Education Program Overview
Are you a private drum teacher?
Do you teach a high school drum line?
Are you a collegiate percussion instructor?
Are you a marching percussion specialist?
Do you want to share ideas and learn about:
Building the percussion teaching profession?
Maintaining your teaching practice?
Methods of retaining percussion students?
If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, Vic Firth would like YOU to join our education team!
The Vic Firth Company is proud to be among the most educationally conscientious companies in the music industry. For over 50 years, Vic himself was a leader in percussion education. He became a Department Head at the New England Conservatory soon after he graduated from there with high honors in 1952. Since becoming solo timpanist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1952, Vic performed with such prestigious groups as the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Boston Opera Company and the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan. In addition, Vic performed on over 400 recordings. He also penned 17 compositions which have become standards in the high school and collegiate repertoire, and eight method books which are international standards for instruction and performance, as well as for audition, solo and ensemble festival material.
At the same time, Vic Firth Company has collaborated with some of the top educational minds around the globe to support percussion education. As we witness the growth of percussion education, we are encouraged to further develop and diversify our already highly successful program. Started in 1997 as a means to foster dialogue between percussion educators of all levels and strengths, the Vic Firth Education Team remains the industry’s innovating force in providing resources to percussion educators. As we witness the growth of percussion education, we are encouraged to further develop and diversify our already highly successful program.
Following is a brief description of these world-class programs. Our Education Department, now headed by Neil Larrivee, Dom Famularo and Mark Wessels, has several program offerings tailored to meet the needs of today’s percussion educators.
Private Drum Teacher Program (PDT)
Designed for percussion educators who teach in a private setting, this program is geared to support further growth in percussive studies and product knowledge.
Scholastic Educator Program (SEP)
This program is designed for scholastic percussion educators whose schools have established successful programs both in their region and nationally. This program provides information on current events and what’s happening throughout the country through our internet/web site and a quarterly newsletter.
Collegiate Educator Program (CEP)
This program is designed for collegiate percussion educators whose programs are influential in development of future band directors and percussion educators.
Marching Percussion Specialist (MPS)
The MPS program is designed for percussion educators in the highest levels of indoor marching percussion ensembles and Drum and Bugle Corps activities.