All Things Percussion
Percussion is the use of any instrument that produces sound by shaking, tapping, rubbing or other maneuvers. While it is often used in conjunction with other instruments or music to provide a background or rhythm, percussion is musically successful all on its own. Many different items exist that are classified as percussion, which are further categorized into several groups. Percussion societies and organizations exist to foster the development of skills and techniques to continually improve in competence in this musical area.
- Percussion Index: A brief description of six different types of percussion items.
- The Percussion: A list and description of various percussion instruments with a link to hear the sound of each.
- Percussion Instruments: Brief introduction to three different percussion instruments: the xylophone, the marimba, and the dulcimer.
- The Bass Drum: A history and description of the bass drum with a sound byte to hear its tone.
- Percussion: History and description of several percussion instruments with links providing further commentary.
Percussion instruments are further divided into several categories. Some percussion items, such as bells or a xylophone, carry tones and are considered tuned percussion. Other items, such as drums, are called untuned items. Percussion may also be further classified into areas such as their historical or cultural background. For example, castanets are considered Latin percussion, while the fumbo has an African origin.
- Percussion Instruments: A list of various percussion instruments according to their classification. The site also offers a sound byte of each to hear its tone.
- How to Play Drums: The first steps of learning and then improving upon playing the drums.
- Drum Tips: Several tips about improving techniques when playing the drums.
- Add Tips: Many tips for drummers, from better playing techniques to practical advice.
- More Drum Tips: Twenty different ideas to improve performance on the drum set.
- Shekere Playing: The fundamentals of playing an auxiliary instrument, the shekere.
Percussion Studies and Programs
- Northern Illinois University: The percussion program for graduate and undergraduate students at the College of Visual and Performing Arts School of Music.
- Furman University: A program providing several music majors and a percussion program that specializes in performance or music study.
- Manhattan School of Music: Developing skills to apply to any musical setting and teaching professional competence in percussion music.
- NYU Steinhardt: Providing a percussion performance education at the Department of Music and Performing Arts.
- Towson University: Many performance opportunities and comprehensive study for future musicians and teachers.
- Oberlin Conservatory: Instruction with individualized attention and focus on percussion performance.
- Music for All: Bands of America and percussion ensembles performing in several events.
- Music Media: An international festival in Opole, Poland, providing percussion ensembles and performances since 1988.
Associations and Societies