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ERIE COUNTY Music Educators Association

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Percussion Guidelines

ECMEA’s Solo Audition goal is to select students for honor ensembles.  These audition requirements put more weight on the solo and sight reading, and less weight on  rudiments, scale variations, tuning and roll requirements.  The Basic Proficiency  category now equals 5 points, making this rubric similar to other instruments.  5 points were added to the Technique scoring making it 20 points.  This scoring matches  the Woodwind, Brass and String rubric for Technique.

Snare Drum:

The snare drum rudiments and long roll requirement will follow the scoring system of: 5 points (3 rudiments : 1 point each; long roll: 2 points)

Mallet Percussion:  

Scales - One octave only: no arpeggio, no harmonic octave roll, and no playing in thirds will be required.  Level 1 & 2: any 3 major scales; Level 3 & 4: any 7 major scales; Level 5 & 6 all major scales.

Timpani: 

2 intervals tuned with 2 drums (one note on each drum), and long roll. The interval requirement by level is the same as indicated in the Timpani section of the NYSSMA Manual Edition XXXI (pg. 6-9).
 
The long roll will be performed without regard to tuning and will be performed on the drum(s) already used in the tuning requirement.

This reduced requirement will simplify the complexity of the timpani audition, and will also help keep the audition within the scheduled time.

Levels 1-4 Single stroke roll- on one drum: will be performed on the large (28” or 29”) drum.  Begin the roll piano, gradually crescendo to forte, maintain this level for approximately 10 seconds, gradually decrescendo to piano.  
 
Levels 5-6 Single stroke roll- on two drums: the student will roll on the lower note of the interval and then repeat the procedure on the higher note.  Begin the roll piano, gradually crescendo to forte, maintain this level for approximately 10 seconds, gradually decrescendo to piano.  The roll must be performed on each drum.

There will not be any element requiring glissando tuning or tuning for the single stroke roll.

Snare Drum: The snare drum rudiments and long roll requirement
will follow the following scoring system:
5 points (3 rudiments : 1 point each, and long roll: 2 points)
5 points: All three rudiments and long roll correct.
4 points: Two rudiments and long roll correct, or three rudiments
correct and long roll performed with some problems.
3 points: One rudiment and long roll correct, or two rudiments correct
and long roll performed with some problems.
2 points: Zero rudiments correct but long roll correct.
1 point: Zero rudiments correct and long roll performed with some
problems.
Mallet Percussion: The Mallet scale requirement will utilize the
following scoring system that is consistent with non-percussion
instruments.
One octave only: no arpeggio, harmonic octave roll, or playing in
thirds.
Scale requirement: Level 1&2 – any three scales; level 3&4 – any 7
scales.
5 points: All three scales correct
4 points: Two scales correct
2 points: One scales correct
0 points: Zero scales correct