Author Archives: Chris Stroh

About Chris Stroh

Seattle percussionist and music teacher. OAKE Executive Board member.

Cabaret setup, July 2016

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First-time pit advice

Here’s selections from a thread I found on reddit that has a lot of great advice for playing in your first musical theater pit orchestra. Many of the people giving advice are professional musicians. I hope this is helpful! [–]ChocolateDoorknob … Continue reading

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Music education research

A study of 8 to 11-year-olds found that, those who had extra-curricular music classes, developed higher verbal IQ, and visual abilities, in comparison to those with no musical training. ~ Forgeard et al., “Practicing a Musical Instrument in Childhood is … Continue reading

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Wizard of Oz percussion setup

Here’s my percussion setup for the recent production of “The Wizard of Oz” at Edmonds Heights K-12, with Mike Corey as the music director. We used the RSC version, as opposed to the MUNY version. I was playing both the … Continue reading

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Practice instruments for percussion students in band

When it comes to home practice, a percussionist needs two main pieces of equipment: a xylophone or bells set, and a snare drum. I’m going to list a number of practical options that range from inexpensive to extravagant. Any of … Continue reading

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