Year of Publication

2015

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

College

Fine Arts

Department

Music

First Advisor

Professor James Campbell

Abstract

Method books are an integral part of the percussion pedagogy. Because of the vast number of instruments a modern percussionist is expected to play, they often look for progressive, concise, and effective resources that can make learning such a variety of instruments more efficient. Instructional books currently exist for many areas of percussion performance, including snare drum, mallet percussion, timpani, World music, accessories, and marching percussion. Included in these books are information and procedures on music reading, rhythm studies, listening skills, part preparation, and technical approach. Focusing on timpani methods specifically, many of these books include tuning and pedaling exercises and etudes. However, their pedagogies for the execution of such difficult procedures are superficial and focus primarily on technical prowess. Timpani are the only Western pitched instruments a percussionist is required to tune, which proves intimidating for many players. Moreover, the aural and technical demands of the contemporary timpanist are ever-increasing with the technical demands found in modern composition. This dissertation will address the skills and techniques for tuning and pedaling timpani ignored by current method books and provide the timpanist with a process through a systematic set of etudes with audio accompaniment tracks. The goals of this method are to target the specific set of skills needed by the timpanist for accurate and effective timpani tuning in a modern ensemble setting.

Tuning_Etude_5.mp3 (2397 kB)
Tuning Etude #5 w/ Timpani

Tuning_Etude_6.mp3 (2099 kB)
Tuning Etude #6 w/ Timpani

Tuning_Etude_7.mp3 (1975 kB)
Tuning Etude #7 w/ Timpani

Tuning_Etude_8.mp3 (1877 kB)
Tuning Etude #8 w/ Timpani

Tuning_Etude_9.mp3 (1440 kB)
Tuning Etude #9 w/ Timpani

Tuning_Etude_10.mp3 (2992 kB)
Tuning Etude #10 w/ Timpani

Tuning_Etude_11.mp3 (1547 kB)
Tuning Etude #11 w/ Timpani

Tuning_Etude_12.mp3 (4036 kB)
Tuning Etude #12 w/ Timpani

Tuning_Etude_13.mp3 (1544 kB)
Tuning Etude #13 w/ Timpani

Tuning_Etude_14.mp3 (2774 kB)
Tuning Etude #14 w/ Timpani

Tuning_Etude_15.mp3 (1204 kB)
Tuning Etude #15 w/ Timpani

Tuning_Etude_16.mp3 (3287 kB)
Tuning Etude #16 w/ Timpani

Pedaling_Etude_5.mp3 (2446 kB)
Pedaling Etude #5 w/ Timpani

Pedaling_Etude_6.mp3 (2018 kB)
Pedaling Etude #6 w/ Timpani

Pedaling_Etude_7.mp3 (2008 kB)
Pedaling Etude #7 w/ Timpani

Pedaling_Etude_8.mp3 (1880 kB)
Pedaling Etude #8 w/ Timpani

Pedaling_Etude_9.mp3 (1440 kB)
Pedaling Etude #9 w/ Timpani

Pedaling_Etude_10.mp3 (2992 kB)
Pedaling Etude #10 w/ Timpani

Pedaling_Etude_11.mp3 (1555 kB)
Pedaling Etude #11 w/ Timpani

Pedaling_Etude_12.mp3 (4036 kB)
Pedaling Etude #12 w/ Timpani

Pedaling_Etude_13.mp3 (1543 kB)
Pedaling Etude #13 w/ Timpani

Pedaling_Etude_14.mp3 (2615 kB)
Pedaling Etude #14 w/ Timpani

Pedaling_Etude_15.mp3 (1190 kB)
Pedaling Etude #15 w/ Timpani

Pedaling_Etude_16.mp3 (3364 kB)
Pedaling Etude #16 w/ Timpani

No_timp_Etude_No5.mp3 (2348 kB)
Tuning Etude #5 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Etude_No6.mp3 (2099 kB)
Tuning Etude #6 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Etude_No7.mp3 (1975 kB)
Tuning Etude #7 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Etude_No8.mp3 (1763 kB)
Tuning Etude #8 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Etude_No9.mp3 (1440 kB)
Tuning Etude #9 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Etude_No10.mp3 (2992 kB)
Tuning Etude #10 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Etude_No11.mp3 (1670 kB)
Tuning Etude #11 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Etude_No12.mp3 (4036 kB)
Tuning Etude #12 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Etude_No13.mp3 (1544 kB)
Tuning Etude #13 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Etude_No14.mp3 (2774 kB)
Tuning Etude #14 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Etude_No15.mp3 (1283 kB)
Tuning Etude #15 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Etude_No16.mp3 (3359 kB)
Tuning Etude #16 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Pedaling No5.mp3 (2446 kB)
Pedaling Etude #5 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Pedaling_No6.mp3 (2018 kB)
Pedaling Etude #6 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Pedaling_No7.mp3 (2008 kB)
Pedaling Etude #7 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Pedaling_No8.mp3 (1880 kB)
Pedaling Etude #8 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Pedaling_No9.mp3 (1440 kB)
Pedaling Etude #9 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Pedaling_No10.mp3 (2992 kB)
Pedaling Etude #10 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Pedaling_No11.mp3 (1555 kB)
Pedaling Etude #11 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Pedaling_No12.mp3 (4036 kB)
Pedaling Etude #12 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Pedaling_No13.mp3 (1543 kB)
Pedaling Etude #13 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Pedaling_No14.mp3 (2774 kB)
Pedaling Etude #14 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Pedaling_No15.mp3 (1190 kB)
Pedaling Etude #15 w/o Timpani

No_timp_Pedaling_No16.mp3 (3364 kB)
Pedaling Etude #16 w/o Timpani

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