Percussion Resources

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internet resources

Harmony Central: Drums & Percussion
Equipment reviews, classified ads, online lessons, manufacturer listings, magazines, discussion groups, links to other percussion sites.
Innovative Percussion, Inc.
Under “Education & Events,” find printable educational articles about percussion and a listing of clinics and concerts.
Percussive Arts Society
News & events, membership information, and publications listing. Free downloadable resources include PAS International Drum Rudiments, “FUNdamentals” instructional sessions with handouts, and “HOTLicks” technical exercises with MIDI files. Resources section offers more educational links.
Web links, articles and recommended resources categorized by instrument type and cultural background. “Features” include online lessons and product reviews. Also has sections on homemade percussion instruments and kids programs.

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selected library holdings – current periodicals

The American Music Teacher. [Cincinnati, OH, etc.]: Music Teachers’ National Association. Am35must

Journal of Research in Music Education. Reston, VA [etc.]: Music Educators National Conference. J826resi

selected library holdings – books, scores and audiovisuals by topic

bibliographies and discographies

Adato, Joseph and George Judy. The Percussionist’s Dictionary. Melville, NY: Belwin-Mills Pub. Corp., c1984. 789.01.Ad19p

Beck, John H., ed. Encyclopedia of Percussion. New York: Garland Pub., 1995. 789.0103.En19b

Heller, George N. Ensemble Music for Wind and Percussion Instruments. Washington, D.C.: Music Educators National Conference, [1970]. 016.788.H367e

International Percussion Reference Library. Tempe, AZ: Music Department, Arizona State University. 016.78901.In8p vols.

Siwe, Thomas. Percussion Ensemble & Solo Literature. Thomas Siwe, ed. Champaign, IL: Media Press, c1993. 016.789.Si96p

Skei, Allen B. Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Instruments of the Orchestra: A Bibliographic Guide. New York: Garland, c1985. 016.788.Sk25w

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history and performance

Blades, James. cn. Percussion Instruments and Their History. New York: F. A. Praeger, [1970]. 789.01.B562p

Brindle, Reginald Smith. Contemporary Percussion. New York: Oxford University Press, c1991. 789.01.B771c, 1991

Holland, James. Percussion. London: Macdonald and Jane’s, 1978. 789.01.H719p

Holland, James. Practical Percussion: A Guide to the Instruments and Their Sources. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2003. 789.0103.H719p

Peinkofer, Karl and Fritz Tannigel. Handbook of Percussion Instruments. Trans. by Kurt and Else Stone. Melville, New York: [distributed by] Belwin-Mills, c1976. 789.12.P352hEs

Percussion Anthology. Evanston, IL: Instrumentalist Co., c1988. 789.01.P412a 1988

Peters, Gordon B. The Drummer, Man: A Treatise on Percussion. Wilmette, IL: Kemper-Peters Publications, c1975. 789.01.P442d

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Bartlett, Harry R. Guide to Teaching Percussion. Dubuque, IA: W. C. Brown Co., c1978. 789.01.G941t, 1978

Blades, James. Orchestral Percussion Technique. New York: Oxford University Press, 1973. 789.01.B569o, 1973

Breithaupt, Robert B. The Complete Percussionist: A Guidebook for the Music Educator. Oskaloosa, IA: C.L. Barnhouse Co., c1991. 789.01.B748c

Combs, F. Michael. Percussion Manual. New York: Wadsworth Pub. Co., 1977. 789.01.C733p

Cook, Gary. Teaching Percussion. New York: Schirmer Books, c1988. 789.0107.C771t