Percussion students at New England Music Camp receive two private lessons per week with the option of adding an additional 1/2 hour. NEMC percussion studios provide ample space for practice and include a full complement of the highest quality percussion instruments, in partnership with Zildjian, Grover Pro, and Vic Firth companies.
NEMC boasts a well-rounded percussion faculty comprised of professional orchestral and percussion ensemble performers, jazz drummers, and college educators. All faculty are on hand at ensemble rehearsals for daily one on one coaching within the section. This individual attention enables NEMC students to prepare challenging repertoire that is “performance-ready” in 5 one-hour rehearsals each week.
All camp percussionists perform in either the Symphony Band or the Concert Band, and may also be selected to perform in Symphony Orchestra or Concert Orchestra. Percussionists can also choose to participate in the jazz program, playing in either the Jazz Ensemble or Jazz Band. Placement for the bands and orchestras is based on an initial audition held on the first day of camp and is assigned based on skill and performance level, not age. Likewise, placement for the jazz groups is based on skill and performance level in the jazz medium.
CLASS SAMPLING (All percussionists take two 1/2 hour private lessons per week and perform in band and/or orchestra.)
- Percussion Ensemble Faculty coached group to study and perform percussion ensemble literature.
- World Music Class A class that gives students a broad and comprehensive overview of non-Western art, folk, and pop music through listening, discussion, and hands-on experience.
- Jazz Combo Faculty coached group for jazz repertoire
- Introduction to Jazz Improvisation This class offers basic coaching in the technique of jazz improvisation focusing on the 12-bar blues, blues notes, and basic concepts of jazz improvisation. Advanced improvisation is taught as a private lesson.
NEMC is proud of our many alumni who have gone on to become very successful percussionists including Ted Atkatz, (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Matthew Strauss (Houston Symphony Orchestra)
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