We will work with the drum section at your school on the fine points of percussion. Your section will receive hands-on instruction in tone production, stick & mallet selection, dynamics, proper technique, and tuning for: snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, triangle, tambourine, and claves. Additionally,we present clinics on keyboard percussion (xylophone, bells, vibes, marimba, and chimes), timpani, congas & bongos, and Jazz band drumming (with your full Jazz band or rhythm section).
Play skillfully....For schools with faith-based curricula, we offer comprehensive workshops in praise & worship band drumming. Home Schooled? Use us for your music education resource!
We provide staff development for your school district too. During these in-service sessions with your colleagues, we cover the clinic information listed above, plus...we address inventory issues, maintenance, set-up, tuning, product selection, and percussion pedagogy. Classes are hands-on and demonstrated using your department's own instruments. Our workshops will save your department time and money and are an absolute must for any college, high school, or middle school... A convenient choice for teacher in-service days.
At all sessions, we bring percussion manufacturers' handouts, literature, written exercises, freebies, and give-aways.
We also offer private one-on-one sessions for music educators in our studios. Some of Our Clients...
Oakland Unified School District New Haven Unified School District, Union City
Moreau Catholic High School, Hayward
Fremont Unified School District
Castro Valley Unified School District San Leandro Unified School District Patten Christian Schools, Oakland Alameda Unified School District Bishop O'Dowd Catholic High School, Oakland Jefferson Unified School District, Daly City Piedmont Unified School District Association of Christian Schools International South San Francisco Unified School District Redwood Christian Schools, San Lorenzo San Ramon Unified School District Cupertino Union School District
Carlmont High School, Belmont
Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco CMEA, Bay Section Overfelt High School, San Jose
"...practical and well explained"
"...Cary keeps it educational, simple, and funny!"
"....his skill as a presenter is excellent. He was able to cover much material in a short period of time." Comments from seminar participants, Association of Christian Schools International convention, Sacramento, California
"Your clinic was of special value for those of us in the business who know so little about tuning and controlling the sound of these instruments! Your practical solutions to problems band directors face on a daily basis were appreciated by everyone in the audience." Don Gunderson, Special Projects Coordinator, California Band Directors Association.
"[you] nailed this session. Thank you !" Craig Bryant, Special Rep, Band, Bay Section, CMEA.
Conga clinic @ Bishop O'Dowd H.S. Oakland
As you will see Mr. Randolph (Music Director, Bishop Odowd Catholic High School, Oakland) and I did this vid for you to help with your warmups and essential rudiments in one take with no editing. Early on in the roll portion, I mentioned "matched" grip. What I didn't mention was "Traditional" grip. Matched is when you are holding both sticks in the same manner with thumbs to the side and palms down. Throughout most of the demonstration, I am holding my sticks (Leggiero model by Vic Firth) in the older Traditional manner with my left palm mostly up but at an angle, with the stick resting on my ring finger (between the 1st & 2nd knuckle), while the 1st and 2nd fingers are on top and lightly bearing down for balance. Enjoy!
Workshops for Professionals
Cary presenting percussion workshop to music educators at the Winter Conference of the CMEA Bay Section at Chabot College
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