Educational Foundations and teaching strategies in the development of materials for band class percussion instruction
Bueckert, Darrell John
The purpose of this study was to develop an approach to teaching percussion in the school band setting which is efficient and effective in meeting the musical and technical demands of contemporary wind and percussion literature. The need for such a study arises from the limitations of time and resources for the school instrumental teacher, and from the apparent lack of pedagogical agreement among many existing methods for teaching percussion. It is proposed that the best approach to developing such materials is to identify an appropriate process by which the content and strategies for teaching may be determined. Through the study of existing instructional methods, representative compositions for the wind and percussion instruments, and authorities in educational design and psychology, a set of educational foundations and principles for teaching percussion were formed. Methods and strategies for teaching percussion in the school band class setting were then formulated from suggestions arising out of the investigation for this study.