Marching percussion arrangements for the enhancement of essential performance skills
AuthorBuyer, Paul Lorin
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe intent of this study is to examine a wide variety of marching percussion arrangements and to evaluate the extent to which these arrangements foster the development of essential performance skills, specifically timing, reading, technique, and musicianship. My evaluation will be based on five original criteria derived from the pedagogical literature, selected repertoire, and my personal teaching experience. These criteria can be used to evaluate the overall quality and musicality of these arrangements and assure that the development of essential performance skills is addressed in the marching percussion ensemble. Arrangements for beginning, intermediate, and advanced ensembles will be evaluated. This study will not present a method on marching percussion techniques and will not deal in depth with the front sideline pit ensemble. It will focus on the percussion battery arrangements and to what extent they facilitate the development of essential performance skills. The critical need for this study is demonstrated by the excessive number of published marching percussion arrangements that do not properly address the development of essential performance skills, nor meet the stated criteria. Students who experience music performance through these arrangements experience learning that is counterproductive and are deprived of powerful, meaningful, and stimulating musical experiences. It is my hope that this document will make a valuable contribution to the profession by strongly developing an awareness of quality marching percussion arrangements, as well as promoting through this awareness more quality marching percussion arrangements based on the criteria. Further advocacy of the criteria and essential performance skills will be achieved by presenting clinics, raising awareness in college percussion method courses, publishing articles, web page dialogues, and publishing companies hiring better arrangers.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Music and Dance