• Percussion Workshop

    Governor Livingston High School


    Block D - Room: 24

    Google Classroom code: 5pejz76



    Mr. Ellis



    Course Description

    This course is designed to introduce students to the world of percussion. These are instruments that can be shaken, struck or scraped. We will be exploring the world to discover instruments from many different cultures and genres. Some cultures/genres will include African, Brazilian, Caribbean and American music. All of these are connected and relate to one another. Students will receive a hands on learning experience as well as a more in depth approach where they will read and write music that will be performed.


    Student Expectations

    Students in this course are expected to:

    1. Be on time (In-Person or Remote via Zoom)
    2. Be prepared for class with a pencil, folder, and charged iPad
    3. Check Google Classroom regularly for announcements and assignments
    4. Turn in work on time
    5. Study and ask for extra help if needed!
    6. Participate in classroom activities
    7. Don’t be afraid to ask a question
    8. Have Fun :)

    Some Instruments We Will Play

    • Snare Drum
    • Bass Drum
    • Timpani
    • Keyboard Percussion
    • Tambourine
    • Drum Set
    • Congas
    • Bongos
    • Djembe
    • Many, many, many more

    Grading Policy

    1. Class Participation and Preparedness (50%)
    2. Assignments (20%)
    3. Quizzes (10%)
    4. Class Projects (20%)


    Class attendance and infraction procedures will follow the school handbook’s attendance policy.


    Before a quiz is given, we will go over in depth what will be on that quiz in class.

    Final Exam

    Students are required to attend the exam period and partake in the exam. This exam will be a comprehensive exam; students will be tested on all materials covered in class. As per Governor Livingston grading policy, the exam grade will count as 20% of the final grade. Senior students can be exempt from this exam if they have earned an average of 90% or greater during the first two marking periods of this course.

    Find a Musician Project

    You will research a professional musician (does not need to be a percussionist) and give a detailed summary of their life as a musician. It can be done on poster board, construction paper, or Power Point.

    1. Name and nicknames
    2. Date of birth
    3. Timeline of career
    4. Instrument(s)
    5. Genre(s)
    6. Type of group(s) they performed with (band, quartet, trio, orchestra)
    7. Video/Audio of a performance

    Composition Project

    Towards the end of the course, students will compose an original composition for piano or a keyboard percussion instrument approved by the teacher. This composition must meet the following guidelines:

    1. Contains at least 16 bars and does not exceed 32 bars of music
    2. Follows an ABA form
    3. Has a melody
    4. Contains harmony
    5. Must be written in standard notation:
      1. Tempo marking
      2. Clefs
      3. Key Signature
      4. Time Signature
      5. Expression markings
      6. Articulation markings
    6. Must be written on manuscript paper or created on music notation software
      1. Notion (iPad)
      2. Sibelius
      3. Finale
    7. Must be your own original music

    iPad Usage/Technology Usage

    Students will be expected to bring their charged iPads to class daily. Music apps will be used in this course to reinforce and explore contents learned. It is expected that these devices and all other forms of technology will only be used in class when directed or approved by the teacher.

    Parent Portal

    Parents will be able to monitor student attendance and grades via the Parent Portal. If a parent does not have a login and/or password for the Parent Portal, they can obtain one by contacting Mrs. Milos in the Main Office at Extension 2501.