Hi everyone,

With the transition to ZOOM video lessons, I am no longer able to write down notes and musical material in the students’ books/binders. Instead, I have created PDF documents for each of you and dropped them into a Google Drive folder. The link to your documents is listed in the What to practice heading under your name below. You should be able to access the documents simply by clicking on the link. Here are your practice assignments for this week:


Recommended minutes to practice: 5-10 minutes per day

What to practice: Review the page on sixteenth notes and take a look at the new coordination exercises: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jaROP8emrq7yGkV13Mt_Js4NVtEz-sCl?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: For the sixteenth notes, be sure that you can count the rhythm out loud before you play it. This will help to improve accuracy and consistency. With the coordination exercises, remember that the bass drum is always on the bottom, the snare drum is always in the middle, and the cymbal is always on top. Also, the cymbal is always marked with an X. Focus on keeping a steady speed when you play these exercises.


Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes per day

What to practice: Practice from the beginning up to measure 37 of “7 Nation Army”: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SCS8WVjfR1OZVlYmt8a1r2LTxo2NJOpN?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Focus first on learning each different section individually. Try to sing the melody of the song in your head as you play. This will help especially with the quarter note triplets in the chorus. Then work on the transitions between sections, especially the transition in to and out of measures 25 and 26. Listen to the song a few times to hear how this section fits into the music.


Recommended minutes to practice: 20-30 minutes per day

What to practice: Work on the page of accent patterns that I showed you this week: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GxopIaGPN0UhwG3zk4gQWTnEaDDL7TWP?usp=sharing

How to practice it most effectively: Remember that the accented notes should be played loud and the rest of the notes should be played very softly. This is all controlled by how high you lift the stick above the drum before you play each note. In order to keep the non-accented notes soft, you have to keep the sticks low to the drum. Also, try to match the volume of each hand both with the accented notes and with the non-accented notes. Next week we will work on applying these patterns around the drums.