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  • Rudiments for Maintaining Percussion Chops While School is Out

    Mike Lawson | April 30, 2020

    When your percussionists are out of school, teachers may be wondering how they can help students keep up their chops when there is no face-to-face guidance. The best solution in times like these is to encourage your students to focus on the basics. For drummers, this would be rudiments and exercises. If your percussionists do not have a drum at home, a practice pad will work just fine.

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  • Practicing Percussion During the “Apocalypse”

    Mike Lawson | March 27, 2020

    How do students keep up their practice of percussion when the grocery store shelves are empty of food and essential bathroom items? I can definitely give advice for the percussion part of that question.

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  • The Top 10 Ways to Teach Your Student to Successfully Survive a Road Gig

    Mike Lawson | March 3, 2020

    As your students’ progress into the real world, there are many challenges regarding concerts on the road.

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  • The Proper Way to Prepare a Solo

    Mike Lawson | February 6, 2020

    When it comes to preparing a work for solo contest or an audition, it is easy for your students to feel overwhelmed, especially if the work is extremely difficult.

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  • How to Teach Jazz Improvisation on Mallets

    Mike Lawson | January 10, 2020

    Jazz improvisation on mallets is perhaps the most under-emphasized skill in both high school and college academia.

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  • Triplet Stick Control and Timing for Your Students

    Mike Lawson | December 5, 2019

    There are many different approaches that percussion teachers use to teach drumstick control. I am going to present a very simplistic approach to teaching this concept.

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  • Ney Rosauro’s “Concerto for Marimba”

    Mike Lawson | November 1, 2019

    This concerto contains a lively presentation of Brazilian rhythms and beautiful South American melodies. It has become a staple for percussion repertoire at the university level worldwide spanning over two decades.

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  • Road Trip? How to Protect and Care for a Marimba

    Mike Lawson | October 3, 2019

    The marimba is one of the most challenging instruments to transport; the pieces have awkward shapes, and it is a tough instrument and a fragile instrument all in one.

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  • Mallet Tips for Back to School

    Mike Lawson | August 29, 2019

    It is time for school again, and there is no better way for your students to start the year than with great marimba and vibe mallets.

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  • Teach Your Students to Plan for Real World Performances

    Mike Lawson | August 2, 2019

    There are many factors to consider when performing a live concert. Proper preparation and planning ahead can make a huge difference whether the concerts are successful or not.

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  • Seven Lucky Ways Your Students (and You!) Can Deal with Burnout

    Mike Lawson | July 5, 2019

    It is very easy for a percussionist, or any instrumentalist for that matter, to experience burnout at times. In our school systems, there are so many responsibilities placed on students, as well as so many activities.

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  • 6 Ways Your Students Can Plan a Career in Percussion

    Mike Lawson | June 6, 2019

    The world of percussion is so different than other band instruments. There is so much variety and so many different career paths if your students want to become a professional performer.

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