MUSIC 3P03 PERCUSSION METHODS
Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014
Instructor: Prof. John Brownell
Office: Togo Salmon Hall NULL
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23884
Office Hours: Office hours by appointment
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Other Course Information
This course surveys fundamental performance techniques for the percussion
instruments found in Western orchestral music: the snare drum, timpani,
keyboard percussion instruments (xylophone, glockenspiel, marimba, and
vibraphone), bass drum, cymbals, small accessory instruments, drumset, and
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
Method of Assessment:
Evaluation will be based on the following criteria:
Snare drum test 25%
Midterm take-home exam 20%
Final take-home exam 25%
Concert review 10%
The concert review is a short, newspaper review length (approximately 800
words) report on any performance that features a preponderance of percussion
(typically a percussion ensemble concert but any “percussion-intensive”
performance will suffice – see me if you are not sure).
After one week, late assignments will not be accepted, except in the case of a
In addition, basic maintenance and tuning of the instruments will form an
important part of the course content.
This is a “hands-on” course. A great deal of class time will be spent playing
which accounts for the weight given to participation.
There is no required text. Materials culled from various sources will be
distributed from time to time. An excellent, easily available reference work
that is not required is:
2005 Teaching Percussion. New York: Schirmer Books (plus accompanying 2
Students are asked to purchase a practice pad and a pair of snare drum sticks.
September 6 Introduction and overview, Snare drum
September 13 Snare drum
September 20 Snare drum
September 27 Timpani
October 4 Snare drum test
October 11 Keyboard percussion
October 18 Keyboard percussion, Bass drum,
cymbals, accessory instruments.
Midterm take-home exam distributed
October 25 Percussion ensemble. Midterm test
November 1 Midterm Recess, No class
November 8 Drumset
November 15 Drumset, Latin percussion
November 22 Latin percussion, Summary, Percussion
section case study.
November 29 Samba workshop, Final take-home
exam distributed. Concert review due.
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)
This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.
Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.
Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
- Improper collaboration in group work.
- Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Email correspondence policy
It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student. Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.
Modification of course outlines
The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.
McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)
In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.
Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities
Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail email@example.com. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.
Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances
Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.
Other Course Information: