“Where’s the Triangle?” Strategies for Managing Percussionists and Percussion Instruments Part 2: Determining Percussion Needs and Assigning Parts

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Conservatory of Music


This is the second article in a three-part series addressing each of the keys to success. Here we examine percussion scoring and creating percussion assignment charts. While there is some standardization of percussion writing, almost every piece requires different instruments and a different number of performers. Preparation and score study prior to the initial rehearsal is key to a successful first reading. It is important to do this work in advance to avoid confusion at the first rehearsal, especially if percussionists are young or do not get their parts ahead of the first reading. [excerpt]