Stewart’s percussion workshop, Control and Speed on the Snare Drum: Teaching and Evaluating a Relaxed Technique, at OMEA Counterpoint 2018 provides teachers with all the tools and confidence needed to effectively teach snare drum technique in band class.  Teachers will also discover a practical system for evaluation that guides students to greater control and speed on the instrument from their first play test on.


Friday, November 2 at 1:00-2:15


Hamilton Convention Centre,1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y2

Looking forward to meeting colleagues and talking percussion at the NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, NY.

In my workshop, Teaching a Relaxed Percussion Technique, I’ll explain :

  • an effective snare drum grip
  • playing with relaxed arms and hands
  • using the rebound off the drum for speed and control
  • using “lifts and levels” to play smooth dynamics

There will be lots of time to discuss any questions teachers might have about playing and teaching percussion!


“Teaching a Relaxed Percussion Technique”

Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 PM

Rochester Riverside Hotel, 120 E Main St, Rochester, NY

Frontier Room


Have a look at The Band Teacher’s Percussion Guide: Insights into Playing and Teaching Percussion (Oxford University Press) and bring any questions you may have about teaching percussion!

Friday, December 1 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E Main St, Rochester, NY

Join me Nov 3 at St. John’s booth in Huntsville to talk percussion & The Band Teacher’s

Saturday, April 8 at 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
St. John’s Music Toronto – 109 Vanderhoof Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4G2H7

Join Stewart as he introduces “The Band Teacher’s Percussion Guide: Insights into Playing and Teaching Percussion” (Oxford University Press), presents a workshop for current and future band teachers, and fields all your percussion questions.

  • 1:00-1:30 Welcome and Introduction
  • 1:30-2:00 Overview of “The Percussion Guide”: its contents and unique features; how to use the exercises for practise and evaluation; the components of Companion Website
  • 2:30-3:30 Workshop. Focusing on snare techniques, the grip, stroke; applying “Lifts and Levels” to rudiments; buzzing and rolls.

For band directors teaching students at all levels of experience.

“An exceptional, comprehensive work . . . The material is well organized and clearly presented.” — MORRIS LANG, New York Philharmonic, emeritus

“An indispensable teaching tool for high school music teachers who teach beginning percussion students. The pages are packed full of useful information and long awaited insights which will help integrate young percussionists into a successful and rewarding band program.”– DAVID FRIEDMAN, University of the Arts, Berlin

“This book will both deepen percussion techniques for band directors and refresh teaching concepts for the percussionist-studio teacher.”–RUTH CAHN, Senior Instructor in Percussion, Eastman Community Music School