Reflections Over the past few months, I’ve done as much as I can to improve a particular aspect of my percussion abilities: drum set. While furiously writing my doctoral document, I was also doing my best to perfect basic drum set grooves. It had been the first time since high school I had lessons solely … More My Ongoing Drum Set Journey, Pt. 1
Throughout my musical studies, I’ve had many professors tell me, “Record!” I’d record full practice sessions of monotonous excerpts. At the end of a long practice session, I’d record run-throughs of pieces. Every practicum and student teaching moment was regretfully reviewed and carefully examined for improvement. Every conducting session was over-analyzed to make sure I … More Be your own teacher: How to use Audio/Video Technology in the Practice Room
I am a percussion teacher. When students, parents, and fellow teachers meet me for the first time, this is all I should have to say. But when most people talk to me, these are the characteristics they notice first: I’m female. I’m a minority. I’m short. Yes, the above traits are superficial. But, they are … More On being a percussion teacher
It’s marching band season again, and I’ve had the pleasure of working at band camp for the past two weeks. This means that I subjected my drumline and front ensemble students to some of the most disciplined chop-out routines and intense rehearsal sessions. My students learned quickly that I am strict when it comes to … More The metronome does not lie.
I am happy to announce that I have graduated from Michigan State University with my Doctor of Musical Arts degree. I am so thankful for all my colleagues, professors, friends, and family who have helped me along the way. While my studies as a college student are complete, the adventures are only beginning. Though, I … More Doctoral Degree Completed!
Come listen to the MSUSO perform Mahler’s 3rd Symphony. We’ve worked long and hard analyzing, interpreting, and playing the work. Come out to Wharton Center at 8pm this Saturday, February 7th. If you can’t make it live, click the link below to watch the livestream: http://new.livestream.com/musicmsu/symphorch272015/images/74505476
I’m very excited to announce the new addition to my musical family– Soul. Matt Kazmierski of Planet Marimba specializes in crafting beautiful custom instruments. Soul is, without a doubt, one of his masterpieces. First off, Matt chose superb rosewood bars that he’s been collecting for 12 years. This marimba features an extra octave (in the xylophone range), … More Meet my new marimba, Soul!
The MSU percussion studio is going to Tampa next week for the McCormick Marimba Festival! There are lots of great performers lined up, including our professor, Gwen Dease! The MSU percussion ensemble will be performing at 11am on January 31st. I’ll be performing alongside many wonderful marimbists, including MSU’s very own Zuri Wells and Kevin … More 2015 McCormick Marimba Festival
That’s right. I’ve updated everything. I’m finishing my last year of the Doctor of Musical Arts program. I’ve got a new look. I’ve gained new experiences and skills. And now, it’s time for a new website. You may have noticed some new photos on my website. East Lansing photographer, Cathy Ellis, did a wonderful job … More New Look! New Vibe! New Site!
When: November 5th at 7:30pm Where: Fairchild Theater What: Lots of new music, new instruments (including glass marimbas), a transcription, people playing marimba backwards, and other typical but atypical percussion stuff!