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account Michael Ross Skillern
Michael Ross Skillern
5.0
7 Review(s)
Dubai, United States of America
CommonTime user since Apr 2021
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Profession and Specializations
Instrumentalist
Band Director
Specialisation: Instrument Technique, Music Theory, Instrument Skills, Rhythm, Improvisation
Percussion
Specialisation: Instrumentalist, Drumkit, Latin Percussion, African Percussion, World Drums, Drum Circle, Improvisation, Rhythm, World Beats
General Music
Specialisation: Skills, Games, Storytelling, Music appreciation, Learning Instruments, Instrument Classifications, World Music
Artist Statement
I am here to provide dynamic, flexible, and innovative music (percussion + band instruments) experiences at your school! Don't let any prices stop you! Reach out to me! Percussion is usually the least known about of the instrument families, among educators. My goal is to bridge that gap and provide flexible, high quality percussion events moving flexibly from Clinic to Recital to Masterclass depending on your needs! Likewise, as a band director, I have expert knowledge in all areas band: woodwind instruments, brass instruments, running sectionals, etc. I can facilitate flexible 1-1.5 hour, or half/whole day sessions (depending on your needs) that can include any combination of: 1. World Rhythms + Improv! 2. Rhythmic Sensitivity 3. Contemporary Solo Percussion Recitals 4. Classical Percussion Masterclass 5. Beat Boxing 6. Music Technology 7. Full band rehearsals/listening + feedback 8. Brass/Woodwind sectionals 9. Brass/Woodwind individual lessons 10. University Music School Admissions 11. Solo and Ensemble coaching 12. Convention style percussion education presentations for educators 13. Beginning wind players 14. Instrument petting zoo Give your percussionists, or band musicians some TLC! Are your students doing everything correctly? Do your rehearsals focus more on the winds? Do your percussionists get special attention? Over the past 10 years I've worked as a Teaching Artist with Vic Firth, an international percussion soloist, orchestral percussionist and timpanist, chamber musician, clinician, arranger and adjudicator. I have performed countless clinics, masterclasses, convention style presentations and recitals to 1000s of students and educators.
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Michael Ross Skillern - Classical Percussion Recital
90 minutes
Here, I will play an hour long recital of classical percussion music spanning hundreds of years, different styles and different instruments. Example repertoire includes: ~Cello …
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ageAll Age Ranges
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Michael Ross Skillern - Pencil Drumming!
60 minutes
Growing up, I was always getting in trouble for making beats with pencils on my desk. As I began to teach, many students do the …
starClassroom Lesson
starGeneral Music
ageAll Age Ranges
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Michael Ross Skillern - Beatboxing 101
60 minutes
Do you or your students have a passion for HipHop? Have they heard of beatboxing? Maybe they haven't? Either way you and your students will …
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starGeneral Music
ageAll Age Ranges
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Michael Ross Skillern - World Drumming + Improvisation
60 minutes
In this class students will learn hand drumming technique. They will then use this technique to travel to Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, and West Africa. No …
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starPercussion
ageAll Age Ranges
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Michael Ross Skillern - Being Rythmic
60 minutes
Are you musicians confident performing rhythms? Do they struggle playing in time? How is there steady beat? Do they struggle finding a groove and playing …
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starGeneral Music
ageAll Age Ranges
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Michael Ross Skillern - Concert Percussion Clinic
60 minutes
In this class students will cover snare drum technique, timpani technique, triangle technique, tambourine technique, 2 mallet technique, and 4 mallet technique. Students will get …
starClassroom Lesson
starPercussion
age10-12
age12-14
age15-17
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    5.0 • 7 Review(s)
    Christine Matovich
    Christine Matovich
    International School of Stuttgart
    Best Artist EVER!
    Christine Matovich
    Christine Matovich
    International School of Stuttgart
    Really great versatility and storytelling with percussion!
    Christopher Kraft
    Christopher Kraft
    International School of Stuttgart, Sindelfingen Campus
    A real nice overview of the basics. Having never played with four mallets, I always wondered how it was done!
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    Baden Wurtemburg, Germany
    Michael is smooth and confident in front of the camera. He moves easily from one topic to the next, all while using visual aids and demonstrations to illustrate his points. I learned so much about 4-mallet technique in just one hour!
    Christine Matovich
    Christine Matovich
    International School of Stuttgart
    I've never participated in a mallet workshop. For me as a general music teacher, we rarely spend enough time on mallet technique. This was a great process based professional development for me. And his performance was sublime!
    B Poon
    Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    A Great demonstration on 4 mallets!
    Christine Matovich
    Christine Matovich
    International School of Stuttgart
    What a great idea and workshop for helping the ones who need to move and fidget make great rhythms!