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@Percussion 331 - Forging a Percussion Career with John R. Beck

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Hosts: Karli Viña, Ben Charles
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Guest: John R. Beck https://johnrbeckpercussion.com/

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0:00 Intro and Hello
:40 Today in History: Sir Edward Elgar’s Birthday
5:09 Welcome to the show, John!
6:15 John’s career path
12:34 New Sousa Band
24:52 Uncertainty and doubt along a career path
37:20 Important skills for a successful career
47:13 Drum circle facilitation
57:26 What is a successful career?

@Percussion 330 - University Job Pursuit - Interviews

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Hosts: Ksenija Komljenović, Casey Cangelosi, Ben Charles, Tracy Wiggins, Marco Schirripa
Producer: Ksenija Komljenović
Topic: University Job Pursuit – Interviews

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00:00 Intro
00:20 Music History - May 26 (Chris Cornell’s funeral and experiencing deaths of musical idols, Moondog’s birthday)
07:48 Phone/Skype/Zoom interview
10:05 Questions to expect at the semi-final interview
18:25 Problem with “tell us about a conflict/challenge”
29:36 Practice interviews
32:45 Red flags in interviews
38:28 On-campus interviews
44:32 Types of on-campus interviews: committee, dean, chair, students, president/vice-president
46:02 A sample of questions for applied instrument position
48:28 Book recommendation: On Staff by Donald L. Hamann
50:23 Book recommendation: The Professor Is In by Karen Kelsky
54:22 Physical presentation while on campus
58:10 On-campus recital repertoire
1:02:21 Admin interviews
1:11:34 Being asked about responsibilities you have not had before
1:15:17 Social media questions: 
How important is it for the committee to keep everything consistent throughout the phone interview? (Justin Ball)
1:17:04 What happens when nobody gets the job? How often does this happen? 
1:19:37 Talk about the importance/weight of the teaching demonstration vs. the performance 
1:22:16 Discuss whether or not all search committees hire a third party organization/company to select the finalists for a position. If not, how do they avoid bias or discrimination? 
1:23:51 When applying for a first job, what’s the value of a social media presence these days? (Ryan Boehme)
1:27:10 Is it worth applying for full time positions as an ABD student or is it safer to apply for part-time/adjunct roles until a doctorate is earned?
1:30:02 Community college jobs

@Percussion 329 - Sabian Cymbals & Education with Mark Reynolds

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Hosts: Caleb Pickering and Casey Cangelosi
Producer: Caleb Pickering
Guest: Mark Reynolds

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1:30 History
7:00 Introduction 
8:40 Career
24:24 Advice for people who want to work in the industry
34:50 Artist Endorsements
48:23 Developing a new cymbal
1:03:47 Sabian Education

@Percussion 328 - Remembering Christopher Deane (1957-2021), Part 2

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Hosts: Ben Charles and Brian Nozny
Producer: Ben Charles
Guests: Tim Feerst, Ed Smith, Carol Stumpf, and Brian Zator

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0:00 introduction and welcome
2:05 Carol Stumpf on Chris’s North Carolina days and the beginnings of his collection
7:35 Chris’s gifted triangle to Carol
11:21 Chris’s reaction to Progressive Triangle Core
14:00 Chris’s early days as a drummer and guitarist
16:44 Chris’s timpani solo, Prelude No. 1
20:28 Ed Smith on working with Chris as a colleague at UNT
25:45 Chris’s “Forty Five Lessons in Fifteen Minutes”
33:49 Chris’s opinions
36:21 Tim Feerst on Chris’s marimba solo, The Process of Invention
47:55 Brian Zator on performing Russell Peck’s The Glory and the Grandeur with Chris
59:18 Chris’s trio, The Topography of Dreaming
1:01:43 Chris’s percussion ensemble piece, Pyriphlegethon
1:04:09 Chris’s dedication to his students
1:06:07 Story from Graham Viegut

@Percussion 327 - Remembering Christopher Deane (1957-2021), Part 1

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Hosts: Ben Charles and Brady Spitz
Producer: Ben Charles
Guests: Jason Baker, I-Jen Fang, John Lane, Drew Lang, and Josh Smith

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0:00 introduction and welcome
2:15 Jason Baker on Chris’s marimba quartet, Vespertine Formations
13:38 John Lane on traveling to Japan with Chris for the Hokuto International Music Festival
25:27 Drew Lang on Chris’s creations as a tinkerer and Chris as a composer
35:12 Chris’s invention to help a disabled friend play marimba
37:05 Josh Smith on Chris’s vibraphone works
41:52 I-Jen Fang on Chris’s timpani solo, The Bones of Chuang Tzu
49:33 Chris’s humility
50:54 Drew Lang on working with Chris on the DFW freelance scene
59:03 Brady Spitz on studying with Chris

@Percussion 326 - Bicycle Music (and more!) with Reynaliz Herrera

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Hosts: Karli Viña, Ben Charles, Ksenija Komljenović and Caleb Pickering
Producer: Karli Viña https://www.karlynvina.com/
Guest: Reynaliz Herrera https://www.ideasnottheories.com/
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https://twitter.com/ideasnotheories?lang=en
https://www.instagram.com/ideasnottheories/?hl=en
Innovation Showcase - Reynaliz Herrera: https://vimeo.com/586366765

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Timestamps
0:00 Intro and Hello
1:09 Today in History: Happy Birthday, Keiko Abe! Do-vorak or Don’t-vorak
8:16 Welcome to the show, Reyna!
11:08 Ideas, Not Theories
16:54 Bicycle notation
22:34 Why bicycle drumming?
26:14 The development of Ideas, Not Theories
29:57 Balancing being a composer, performer, director, and producer
34:10 Finding your voice
41:57 BIKEncerto: a concerto for solo bicycle and orchestra
44:40 Ju Percussion Group plays Très de Très para Très
48:07 Upcoming projects
49:50 Meeting Pinchas Zukerman, Evelyn Glennie, Bob Becker, Steve Reich

 

@Percussion 325 - University Job Pursuit

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Hosts: Ksenija Komljenović, Caleb Pickering, Ben Charles, Tracy Wiggins, Marco Schirripa
Producer: Ksenija Komljenović
Topic: University Job Pursuit – Search Committee Point of View

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00:00 Intro
02:43 Music History
03:27 Search Committee for Music Jobs
04:34 Application materials and search committee work on posting a job
08:41 Decoding the job posting and writing your cover letter
10:58 Marco Schirripa joins the room
17:57 Not fulfilling all job posting requirements
19:52 Too good for the job?
22:45 Applying for leverage
23:37 Red flags when reading cover letters
24:18 What are common mistakes that pull candidates out early? (Matt Nichols, FB)
31:18 Applied teaching/classroom teaching videos
33:20 Errors in teaching/videos
34:55 Who did you study with?
36:30 Cover letter: should you mention contacts at the university you are applying?
40:52 What are some red flags or things to avoid when a university job is your end goal? What can be considered beneficial, meaningful work for the portfolio vs a waste of time in regards to the hiring process. (Jade Hails, FB)
42:11 Why do they seem to prefer academics (people with 5 DMAs) instead of performers (Marcelina Suchocka, FB)
44:53 DMA needed to get a job
47:01 Accreditation agencies and degrees needed to be hired
50:34 How certifications impact departments
51:06 DMA or equivalent experience
53:08 Playing demonstration. Would be curious to see what committees actually value in a playing demonstration.... what they've been impressed by in the past. It's so hard to demonstrate appropriate musicianship on timpani and drum set, which function much better in an ensemble than as a solo instrument, that the college job search game seems like a marimba and multi-percussion contest sometimes. (Brady Spitz, FB)
1:03:58 Recital rep

 

@Percussion 324 - Entertainment Drumlines with Kaylie Brooke

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0:50
History and guest

6:18
How did you get into entertainment drumlines and Blast?

9:34
The actor-percussionist

11:14
Advice for people who want to play in Blast!, entertainment lines, shows?

15:50
Tracy - “everyone has a different idea of WHAT your job is.”

19:47
Tracy and the TRASH PANDAS

22:12
DCI and WGI

25:52
Forging your own path

33:53
How to improve your acting?

38:00
Being a musical director

43:55
Current projects?

47:42
Representation

@Percussion 323 - Vintage Keyboard Instruments with Shannon Wood

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Hosts: Karli Viña and Ben Charles
Producer: Ben Charles
Guest: Shannon Wood https://www.malletshop.com

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0:00 Introduction and welcome
1:17 Today in history: Birthday of Billie Holiday, Mongo Santamaria, Spencer Dryden; Beethoven’s Third Symphony premieres
3:59 Beethoven or Nay-toven game
8:25 Welcome Shannon Wood!
9:01 The start of malletshop.com
12:21 Why vintage instruments over new instruments?
15:25 The Gigster
25:24 Unusual instruments that have come through Mallet Shop
32:41 Pricing of vintage instruments
36:09 Richard Holmes’s legacy as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra timpanist
40:03 Timpani concerti: Michael Daugherty’s Raise the Roof and William Kraft’s Timpani Concerto No. 2
49:45 Dealing with the Florida Philharmonic dissolving
58:40 Lessons learned via musical stepping stones

@Percussion 322 - American Gamelan with Brady Spitz

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Hosts: Karli Viña, Ben Charles, and Caleb Pickering
Producer: Karli Viña https://www.karlynvina.com/

Guest: Brady Spitz https://www.bradyspitz.com/

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Timestamps
0:00 Intro and Hello
0:58 Today in History: J.S. Bach’s Birthday
6:47 Welcome to the show, Brady!
9:50 What is American Gamelan?
16:25 Where are the “Old Granddads?”
20:25 Building American Gamelan
30:33 Gamelan notation and Western understanding
35:13 Starting a Gamelan Ensemble
42:30 Brady’s doctoral dissertation on writing for “Old Granddad” and just intonation
48:01 Laurel by Shane Monds
51:45 Lou Harrison’s gamelan
58:18 Brady’s new book: Brain Drain - Reading and Technical Method for the Intermediate Mallet Player
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