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Entrance Standards, Percussion

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Transfer students who are pursuing percussion as their major instrument will be placed at an applied level that is based on their skill achievement. Following is a list of standards for each of the levels of percussion study at CWU.

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Music 164 | Music 264 | Music 364 | Music 464
 

Music 164

Mallets:

  • Major and Minor (all) scales and arpeggios, two octaves, in sixteenth notes, quarter note = 72.
  • Demonstrate ability to improvise in all keys.
  • Solfege and play 5 specified pieces in all keys.
  • Perform at least seven two-mallet pieces from Masterpieces for Marimba, by Thomas Macmillan.
  • Perform a xylophone Ragtime solo by G. H. Green or Harry Breuer.
  • Begin four-mallet study using Leigh Stevens Method of Movement

Snare Drum:

  • Play a smooth orchestral roll in all dynamic ranges (pp-ff).
  • Play these rudiments at the designated speeds:
    • Single stroke nines mm=100
    • Flam accent mm=126
    • 17-Stroke roll mm=100 Flam tap mm=116
    • 5-Stroke roll mm=100
    • Pataflafla mm=96
    • Single paradiddle mm=120
    • Swiss triplet (sextuplets) mm=96
    • Double paradiddle (sextuplets) mm=96
    • Single Ratamacue mm=100
    • Paradiddlediddle (sextuplets) mm=96
    • Triple Ratamacue mm=100
  • Adequately perform 8 diverse etudes from Cirone’s Portraits in Rhythm and 5 diverse pieces from Freytag’s The Rudimental Cookbook.

Timpani:

  • Perform Friese/Lepak muffling exercises, cross sticking exercises, and tuning exercises 1-8.

Drumset:

  • Perform the Rock and Jazz grooves from Groove Essentials by Tommy Igo.

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • Mallets: 
    Gershwin American in Paris
  • Snare: 
    Bartok Concerto for Orchestra (2nd mvt.) 
    Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol (3rd and 4th mvt.)
  • Cymbals: 
    Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony (4th mvt.) 
    Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet
  • Tambourine: 
    Dvorak Carnaval Overture
    Bizet Carmen
  • Timpani: 
    Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (transition from 3rd to 4th mvt.)

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Music 264

Mallets:

  • Blues, whole-tone, and major/minor pentatonic scales, two octaves, in sixteenth notes, quarter note = 72.
  • Demonstrate ability to improvise in all keys.
  • Solfege and play 5 specified pieces in all keys.
  • Two-mallet study of Baroque literature such as Bach’s Violin or Cello Sonatas, or other advanced two-mallet literature.
  • Work through Bart Quartier’s Image four-mallet solo book and other pieces such as Ney Rosauro’s Prelude no. 1.
  • Play vibraphone solo from Real book changes such as Blue Bossa or Footprints.

Snare Drum:

  • Perform 3 advanced Cirone, Whaley, or Delecluse etudes and 2 advanced solos from The Rudimental Cookbook.
  • Play these rudiments at the designated speeds:
    • Single stroke nines mm=116
    • Flam accent mm=160
    • 5-Stroke roll mm=132
    • Flam tap mm=126 17-
    • Stroke roll mm=132
    • Pataflafla mm=106
    • Single paradiddle mm=160
    • Swiss triplet (sextuplets) mm=112
    • Double paradiddle (sextuplets)mm=116
    • Inverted flam tap mm=100
    • Paradiddlediddle (sextuplets) mm=116
    • Flam drag mm=110

Timpani:

  • Adequately perform 3 Delecluse etudes or similar literature. Demonstrate ability to tune all intervals accurately and quickly.

Drumset:

  • Perform tracks from David Garibaldi’s Future Sounds.
  • Perform the Funk, R&B and World Grooves from Groove Essentials by Tommy Igo.

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • Mallets: 
    Shostakovich Polka from the Golden Age 
    Kabalevsky Colas Bruegnon
  • Snare: 
    Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade (3rd and 4th mvts.)
    Prokofiev Lt. Kije Suite (1st mvt.)
  • Tambourine: 
    Tchaikovsky Nutcracker
  • Cymbals:
    Moussorgsky A Night on Bald Mountain
  • Timpani: 
    Beethoven 7th Symphony (1st and 4th mvts.) 
    Mozart Symphony #39

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Music 364

Half-hour recital of works for Mallets, Timpani and Multi-Percussion.

(Three of the following four areas (Mallets, Snare, Timpani, Drum set) as well as the excerpts must be mastered and demonstrated in lessons or juries in order to advance to the next level.)

Mallets:

  • More advanced solo literature such as Akira Miyoshi’s Conversation.
  • Play vibraphone solo from Real book changes such as My Funny Valentine or In a Mellow Tone.

Snare Drum:

  • Advanced Orchestral and Rudimental Literature.

Timpani:

  • Perform two diverse Delecluse Etudes.
  • Perform additional solo works.

Drumset:

  • Transcribe and perform one tune.
  • Perform from advanced method books such as Riley The Art of Bop Drumming, Goines/Ameen Afro-Cuban Grooves for Bass and Drums or Davis' Drummers, Steve Houghton Essential Styles, Book One and Two.

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • Snare: 
    Schuman 3rd Symphony (Toccata)
    Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf
    Ravel Bolero
  • Xylophone: 
    Gershwin Porgy and Bess 
    Kleinsinger: Tubby the Tuba
    Copland Appalachian Spring
  • Bells: 
    Dukas Sorcerer’s Apprentice
    Mozart The Magic Flute
  • Tambourine: 
    Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
    Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
  • Cymbal:
    Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Timpani: 
    Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony (1st mvt.)
    Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis
    Beethoven Symphony #9

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Music 464

45-minute full recital of advanced works for Mallets, Timpani and Multi-Percussion.
(Choose at least 2 of the following for continued study per quarter)

Mallets:

  • Study of advanced solo and chamber literature.

Timpani:

  • Study of advanced solo and chamber timpani literature.

Multi Percussion

  • Study of solo and chamber multi percussion works.

Orchestral Excerpts

  • All areas, work toward a mock audition.

Drum Set

  • Study of advanced materials such as the Chester New Breed, Zoro's Commandments of R&B Drumming, transcriptions, advanced Latin Styles.

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