A Day in the Life

I learned a lot of things in college.  Most of them were important and related to my profession, like music theory, instrumental methods, and percussion pedagogy.  Some of what I learned was totally useless, like how to saran wrap an entire dorm room. Of all the useful things I learned in college, time management was perhaps the most important one.  How I, as a director, can manage my time each week will directly impact my program and my students.

I want to grow my percussion program. I want it to be a comprehensive program that allows my students to have as many opportunities as possible.  That means providing various ensembles for my students to be involved in.  It also means providing my students with the chance to study privately, present solos, audition for various honor bands, and prepare for scholarships.  This means great opportunities for my students, but it also means spreading myself very, very thin.   Working in time each day to further develop my ensembles, as well as develop my own skills is very important. Of course, not everyone is in the same professional position.  Maybe you’re starting at square one with your percussion program.  You should approach things differently than you would if you were at a more advanced stage.  Maybe you are trying to take your program to the next level, and make it stronger and more competitive on a regional or national scale.  Or, maybe you want to develop a curriculum and schedule that would mirror that of a college program.  This allows students to essentially major in percussion, while providing lessons as part of the daily plan.  Wherever you are in the development of your program, how you set up your schedule is important to the continued growth of your program.

Below are the daily schedules for various percussion instructors at various places in their career.  Nick Fields, is the director of percussion at up and coming Edgewood High School in Trenton, Ohio.  Matt Moore is the director of percussion at the traditionally strong, and well established Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas. And Dr. Chad Floyd is the Director of Percussion at Campbellsville, University, a small college in  Campbellsville, Kentucky, that is experiencing tremendous growth in their percussion studio.  Their schedules reflect not only their commitment as teachers, but also their dedication to the sustained growth of their programs and personal development as musicians.

Nick Fields

Assistant Band Director
Middle School Music Teacher
Percussion Instructor

1st Semester (Fall/Winter)
Marching Band Season

  • 7:15 School starts
  • Period 1 – 7th grade general music class
  • Period 2 – 6th grade beginning band
  • Period 3 – 7th/8th grade band team taught with other band director (middle school percussion ensemble, when time allows)
  • Period 4 – 7th grade general music class
  • Period 5 – 7th grade general music class
  • Period 6 – 7th grade general music class
  • – 2:15 – My day at the middle school ends, and my after school responsibilities begin.
  • – Travel to high school for their concert band class to work with percussion.
  • – 3:05 to 5:30 – Everyday Marching Band rehearsal
  • – 5:30 to 6:30 – Occasional drumline/front ensemble sectionals
  • – Friday Nights- attend all home and away football games with the Marching Band
  • – Saturdays- Occasional Band competitions

2nd Semester (Winter/Spring):
Indoor Drumline/Percussion Ensemble Season

  • 7:15 School starts
  • Period 1 – 7th grade general music class
  • Period 2 – 6th grade beginning band
  • Period 3 – 7th/8th grade band team taught with other band director (middle school percussion ensemble, when time allows)
  • Period 4 – 7th grade general music class
  • Period 5 – 7th grade general music class
  • Period 6 – 7th grade general music class
  • – 2:15 – Travel to high school for their concert band class to work with percussion
  • – Mondays – 2:15 to 3:30 – Middle school Jazz Ensemble
  • – Tuesday/Thursday – 3:05 to 5:30 – Indoor Drumline rehearsal
  • – Saturdays 10am-6pm – Occasional Indoor Drumline camps
  • – Saturdays/Sundays- Weekends also include Drumline competitions

Matt Moore 

Lake Highlands High School

Fall marching band season:

  • 6:15am – staff meeting
  • 6:45am – marching band rehearsal
  • 9am – battery class
  • 10am – front ensemble class
  • 12pm – jr high top band percussion class
  • 1pm – beginning percussion class
  • 2:30pm – jazz band class
  • 3:30pm – planning / conferences period / beginner Percussion Club
  • 4:30pm – student pass-offs / percussion sectionals
  • 6-7:30pm – office/practice

Spring Ensemble Season:

  • 7am – before school percussion ensemble rehearsal
  • 8:30am – student pass-offs
  • 9am – top band percussion class
  • 10am – 2nd, 3rd band percussion class
  • 12pm – jr high top band percussion class
  • 1pm – beginning percussion class
  • 2:30pm – jazz band class
  • 3:30pm – planning / conferences period / beginner Percussion Club
  • 4:30pm – after school percussion ensemble rehearsal
  • 6-7:30pm – office/practice

Dr. Chad Floyd

Campbellsville University

Fall Semester

  • 8-10am personal practice
  • 11-2 applied lessons
  • 2:00 studio labs, department recitals (Tues, Thur)
  • 3:00 percussion ensemble (Tues, Thurs, Fri)
  • 3:30-6:30 steel band (Wed)
  • 4:00-5:30 drumline (Tues, Thurs)
  • 8:00 recitals/concerts (1 or 2 days/week)

Spring Semester:

  • 8-10am personal practice
  • 11-2 applied lessons
  • 2:00 studio labs, department recitals (Tues, Thur)
  • 3:00 percussion ensemble (Tues, Thurs, Fri)
  • 5:30-8:30 steel band (Wed)
  • 8:00 recitals/concerts (1 or 2 days/week)

Each one of these educators has developed their schedules to reflect the needs of their programs and to further grow their studios.  Clearly, the needs of each program are different, and the instructor has adjusted accordingly to maximize the students’ learning opportunities, and maximize the efforts of their individual ensembles.  To better develop and foster a growing percussion section, proper use of your students’ rehearsal time is paramount.  Strict attention to your daily schedule will help you to develop a better studio, and better players.

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