This course is geared toward the abilities and development of the less experienced percussionist. However, experienced percussionists are encouraged to enroll in this class due to the in-depth study of history and performance technique on all of the major percussion instruments. If enrollment space allows, non-percussion students may also enroll with consent of instructor. Course material will build upon basic skills and musical concepts and establish goals for advancement into one of the three instrumental ensembles. Units for this class include basic rudiments/technique, study of the history and performance of all the concert percussion instruments, marching percussion, jazz, and world percussion. Students enrolled in the course will have the opportunity to participate in Concert Band rehearsals and will also perform with Concert Band on scheduled concerts. Extracurricular opportunities available to Percussion Methods students include jazz band, “pit” orchestra/band, chamber ensembles, and various music festivals and events. Students enrolled in Percussion Methods will not participate in Marching Band unless they are also enrolled in one of the top two instrumental ensembles. All incoming freshmen percussionists who do not choose to audition for one of the top two instrumental ensembles will be placed in Concert Band or Percussion Methods based upon an audition and/or consent of instructor.