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Hi :)

I want to ask two questions regarding percussion instruments used in orchestra.

1. What are kind of practices to improve the skills of playing percussion instruments?
2. What are the functions of percussion instruments in orchestra, or any other events?

This is for my school project work. I hope you can help. Thanks!

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Percussionists must be training in a variety of areas play. This includes snare drum, drumset, timpani, and keyboard percussion instruments. This also includes what are called batterie or accessory percussion; bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle, etc. To learn these skills takes many years of practice and study with a professional. Most orchestral percussionists have studied and practiced 2-3 hours a day for at least 10 years. The top performers play and practice 20 hours per week or more!

The function of percussion in the orchestra is unlimited. It can be to add rhythmic background, to add accents and intensity, to add harmonic support as in the use of timpani, or to add unique sounds that are not available on other instruments.

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James Moyer

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Anything in percussion or drums. Macintosh computers or music software

Experience

30 years of professional playing and 25 years of teaching at all levels in percussion and drums. I taught middle school, high school and college students since 1978. I used to work for Apple. I know the computer line and operating system at expert level and teach music technology at my college.

Organizations
American Federation of Musicians Percussive Arts Society Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Pi Kappa Lambda Phi Kapp Phi

Publications
Percussive Noites School Band amd Orchestra Author of Four Mallet Method for Marimba - Studio 4 Productions 3 guitar transcriptions for marimba available at Steve Weiss Music

Education/Credentials
Bach. Music Ed. - Susquehanna University Master of Music - University of Oklahoma Doctor of Musical Arts - University of Oklahoma Associate Professor of Music - Millikin University 1986-98 and Lafayette College 2004-present.

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