June 16 - July 3, 2020
The Premier Virtual Seminar
Seventeen Renowned Faculty Members
Three Weeks of Intense Learning
The Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing modern, innovative, and cutting-edge knowledge to percussionists across disciplines and throughout the world. From orchestral excerpts to drumset, marimba, world percussion, ensemble performance, and much more, TAPS covers a wide range of topics and essential skills invaluable to the contemporary musician.
Owing to the unique situation caused by COVID-19, we are taking the opportunity to go virtual and expand the scope of TAPS! Featuring a variety of interactive masterclasses, individual instruction, group Q&As, and virtual social hangouts, this summer's TAPS Online Seminar will cover timely topics such as:
A deep dive into a focused list of orchestral excerpts and repertoire
Learning new solo material for mallets and multi-percussion
Drumset playing in the orchestra and other ensemble settings
Introduction to ethnic percussion for orchestra and studio work
Songwriting and composition
Eurythmics and rhythmic independence
Mental practice & preparation
Achieving peak performance through centering and visualization
A Program Customized for You!
Our aim for this seminar is to tailor a comprehensive online program for each individual based on goals, level of experience, and which instruments each participant is interested in working on and has access to. Participants will receive:
15 Live Interactive Masterclasses
5 Social Hangout Sessions with Peers and Faculty
As well as critiques of video submissions, private consultations with Ted and other faculty members, and entry into giveaways for free swag from sponsors including Majestic Percussion, Black Swamp Percussion, Vic Firth Percussion, Zildjian Percussion, Innovative Percussion, and sheet music by Casey Cangelosi and Shaun Tilburg!
Private lessons are available for an additional charge.
Meet the Pros–
and Your Peers!
TAPS has always encouraged an upbeat communal experience, and we think it should be no different online! In addition to regular masterclasses, we will be organizing a series of informal Q&As for participants to ask faculty members about their work, as well as meet-and-greet social gatherings for all partitipants to interact and get to know each other. In the past, TAPS has been proud to host a rich community of participants from all over the world including countries such the US, China, South Korea, Australia, Germany, England, and Spain, among others, and we look forward to connecting you with your fellow participants!
This year, we welcome Ted Atkatz, Casey Cangelosi, Pat Chapman, Wade Culbreath, James Doyle, Greg Goodall, Don Greene, Jason Haaheim, Matt Howard, Will Hudgins, Tim Jones, Parker Lee, George Nickson, Bailey O'Donnell, Lauren Teel, Shaun Tilburg, and Lynn Vartan.
Participants will work closely with TAPS Faculty in a variety of masterclass, private lesson, and Q&A scenarios.