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Modern Percussion Education

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Drum Set and Percussion Classes - Spring 2017

MUS 264 F (CRN 21646)- Percussion Ensemble
MW 9:25-10;50am

Pre-requisite: Audition. Contact mcook@fullcoll.edu for more information and to schedule!
This course explores the rehearsal and public performance of standard percussion ensemble literature. This is where you use the tools and techniques you've learned in classes or lessons and apply them to making art with other musicians. We will give a performance in May 2016 and possibly travel across Southern California to various festivals.

MUSA 170F - Intro to Percussion For Non-Majors
2 sections offered. M 3:15-5:20pm (CRN 22731) or W 1:00-3:05pm (CRN 22732)

This course is considered the ground level and most essential component of our program. You will establish a good sense of time keeping, musicality, and technique. The course is also an introduction to the family of percussion instruments including drum set, snare drum, hand percussion, mallet percussion, orchestral percussion. 

MUSA 172F (CRN 24537)  - Intermediate Percussion
W 3:15pm-5:20pm

Prerequisite: MUSA 170 F with a grade of "C" or better or successful audition
This course covers the techniques needed to perform percussion instruments such as snare drum, hand-percussion, mallet percussion, orchestral percussion, and drum set at a professional level. This is typically offered as a continuation from the "Intermediate" class offered in the fall and it is assumed you know how to play various styles on drum set, play your scales on mallet instruments, and know all of your rudiments.

MUSA 171F - Intro to Drum Set
T 12:45-2:50pm

Prerequisite: MUSA 172 F with a grade of "C" or better or successful audition
This course covers the techniques needed to perform percussion instruments such as snare drum, hand-percussion, mallet percussion, orchestral percussion, and drum set at a professional level. This is typically offered as a continuation from the "Intermediate" class offered in the fall and it is assumed you know how to play various styles on drum set, play your scales on mallet instruments, and know all of your rudiments.

Prerequisite: MUSA 170F with a grade of "C" or better, or successful audition
This course teaches the fundamentals of popular drum set techniques including: Jazz, Rock, Latin, and Pop drumming styles through lecture, demonstration, text, audio and video recordings and class participation. It is most common to take this course after completing MUSA 170F because you will need to read music quickly (not just by ear!) and be very comfortable playing with a metronome. 

MUSA 173F (CRN 24024) - Intermediate Percussion: Drum Set
T 10:30-12:35pm

Prerequisite: MUSA 171F with a grade of "C" or better or successful audition
This course is a continuation of MUSA 173F and teaches popular drum set techniques including: Jazz, Rock, Latin, and Pop drumming styles through lecture, demonstration, text, audio and video recordings and class participation. This coures is best suited to students with both drum set experience and intermediate reading skills.

MUSA 270F (22733)- Advanced Percussion I
W 3:15-5:20pm

Prerequisite: MUSA 172 F with a grade of "C" or better or successful audition
This course covers the techniques needed to perform percussion instruments such as snare drum, hand-percussion, mallet percussion, orchestral percussion, and drum set at a professional level. This is typically offered as a continuation from the "Intermediate" class offered in the fall and it is assumed you know how to play various styles on drum set, play your scales on mallet instruments, and know all of your rudiments.

MUSA 271F (CRN 23297) - Advanced Percussion II
Drum Set: T 10:30-12:35pm

Prerequisite: MUSA 173 F with a grade of "C" or better or Audition establishing elementary sight reading skills.
This course teaches advanced drum set techniques that apply to popular music styles including: Jazz, Rock, Latin, Pop and their many subcategories, through lecture, demonstration, method text, audio and video recordings and class participation. This course is a continuation of the "Advanced" classes offered in the Fall. If you consider yourself advanced but have not taken percussion classes at FC, enroll in 270F.

 

 

Fullerton College is the oldest community college in California.

August 2015

In the percussion program at Fullerton College, we believe in giving our students the opportunity to experience a multi-focused and complete percussion education. We cover drum set, hand percussion, and electronic percussion alongside mallet and classical studies.

Typically students graduate and continue their studies in higher education, but some students choose to join the creative workforce upon graduation. Each student chooses their own goal, and we help design a path to keep them accountable and excited about their art. 

The Fullerton College Music Department is one of the finest community college music programs in the state of California. We have over 800 music majors and offer 80 classes in music appreciation, music history, music theory, applied music, commercial music, piano pedagogy, and sound recording. Most students participate in one or more of the 25 performance groups. When measured against the enrollments of all other music programs in California, the Fullerton College Music Department ranks an amazing #1.

 

PHONE

(678) 467-9189

 

LOCATION

321 E. Chapman Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

 

EMAIL

mcook@fullcoll.edu

mattjohnson@verizon.net

Percussion Faculty at Fullerton College

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Matt Cook is a GRAMMY® Award winning percussionist based in Los Angeles, CA. He is known for his work with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, the experimental classical ensemble WildUP, and microtonal band PARTCH. He is also involved in projects ranging from folk rock music to jazz and international ensembles. Matt’s work is often heard on studio and film recordings but is often seen in performance at major concert halls and venues across the country.

As an educator, Matt has been a featured clinician and performer at several universities including Stanford, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California. He also presents at events like the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention and the American Composers Jazz Institute. He has experience consulting and designing curriculum for university students and k-12 programs with success securing them scholarships to major conservatories and Honor bands across the country. His virtual percussion course can be taken on www.MusicProfessor.com where he takes students through all of the basic aspects of percussion and rhythm.  Please visit www.matthewhcook.com for more info.

Matt Johnson Lynch Tour

Considered one of Southern California's most versatile drummers, The Los Angeles Times proclaimed Matt Johnson “a hurricane on sticks!”

Best known for his jazz stylings, Johnson is equally versed in all forms of pop drumming and has performed with a range of entertainers from singers Julie Andrews and Andy Williams to Surf-rock pioneers Jan and Dean to big band legends Billy May and Les Brown.  Most recently, Johnson has been the driving-force behind the Atomic-Age lounge ensemble, the Jet Set Quintet and contemporary organ trio, 2+1B3, and currently tours with singer, actor and American icon, James Darren and actress/comedienne, Jane Lynch (Glee, 40 Year Old Virgin).  

 Modern Drummer Magazine said Johnson possesses “captivating technique and creativity."  But his talents don’t lie in performance alone.  He is also a gifted teacher who, since 1993, has worked to inspire the next generation of young drummers as part of the music faculty of Fullerton College www.fullcoll.edu and the Idyllwild Arts Academy’s Summer Jazz Camp www.idyllwildarts.org.  He is also an artist/clinician for Mapex Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Aquarian Drumheads, Roland USA and the current Industry Representative for the California Alliance for Jazz.  www.DrummerMattJohnson.com

 

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Jordan Curcuruto is a percussionist specializing in contemporary solo and chamber percussion music, speaking percussion, world music, and popular music. She enjoys collaborating with composers on new pieces and within the last few years has participated in several premieres, including Bryan Jeff’s Contactual Constellations at the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the west coast premieres of John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit (Ojai Music Festival) and Elliot Cole’s AMEN (Northwest Percussion Festival), and most recently Michael Gordon’s Natural History at Crater Lake in celebration of the Nation Park Service Centennial with the Britt Festival Orchestra. Jordan has also performed with the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Left Edge Percussion, and as a guest percussionist with the Orange County Youth Symphony at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

In 2015 Jordan was selected to perform a solo concert at the inaugural Transplanted Roots International Percussion Symposium in Montreal. She is a three-time alumnus of the nief-norf summer festival and is presenting a new, self-composed solo work at the 2017 New Music Gathering. Jordan can be heard on the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensembles’ CD, Electric Rebel Poetry, and on the Innova label release, 30, by Stanford University composer Mark Applebaum. Jordan earned her Bachelor of Music at Chapman University with Nick Terry and Justin DeHart, and her Masters of Music Performance at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University with Terry Longshore. Currently, Jordan teaches at Fullerton College and freelances across Los Angeles, California. 

Ensemble Opportunities for Percussionists at FC

Having abundant performing opportunities is a unique advantage of studying in a collegiate environment. Through ensemble playing you will not only experience a platform to practice performance skills, but you will also network with other future colleagues. You will learn how to thrive in a team environment, and create meaningful art at a high level! These ensembles are audition based to find the right fit for each student. Contact mattjohnson@verizon.net or mcook@fullcoll.edu for more information on auditions and enrollment.

  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Big Band
  • Lab Jazz Band
  • Cabana Boys
  • Jazz Combo I, II, and III
  • Vocal Jazz I, II
  • Electronic Music Ensemble
  • Concert Band
  • Fullerton Symphony
  • Symphonic Winds

Instruments

Instruments availability during in college is essential. It is unusual to expect a young percussionist to own thousands of dollars in percussion gear while entering their first year of school; this takes a lifetime worth of collecting. Because of this, attending a school that gives you unlimited access to dozens of instruments is a must-have" for your growth. Fullerton College Percussion Majors have access to the following:

Drumsets

  1. Yamaha drumset

  2. 3 Mapex drumsets

  3. Pearl drumset

  4. PDP Drumset

 

Large Orchestral Instruments

  1. 4 Yamaha timpani (in practice room)

  2. 4 Adams timpani

  3. 4 Ludwig Timpani

  4. 2 Pearl Symphonic bass drums 

  5. 4 sets of concert chimes

  6. Yamaha Snare Drum

  7. Black Swamp Orchestral Snare Drum

  8. Pearl Piccolo SD

  9. 2 Ludwig Aluminum Concert Snare Drums

  10. 6 Pearl Concert Toms

  11. 2 Tam tams

 

Auxiliary Instruments

  1. 2 Black Swamp Log Drums
  2. 3 Cowbells
  3. 7 woodblocks

  4. Finger Cymbals

  5. Metal Plate

  6. sandpaper blocks

  7. 2 triangles

  8. 2 Pop tambourines

  9. 2 classical Tambourines (blackswamp)

  10. Claves

  11. 4 pairs maracas

  12. 2 tube shakers

  13. castanets

  14. sleigh bells

  15. Windchimes

  16. bell tree

  17. cabasa

  18. brake drum

  19. ratchet

  20. temple blocks

  21. 3 tube shakers

  22. 16 buckets

  23. 6 trash cans

Mallet Instruments

  1. Two 4 octave Deagan marimbas
  2. 5 Oct Kori Marimba

  3. 4.6 Majestic Marimba

  4. Two Musser Rosewood Xylos

  5. Musser Kelon Xylo

  6. Musser Vibraphone

  7. Musser vibraphone

  8. 2 Yamaha Glockenspiel

  9. Deagan Glock

 

Electronic Percussion

  1. 12 Roland Kits

  2. Roland Handsonic

 

African Drums

  1. Achemiwu

  2. 2 djundjun

  3. 3 Kidi, Sogo, Kagan

  4. 5 gonkogui

  5. axasi

  6. 5 Djembes

 

Latin

  1. 6 pair LP congas

  2. Matador timbales

  3. 2 Surdos

  4. Bongos

  5. 4 agogo bells

  6. 2 cajons

  7. 4 tambourim

  8. 3 pandeiros

  9. Cuica

  10. 2 ganza

  11. hepineke drum (brazil)

  12. 2 Guiros

 

General World Percussion

  1. 16" frame drums

  2. 14" frame drum

  3. Lion's Roar

  4. Steel Drums

    1. One set of doubles

    2. One Tenor Pan

 

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Facilities

Access to a studio to develop your craft is essential for ANY artist. As a percussionist, noise and space are serious considerations. At Fullerton College, the percussionists have a place to practice, schedule rehearsals, and make professional quality recordings. In addition to numerous practice rooms, there are several large ensemble rehearsal spaces and our one-of-a-kind Roland Digital Drum set Lab.

About the LAB:

In the fall of 2011, the Fullerton College music department installed a state-of-the-art Digital Drum Set Lab that revolutionized the way drum set and percussion techniques are taught at the school.  The sophisticated lab features Roland TD-9K2 V-Drum equipment and is only the second of its kind in the nation.

The twelve-station lab utilizes a two way communication network that allows the instructor to lecture and demonstrate to the entire class or select individuals. This allows each student to progress at their own pace and improve their skills more quickly. The facility is used as both classroom and practice lab, illustrating Fullerton College’s commitment to providing its students with the most cutting-edge digital technology available today.  

All-State & SCSBOA Audition Workshop • Oct. 2nd • 8am-1pm

 

 

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Location

Fullerton College Performing Arts Building

Room 1110

 

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