Clinic Feature:
Texas Music Educators Assoc.
2012-2013 All State Audition Etudes
Featuring Todd Meehan, Baylor University

Each year, thousands of percussionists from small schools throughout Texas audition for placement in the All Region, Area and State Ensembles. Because of the worth of musical development that these selections have for high school percussionists, we’ve decided to create a special clinic covering the 4 etudes.



Click here to read “Preparing for an All-State Audition: An outline for success”


Timpani Selection:
From “The Solo Timpanist”, Vic Firth

 Full Performance, Up to Tempo
 Practice Tips and Suggestions


Mallet Recommendations:

Tim Genis -- Dolce Articulate
Outstanding clarity in softer passages. Felt core.
L = 14 7/16" Head = 1 3/4"
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Tim Genis -- Beethoven - hard
Full bodied sound with excellent clarity. Felt core.
L = 14 3/8" Head = 1 1/2"
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EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOADS:

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SLOW AND FAST MP3 AUDIO FILES FOR PRACTICE


To download the individual files, right-click (option-click mac) one of the above links and choose "save target to disk"
Once the file has been fully downloaded, uncompress with "upzip" program and drop into iTunes or other music library program.



Two Mallet Selection:
From “Masterpieces for Marimba”, McMillan

 Full Performance, Up to Tempo
 Practice Tips and Suggestions


Mallet Recommendations:

Robert Van Sice Signature Keyboard
Medium. The most popular model in the series‚ this mallet covers the entire range of the marimba and produces a singing sound that is full of life.
L = 17"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Medium Hard. A versatile and general mallet that produces full and natural sound throughout the entire keyboard. With rattan shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOADS:

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SLOW AND FAST MP3 AUDIO FILES FOR PRACTICE


To download the individual files, right-click (option-click mac) one of the above links and choose "save target to disk"
Once the file has been fully downloaded, uncompress with "upzip" program and drop into iTunes or other music library program.



Snare Drum Selection: Etude #1
From “Advanced Snare Drum Studies”, Peters

 Full Performance, Up to Tempo
 Practice Tips and Suggestions


Stick Recommendations:

Tim Genis Signature - General (STG)
Designed to produce a dark‚ full-bodied sound. Great balance.
L = 16.81" | Dia. = .650"
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Ted Atkatz Signature (SATK)
Long taper for great control and clarity during soft playing. Persimmon
L = 17" | Dia. = .660"
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EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOADS:

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SLOW AND FAST MP3 AUDIO FILES FOR PRACTICE


To download the individual files, right-click (option-click mac) one of the above links and choose "save target to disk"
Once the file has been fully downloaded, uncompress with "upzip" program and drop into iTunes or other music library program.



4 Mallet Keyboard Selection: Etude #1
From “Marimba: Technique Through Music”, Ford

 Full Performance, Up to Tempo
 Practice Tips and Suggestions


Mallet Recommendations:

Robert Van Sice Signature Keyboard
Medium soft. A general mallet that covers the lower four octaves of the marimba.
L = 17"
  [enlarge photo]
Robert Van Sice Signature Keyboard
Medium. The most popular model in the series‚ this mallet covers the entire range of the marimba and produces a singing sound that is full of life.
L = 17"
  [enlarge photo]

EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOADS:

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SLOW AND FAST MP3 AUDIO FILES FOR PRACTICE


To download the individual files, right-click (option-click mac) one of the above links and choose "save target to disk"
Once the file has been fully downloaded, uncompress with "upzip" program and drop into iTunes or other music library program.


 

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Todd Meehan currently serves as Assistant Professor of Percussion at the Baylor University School of Music. He joined the faculty in 2003 and was recently honored with Baylor University¹s 2010-2011 Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching. His performance endeavors are focused on the creation of new music for percussion. In this capacity he has commissioned works from Paul Lansky, David Lang, Charles Wuorinen, Alejandro Viñao, John Supko, Matt McBane, and Jonathan Leshnoff, among others, and has presented numerous premieres for solo and chamber percussion.

In 2006 Todd co-founded the Meehan/ Perkins Duo with percussionist Doug Perkins. Since its inception the Duo has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Bang on a Can Marathon, th Ojai Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Monadnock Music, the Stone, and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, in addition to performing and teaching master classes at universities and conservatories throughout the country and abroad. The Duo¹s collaborative New World Records release with the Baylor Percussion Group entitled Restless, Tactless, Endless ­ Johanna Beyer and the Birth of American Percussion Music, was called "an engaging experience" by Gramophone and "immaculatel played by the duo" by BBC Music Magazine. Their second album, Travel Diary, was released on Bridge Records in November 2011 and features commissioned works by David Lang and Paul Lansky, as well as electro-acoustic works by Tristan Perich and Nathan Davis.

Todd began his professional life as a founding member of So Percussion, a group called "consistently impressive" by the New York Times and "astonishing and entrancing" by Billboard. During his tenure with the group, Todd worked with composers Steve Reich, David Lang, Evan Ziporyn, and James Wood, among others. He can be heard on So Percussion¹s debut, self-titled album released on Cantaloupe Records in 2003.

As an orchestral musician, Todd has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, including performances under conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gunther Schuller, Robert Spano, Myung Whung Chung, and Peter Oundjian. He has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Lyric Opera, and is an alumnus of the Pacific Music Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. He currently serves as Principal Timpanist of the Waco Symphony Orchestra.

Notable performance credits include multiple appearances at the Bang on a Can Marathon, the BAM Next Wave Festival, Miller Theater¹s Composer Portrait Series, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, and several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. Additionally, Todd has performed live on WNYC¹s New Sounds Live hosted by John Schaefer. As a chamber musician he has performed alongside members of the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo String Quartet. Todd has recorded on Cantaloupe Music, New World Records, Bridge Records, and Arizona University Recording¹s Contemporary Composer and Performer Series.

Todd received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Master of Music degree from Yale University. He also pursued non-degree studies at DePaul University. His principal teachers include Robert van Sice, George Frock, James Ross, and Michael Green.

Todd Meehan plays Pearl Drums/Adams Musical Instruments, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Black Swamp accessories.

 

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