Members of the Riverton High School Percussion Ensemble are working hard and producing some amazing results. That is one reason why they are being recognized by music educators from across the State. The Percussion Ensemble recently received a special award from the Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA). Riverton High Percussion Ensemble Director Max Meyer and his group were invited to present a seminar at the UMEA conference in St. George last week on the innovative instructional techniques Mr. Meyer is using and the results he is achieving.
The Riverton Ensemble put on an integrated performance and clinic that showcased students and provided teaching techniques for music teachers instructing middle school and high school percussion ensembles.
Mr. Meyer shared information about how to use a metronome effectively in the music classroom, how to blend and balance the percussion ensemble, how to pick the correct sticks and mallets in the percussion ensemble, and how to develop a fundamental and relaxed approach to playing as a percussionist.
As a result, UMEA Executive Director Sharee Jorgensen presented a special award to Mr. Meyer and his ensemble and expressed the gratitude of the UMEA Board and the music teachers from throughout the state who attended the workshop.
The students were extremely excited to share their hard work with music teachers throughout Utah.