6th Grade Percussion information
Congratulations! You have made it into the percussion class! ..... now what?
What will my 6th grade percussionist need to have for class and practice?
Do we need to purchase a reduced size marimba/xylophone or an actual snare drum?
How is the 6th grade percussion class structured?
We start the percussionists on the snare pad for roughly the first half of the school year. This allows for students to work on technique and proper stroke without having to the additional hassle of hunting for specific notes (like on bells). Once the students have had a chance to practice their technique, we switch to mallets (bells, marimba, xylophone), and then onto many of the other auxillary percussion instruments (i.e. triangle, tambourine, cymbals, bass drum, etc. etc. etc)Can I use the school percussion instead of lugging the practice kit back and forth?
All the 6th grade percussion students get to meet in a like-instrument class (we don't meet as a band until 7th grade and up). We all learn snare drums at the same time, then we all learn bells at the same time. Because of this, the school does not have enough instruments during the 6th grade year to allow for students to use school-owned percussion. HOWEVER, from 7th grade and up, the percussion kit should stay home to be used as a practice tool. After 6th grade, the percussion music will be primarily band music, and thus students will be assigned many different percussion instruments for every concert, which means the school will have plenty of instruments to use at school, and students will not need to bring their practice kits after 6th grade.
How often should the percussion items be brought to school?
The method book (music book), Stick Bag, Bell Kit (with snare pad), and pencil should be brought to school on the days the percussion class meets. Once you have received your schedule, be sure to keep track of which day it is, (a 1-Day or a 2-Day), and bring the necessary items to school on the morning of the same day the class is held. Even us teachers have difficulty at times trying to remember which day it is! Be sure to check the main (front) page of the EGR Middle School website, where you can find the calendar which keeps track of which day it is. egrms.egrps.org
My locker is too small to fit all of this stuff! Where can I put the bell/snare kit?
Many of these bell kits / practice pads look the same, how will I know which one is mine?
We will provide name tags free of charge on the first day of percussion class. We also recommend writing down the serial numbers of the bell kit / snare pad and any other helpful means to identify which items are yours.
What's the difference between being a Percussionist and a Drummer?
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