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SEU.edu
Location: Lakeland, Florida
University Enrollment: ~ 7,000
Music Majors: ~ 130
Music Degrees Offered: Performance
Music Education
Church Music
Music Business
Music (B.A.)
 
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Percussion at Southeastern University

 

The percussion studio at SEU is rapidly changing and growing! With new music facilities that opened in Spring 2017, top-quality new instruments being added regularly, and an ever-increasing number of students, it is an exciting time for SEU Percussion. All percussion students receive a well-rounded education in the areas of concert/orchestral percussion, drum set, solo and chamber percussion, and percussion from around the world. Performance opportunities include wind ensemble, orchestra, jazz band, drumline, percussion ensemble, and other chamber ensemble settings. The percussion studio has six marimbas (two 5-octave), three vibraphones, three xylophones, three sets of timpani, seven drum sets, and many cymbals, snare drums, toms, hand drums, and accessory percussion instruments. Most recently, a set of Brazilian samba instruments and a collection of 7 African drums (4 djembes and 3 dununs) have been added to the inventory.

 

The SEU Percussion Ensemble, comprised of percussion majors as well as non-majors, performs a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from Baroque and Classical-era transcriptions to pop-oriented tunes, to premieres of contemporary percussion works. Students are also encouraged to participate in SEU’s drumline, the Fireline, which performs for numerous Southeastern events throughout the school year, as well as at various community events in and around Lakeland.

 

In addition to studying the arts of percussion performance and education, percussion students are exposed to important music career and entrepreneurship topics, such as basic recording arts, handling finances, artist endorsements, web presence and social media, and juggling many different jobs as a free-lance musician, all within the context of a Christ-centered learning environment. Click here to learn more about music at SEU.

 
FMEA 2020 Clinic Handout – Percussionists Are Musicians, Too!

Learn more about my clinic at the 2020 FMEA Professional Development Conference.

PASIC 2015 Two-Mallet FUNdamentals Handout

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the handout from my PASIC session, "Two-Mallet FUNdamentals – From the Ground Up"

 

Percussion Services Offered
  • Educational and interactive clinics for middle school, high school, or college level percussionists

  • Percussion consulting for institutions and/or ensembles

  • Masterclasses that allow students to play in front of peers and receive feedback

  • Marching ensemble instruction/consulting (front ensemble and battery)

  • Private lessons

  • Percussion adjudication––solo & ensemble, marching band, indoor drumline

 

Teaching Experience

Collegiate Level

  • Assistant Professor of Percussion, Southeastern University, 2013 – present

    • ​Oversee and coordinate all facets of percussion at SEU, including teach all private lessons, percussion techniques courses, and percussion ensemble

    • Recruit talented percussionists

    • Expand and maintain percussion instrument inventory

    • Teach music theory and history courses

    • Direct and teach the SEU Fireline

  • Assistant Instructor, Indiana University Marching Hundred Drumline, 2008 – 2010

  • Percussion Instructor, Star of Indiana Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, 2010

  • Percussion Instructor, Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, 2007 – 2009

  • Battery Assistant, Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps 2009 – 2010

Secondary School Level

  • Percussion/Composition Instructor, Center Grove High School, 2010 – 2013

  • Percussion Specialist, Northview High School, 2007 – 2011 

  • Percussion Instructor

    • Bloomington South High School, 2007 – 2010 

    • Bloomington North High School, 2008 

    • Owen Valley High School, 2004 – 2007

    • Ben Davis High School, 2004 – 2006

Thoughts on Education:

 

Quality education is something I value highly, and it is my goal to provide music and percussion education of the absolute highest level to students of all ages who desire to learn. While there are some areas in which I specialize, I am capable of teaching a broad spectrum of percussion. No matter the instrument or style, I believe in the fundamental value of music to communicate, and I aim to help students understand the incredible breadth and depth of music as art.

 

However, I also believe in teaching skills that go beyond music––skills that can be used in real life, whether a student pursues a career in music or not. Responsibility, professionalism, respect, patience, and a serious work ethic are all things I emphasize to my students over time. It takes more than simply being a good player to land work in today’s music job market, and it is my goal to equip students to enter the workplace better prepared to take on challenges of all sorts, no matter what field of work. (See my Teaching Philosophy Statement.)             -BB

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