Audition Etudes

An important part of helping your students grow as musicians is knowing where they currently stand. Holding Class Placement Auditions can help you get a handle on exactly that. By evaluating student’s performance of the same etudes you should be able to group them into those displaying basic, intermediate, and advanced skills.

These Audition Etudes focus on three primary areas of percussion: Concert Percussion, Marimba, and Timpani.

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The Concert Percussion Audition Etude provides an opportunity to evaluate students performing on a variety of commonly used percussion instruments: Suspended Cymbal, Triangle, Tambourine, Hand Cymbals, Concert Bass Drum, and Snare Drum.

This Marimba Audition Etude  samples a variety of skill sets: basic four mallet technique, performing arpeggios, diatonic and chromatic scales.

The students should be evaluated on how they tune the instruments before they perform the Timpani Audition Etude .

Feel free to download and use to help audition your percussionists!

 

2017 Recap

I’m happy to report another exciting year in the world of byHerndon!

  • All The Trees Clap Their Hands  was premiered by the Milton High School Indoor Drumline and received a shout out from Chad Floyd who composed “Summer Treehouse” which was featured in the show as source music.

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  • The Tipping Point (performed by the Milton High School Marching Band) was selected as a BOA Powder Springs 3rd Place Finalist
  • I had three new pieces published by Tapspace:
  • Toboggan was performed by the Creekland Middle School Percussion Ensemble at the University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival

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  • Begin Transmission was performed by the Vandegrift High School Percussion Ensemble at the Midwest Clinic

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I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who has shared my work with your students and audiences this year and the happiest of New Years to everyone.

Looking forward to 2018!

Toboggan From Above

Continuing a five-year tradition, the 9th Grade Percussion class worked up Toboggan after the Fall Concert to perform at the Winter Concert.

They only had a week to do this! It’s a good example of how “easier” pieces can be appropriate for more advanced ensembles if the timeframe is short.

I was able to catch it from the catwalk in the auditorium.

Enjoy!