Monday, November 2, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
- Individual and Group Lessons
- Performance and Recreation Ensembles (students and adults of all ages and experience)
- Site-specific Residencies, Masterclasses, Coaching and Guest Artist Performances
- Home School and Extra-Curricular Classes
- Summer Camps
- Music for Dancers Workshops and Residencies
- Special Event and Team-Building Entertainment & Interactive Activities
In the Summer of 2011 our family decided it was time for a change. We were ready to leave Atlanta. Olive just turned 3 and finished her first dance recital. I had a lead on full-time teaching position in Greenville, SC, a city I knew nothing about (except it was on the way to Asheville). After a visit to Legacy Charter School (temporary campus, pre-re/construction), a couple meetings, and an afternoon excursion through Greenville's incredible downtown I was hooked. Actually, it was a couple weeks later, after I brought Leslie and we discovered Pita House, that we were all sold. So, we packed up a gazillion drums and hit the road for Greenville, SC.
I joined the faculty of Legacy Charter School as a full-time World Percussion teacher. There were LOTS of challenges, but very quickly we created one of the most exciting, most promising programs I've ever been a part of. Together we all learned alot.
Although I had a full-plate with LCS, I accepted a second faculty position when I joined the Dance Department at South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. When I lived in Boston and New York I enjoyed some great work with dance companies, so I was excited to get back into this world again. Since joining SCGSAH in 2012, I've enjoyed expanding my role within the department, accompanying modern classes, composing and performing for recitals, audio engineering, and now creating my own original "Music for Dancers" curriculum which I've also presented at other local studios.
As 2013 was coming to a close, we were preparing for the birth of Olive's brother, Silas. In preparation for our new addition I made the difficult decision to restructure my schedule and priorities which meant leaving LCS to lighten my load, and re-focus on family.
It's been incredible spending more time with Olive and Silas, but now Silas is all grown (1.5yrs) and ready to take over the world! Olive is now 7yrs and has been dancing for the past 5yrs - those classes don't come cheap, so.. Still serving SCGSAH, in 2014 I began working with Greenville Symphony Orchestra, creating and performing educational outreach programs.
All is well, but even bigger things are in store for 2015...
Monday, November 23, 2009
CONCERT SNARE DRUMS
Pearl Concert Series Snare Drum - Maple 14x5.5
Model: PEA-CRP1455 $365.00
Clevelander Pro Series Concert Snare Drum - 14x6.5
Model: CLV-CDCPW65 $759.95
Yamaha 4.3 Octave Acoustalon Marimba (YM2400C)
Model: YAM-YM2400C $3,929.00
Adams 4.3 Oct Soloist Padouk Marimba w/ Voyager Frame
Model: ADM-MSPV43 $2,295.00
Yamaha 3.5 Octave Acoustalon Xylophone (YX335C)
Model: YAM-YX335C $1,859.00
Adams 3.5 Octave Soloist Synthetic Xylophone (XSKV35)
Model: ADM-XSKV35 $1,695.00
BEGINNING PERCUSSION KIT
Pearl Percussion Kit W/ Carry Bag (PK800)
Model: PEA-PK800 $164.95
DRUMSETS & CYMBALS
Yamaha Stage Custom Birch 5-Piece Drumset - 20" Bass
Model: YAM-SCB0F57X $999.99
Zildjian A Custom Cymbal Pack with FREE 18" Crash and Bag
Pearl Primero Pro Fiberglass Conga Set - Basket Stands
Model: PEA-PFC204DX $359.95
LP Matador Wood Congas
Model: LP-M75XS-XX $279.99 - $299.99
Remo 2.5X16 Ocean Drum - No Graphics
Model: REM-ET021600 $47.95
Meinl Turbo Cajon
Model: MEI-CAJ4RO-M $224.95
Meinl Makah-Burl String Cajon with Bag
Model: MEI-CAJ3MB-M+BAG $199.99
14" Key-Tuned Djembe
Model: REM-DJ0014 $199.95
Pearl Percussion Pandeiro - 10" (PBP510)
Model: PEA-PBP510 $69.95
Meinl Ceramic Ibo Drum
Model: MEI-ID7RB $112.99
CONCERT SNARE STAND
Pearl Concert Snare Stand - Double Braced (S1000L)
Model: PEA-S1000L $89.95
Cloyd Duff #2 Timpani Mallets - Hickory Handle
Model: GS-DUFF2 $51.50 (Sold in Pairs)
Cloyd Duff #4 Timpani Mallets - Hickory Handle
Model: GS-DUFF4 $51.50 (Sold in Pairs)
Cloyd Duff #6 Timpani Mallets - Hickory Handle
Model: GS-DUFF6 $51.50 (Sold in Pairs)
Promark Tom Freer FUS2H Ultra Staccato Hickory Timpani Mallets
Model: PRO-FUS2H $46.50 (Sold in Pairs)
Encore GRADR Nancy Zeltsman Graduated Rattan Mallet Set
Model: ENC-GRADR $81.50 (Sold in Set of 4)
Note: Designed for 4-mallet playing on marimba
Vic Firth American Custom SD12 Drumsticks - Swizzle G
Model: VIC-SD12 $16.95 (Sold in Pairs)
Vic Firth Heritage Brush - Rubber Handle
Model: VIC-HB $16.95 (Sold in Pairs)
Promark Hot Rods
Model: PRO-H-RODS $12.95 (Sold in Pairs)
DRUM MUFFLES & PRACTICE PADS
Moongel Damper Pads - Set of 4 with Case
Model: KAM-MG4 $6.95
Black Swamp Drumhead Dampener (BSDD)
Model: BLA-BSDD $7.00
Vic Firth Double Sided Practice Pad - 12"
Model: VIC-PAD12D $28.95
Boss DB-90 Dr. Beat Metronome
Model: ROL-DB-90 $179.00
Edirol R-09HR WAVE/MP3 Portable Recorder
Model: ROL-R-09HR $399.00
Manhasset M52 Voyager Music Stand
Model: MAN-M52 $47.95
CASES & BAGS
SKB Snare Drum Case
Model: SKB-DXX14 $84.95
Vic Firth Backpack with Detachable Stick Bag
Model: VIC-VICPACK $62.95
Note: If anyone's looking for a gift for me I'd like one of these!
Humes & Berg Mallet Bag - XL Pro (TX8006)
Model: HUM-TX8006 $62.95
Evans EC1 Clear Drumhead
Model: EVA-TTXXEC1 $10.50 - $25.00
Evans Genera HD Snare Drumhead
Model: EVA-RCNB $16.50 - $17.50
Evans Strata Staccato 700 Snare Drumhead
Model: EVA-RQYQ $16.50
VIDEOS & BOOKS
Various-Modern Drummer Festivals 2000 & 2003 (3DVD)
Model: 00320594 $44.95
Various-Modern Drummer Festival 2008 (4 DVD set)
Model: 00320865 $53.95
Monday, August 17, 2009
NOW is the time to sign up for private lessons.
Private lessons are a must for any serious musician. It is simply not possible to receive individualized attention during a band class. Private lessons are an opportunity to work on YOUR weaknesses while also building on YOUR strengths. Lessons should also be an opportunity to discover new and exciting music and instruments from around the world.
PRIVATE LESSONS ARE AN INVESTMENT, so be sure to spend your money wisely. Seek a fundamentals-based teacher with real experience (playing and teaching) on ALL percussion instruments. Percussion students enrolled in band are expected to excel on 3 main instruments: snare drum, mallets (xylophone, marimba, etc.) and timpani. Drumset, while one of my personal favorites, is rarely used in band class. Because of the wide-range of instruments and material involved in studying percussion, full, 1-hr lessons are essential.
You have options when choosing a teacher—make an informed decision.
Before choosing a teacher, do a little background checking:
What kind of performing experience does this teacher have?Many experienced teachers will have web pages, myspace or facebook pages containing the answers to most of these questions. If not, ask.
Is (s)he still playing, and which instruments?
Does the teacher hold a degree in music?
What kind of teaching experience and track record does this teacher have?
People study for different reasons—Be upfront with your goals:
Are you looking for an introduction to music/percussion/drumming?Each of these situations is a great reason to study, but you’ll want to be sure you and your teacher are on the same page and share the same goals.
Do you want to focus on one instrument/area in particular?
Are you preparing to audition for All-State, College, etc?
Or, are you just looking to have fun playing drums each week?
Once you find a god match, challenge your teacher! Each week, make it your goal to impress your teacher by going above and beyond what you were assigned. While having a private teacher offers a huge advantage, it's like anything else: You get out what YOU put in. Finally, be sure to take advantage of all the FREE resources available online (like my Youtube video collection :) www.youtube.com/jasoncurrin
Thursday, August 13, 2009
This channel is meant to be a collection of videos geared towards music & percussion students and fans. Hopefully this collection of videos will inspire you to explore new music, instruments, instruction, etc. Videos are sorted by category (playlists) which contain several videos each. This site is a constant work in progress- I can think of at least 1,000 other videos to add, and will continue as fast as possible. Feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions.
Monday, August 3, 2009
The following is a basic set of sticks, mallets and other must-haves to get you started. There are hundreds of options out there, but this list will give you the finest equipment for the money.
Students are required to have at least one item from each category and ALL items listed under "additional gear". I have included approximate prices so you don’t run into any surprises when shopping. Local stores will most likely NOT carry these items— do not accept substitutions (see below for a list of recommended dealers who specialize in percussion).
Vic Firth SD-1 $6
Cooperman - Nick Petrella # 5 $16-37
Cooperman - Fastick #24 $16
Vic-Firth General T1 $20
Vic-Firth Staccato T3 $20
Or similar model General or Staccato mallet
Innovative James Ross IP-902 Med-Soft Xylo/Bell, Orange $30
Malletech OR 45R Orchestral Medium-Bright, White $30
Malletech BB 34 Bob Becker, Blue $30
Or similar model Medium-Hard mallet
Marimba/ Vibes/ Suspended Cymbals/ Aux.:
Mike Balter Pro-Vibe 23B Medium, Blue $25
Mike Balter Pro-Vibe 24B Medium-Soft, Red $25
Or similar model Medium yarn or chord mallet
Korg MA-30 Digital Metronome $30
Chromatic Pitch Pipe (either C or F) $15
Stick Bag $10-30
Pack of Mechanical Pencils $4
Journal: Small spiral-bound notebook $1-3
I recommend the following percussion specialists:
Steve Weiss Music steveweissmusic.com 215-659-0100
Explorers Percussion explorersdrums.com 816-361-1195
The Percussion Source percussionsource.com 866-849-4387