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Five Minute Drill

Daily/FUN Classroom Routines for Percussion
Level: Easy
Pages: 48
Release Date: 2013
Product ID : TSPB-22
Price: $16.00
Item #: TSPB-22

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Description

Ever wonder what to do with the bored percussionists in your classroom while you're working fundamentals with the wind players? 

FIVE MINUTE DRILL is the answer to this dilemma! Written by band directors Ralph Hicks and Eric Rath, this unique book+CD play-along package is geared for band directors as well as students—both in AND out of the classroom. It's loaded with the essential percussion exercises young students need in order to build lasting foundations with their rudiments, stickings, dynamics, major scales, and chromatic scales. Shorter breakdown exercises build up to form full sequences that take about five minutes a day. While your wind players are working long tones and lip slurs at the beginning of class, your percussion students can set up their practice pads or keyboards, pick an exercise, hit play on an MP3 player, and away they go! They'll be readier than ever when it's time to get into the music. 

The accompanying CD-ROM contains nearly 100 entertaining audio tracks at a variety of tempos that will motivate students to listen and play along with as they practice at home or play in the classroom. The practice pad play-along tracks are custom-tailored to fit the technique being addressed, and the major scale keyboard tracks are presented in 3 fun, tempo-based styles—disco, samba, and DJ FMD! Also included on the CD are printable data tracking tools so teachers and students can track and follow their daily/weekly progress both in AND out of the classroom.

FIVE MINUTE DRILL: A brand new way to bring young percussionists beyond the back of the room!

Also available: 5 and 10-pack student bundles! Gain extra value by purchasing a student bundle pack in order to be sure every student has his/her own legal copy. Simply select from one of the discounted options above.

 

Need more?

NINE MINUTE DRILL is the followup to Five Minute Drill focusing on intermediate exercises. Both packages make perfect companions to Rath/Hicks' popular collection BEYOND BASIC PERCUSSION - ten easy/med-easy percussion ensembles focusing on primary challenges of the beginning percussion section.

TEACHERS IN THE TRENCHES

Eric Rath and Ralph Hicks are both educators and deal with common issues band directors face with their percussion students every day. If you'd like to correspond with them to share ideas or ask questions, they've generously made themselves available via email. Click here to email them!

Reviews

This is a daily exercise package designed in response to scenarios where class time band warm-ups leave percussionists with marginally beneficial busy work or impatiently waiting. The text is intended primarily for classroom use, but the materials may be taken home for individual practice. The application of this proposed routine necessitates a second director, percussion specialist, or strong and responsible student leader, along with an additional rehearsal space, practice pads, and keyboard instruments. This does not augment an existing wind warm-up but is a percussion-only exercise package for group or individual use.

Following the introductory text materials, there are two primary divisions of this book: the first for practice pads and the second for keyboard percussion instruments. An accompanying CD includes play-along tracks for each exercise at three different tempos, as well as printable practice-data-tracking pdf documents. The practice pad exercises resemble typical easy to intermediate drumline exercises addressing such concepts as legato stroke motion, single and double strokes, rhythmic timing, flams, and rolls. After introducing and independently working each of the five individual exercises, they are assembled into a 5-6 minute sequence that becomes the “daily drill.”

The keyboard portion consists of an identical one-page set of major scale exercises for each key signature. On each page is a diagram of how the scale looks on a keyboard along with the scale and arpeggio written out with four notes, two notes, and one note per pitch, ascending and descending. The one-note-per-pitch exercises are sequenced at the end of the section to create the “daily drill.” There is also a brief presentation of chromatic scale exercises in C and F major.

Because of the fairly intuitive nature of the exercises, the user is essentially paying for the play-along tracks and packaging of this collection. Unfortunately, the accompanying tracks harken back to 1980s synthesizer sounds and fall short of the performance quality in most new play-along drumset and percussion methods. The exercise materials are appropriate for middle-school players, but not as comprehensive or flexible as other existing methods or customized percussion or full-ensemble exercises.

–Josh Gottry
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 51, No. 5, September 2013

System Requirements

CD-ROM requires a Mac or PC computer with a CD-Rom drive.

Description

Ever wonder what to do with the bored percussionists in your classroom while you're working fundamentals with the wind players? 

FIVE MINUTE DRILL is the answer to this dilemma! Written by band directors Ralph Hicks and Eric Rath, this unique book+CD play-along package is geared for band directors as well as students—both in AND out of the classroom. It's loaded with the essential percussion exercises young students need in order to build lasting foundations with their rudiments, stickings, dynamics, major scales, and chromatic scales. Shorter breakdown exercises build up to form full sequences that take about five minutes a day. While your wind players are working long tones and lip slurs at the beginning of class, your percussion students can set up their practice pads or keyboards, pick an exercise, hit play on an MP3 player, and away they go! They'll be readier than ever when it's time to get into the music. 

The accompanying CD-ROM contains nearly 100 entertaining audio tracks at a variety of tempos that will motivate students to listen and play along with as they practice at home or play in the classroom. The practice pad play-along tracks are custom-tailored to fit the technique being addressed, and the major scale keyboard tracks are presented in 3 fun, tempo-based styles—disco, samba, and DJ FMD! Also included on the CD are printable data tracking tools so teachers and students can track and follow their daily/weekly progress both in AND out of the classroom.

FIVE MINUTE DRILL: A brand new way to bring young percussionists beyond the back of the room!

Also available: 5 and 10-pack student bundles! Gain extra value by purchasing a student bundle pack in order to be sure every student has his/her own legal copy. Simply select from one of the discounted options above.

 

Need more?

NINE MINUTE DRILL is the followup to Five Minute Drill focusing on intermediate exercises. Both packages make perfect companions to Rath/Hicks' popular collection BEYOND BASIC PERCUSSION - ten easy/med-easy percussion ensembles focusing on primary challenges of the beginning percussion section.

TEACHERS IN THE TRENCHES

Eric Rath and Ralph Hicks are both educators and deal with common issues band directors face with their percussion students every day. If you'd like to correspond with them to share ideas or ask questions, they've generously made themselves available via email. Click here to email them!

Reviews

This is a daily exercise package designed in response to scenarios where class time band warm-ups leave percussionists with marginally beneficial busy work or impatiently waiting. The text is intended primarily for classroom use, but the materials may be taken home for individual practice. The application of this proposed routine necessitates a second director, percussion specialist, or strong and responsible student leader, along with an additional rehearsal space, practice pads, and keyboard instruments. This does not augment an existing wind warm-up but is a percussion-only exercise package for group or individual use.

Following the introductory text materials, there are two primary divisions of this book: the first for practice pads and the second for keyboard percussion instruments. An accompanying CD includes play-along tracks for each exercise at three different tempos, as well as printable practice-data-tracking pdf documents. The practice pad exercises resemble typical easy to intermediate drumline exercises addressing such concepts as legato stroke motion, single and double strokes, rhythmic timing, flams, and rolls. After introducing and independently working each of the five individual exercises, they are assembled into a 5-6 minute sequence that becomes the “daily drill.”

The keyboard portion consists of an identical one-page set of major scale exercises for each key signature. On each page is a diagram of how the scale looks on a keyboard along with the scale and arpeggio written out with four notes, two notes, and one note per pitch, ascending and descending. The one-note-per-pitch exercises are sequenced at the end of the section to create the “daily drill.” There is also a brief presentation of chromatic scale exercises in C and F major.

Because of the fairly intuitive nature of the exercises, the user is essentially paying for the play-along tracks and packaging of this collection. Unfortunately, the accompanying tracks harken back to 1980s synthesizer sounds and fall short of the performance quality in most new play-along drumset and percussion methods. The exercise materials are appropriate for middle-school players, but not as comprehensive or flexible as other existing methods or customized percussion or full-ensemble exercises.

–Josh Gottry
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 51, No. 5, September 2013

System Requirements

CD-ROM requires a Mac or PC computer with a CD-Rom drive.


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