bongo, djembe, timbau and tubao. Students will also explore traditional, non-traditional and modern rhythmic applications for these instruments.

Instructor: Zachary Himelhoch

portfolio-decisions-7Based 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.
 

Course Details

Percussion for the
Non-Percussionist:
Hand Drumming 101

Course Code TBD

Instructor
Zachary Himelhoch

3 Graduate Credits

Tuition
$1,065, due in full with registration

Online Chat Sessions
TBD 

Prerequisites
None

Required Text(s)
None

Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required.

MECA Online Course Details
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology (www.schoology.com). Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.

Fall 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Sept. 21. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of Sept. 21, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

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.

You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!

Online grades will be reported by mid-October. If you are in need of a transcript please visit the online transcript request page. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

 

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