Year Awarded: 2006
College of Arts and Humanities
Although the music discipline is inherently individualistic, a high standard of proficiency for all students is what university training represents. Percussion as a medium has the additional challenge of including thousands of instruments. Diversity of subject matter while finding common concepts is the center of the percussion experience at the university. In continuing to improve my teaching, working to increase quality and efficiency, I looked to my peers and our accreditation agencies for guidance and inspiration.
The training for percussionists is divided into two parts: private lessons and ensemble experience. I maintain four ensembles to prepare students for the diversity of music they will encounter in their careers. In addition, I oversee the percussion instructor of the Marching Knights Drum Line, organizing and teaching the section for performances and sometimes composing the music. I utilize WebCT and made my Percussion Techniques, Percussion Literature, and Percussion Pedagogy courses Web Enhanced.
As a model for students, I balance performance experience, scholarly work, professional presentations, and working with the industry in product development. I have given numerous recitals on campus, nationally, in Europe, and in Asia. I authored several articles on innovative ways to teach percussion concepts and published several musical compositions and arrangements. In addition, I am a contributing author to Teaching Percussion, the premier textbook on percussion pedagogy. I have designed three snare drum stick and seven keyboard mallet models with Pro-Mark Incorporated, and the lines are distributed internationally.