In Percussion Pedagogy, author Michael Udow offers a practical guide for students interested in teaching percussion as well as improving their technique. Udow first introduces the bouncing ball system, a technical analogy that teaches students to resist the effects of inertia. Throughout the book, the bouncing ball analogy develops into a core performance principle based on integrated motions resulting in refined tone quality and meaningful musicianship. The book applies this principle to several instruments including snare drum, timpani, marimba, vibraphone, multiple-percussion, tambourine and triangle, bass drum, cymbals, tam-tams, and a variety of Western concert and world percussion repertoire. In particular, Udow addresses the importance of coupling stroke types with stickings to set the foundation for precise rhythmic playing and expressive musicality. Chapters also focus on integrated rhythms, breath, and pulsed rhythms, anatomy and physiological health, psychological health, purposeful listening, and the importance of singing when practicing. Offering solutions to common performance problems, the book's many examples serve as a paradigm for future problem solving. A comprehensive companion website complements Udow's teachings with a wealth of video tutorials and listening examples.
Michael Udow has created the definitive percussion pedagogy text. Its material is timeless, providing a unique and invaluable resource for teachers as well as performers. * Thomas Siwe, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign *
Profound, intellectual, insightful, and appropriate for a giant step into the pathways of superior teaching. Udow compares the knowledge of several expert teachers and composers, then confirms it with videos to provide an indepth look at the subject. * John H. Beck, Professor Emeritus of Percussion, Eastman School of Music *
Udow has created a magnum opus with this book that is destined to become one of the most significant contributions to percussion pedagogy. Drawing from his twenty-nine years as Professor of Percussion at the University of Michigan and his extensive teaching in master classes, residencies, and lessons around the world, Udow's Percussion Pedagogy models one of my favorite remarks made by Leonard Bernstein: 'When I teach I learn, when I learn I teach.' Students
of Percussion Pedagogy are in for a remarkable journey as Udow takes them through twentyone chapters with hundreds of video teaching and performing examples. * Gary Cook, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona, and Artist-in-Residence, University of Nevada, Las Vegas *