How useful is your timpani?
September 27, 2012 at 9:38 am #12892
I’m a k8 general music teacher and we also do band. I’m considering getting a timpany, because they are awesome, but we have limited storage space so it may end up in the corner of my classroom. Those of you who have them, do you find that their usefullness outweighs their space-taking-up qualities?September 27, 2012 at 10:26 am #12894
Yes. If you only had beginning band, I’d say no need for timpani (my percussionists definitely don’t learn timp in the should suffice. I think that if you have two drums, 26″ and 29″ are the sizes to go for? Generally, middle school percussionists will use pitches from about F to Eb.October 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm #13401
I agree with schmidmana604. I am a percussionist myself and I believe for beginning band timpani are not necessary, but should definitely be used in 7th & 8th grade band. If you get into music that calls for timpani in 6th grade I do not see why you can’t use that time to introduce the students to timpani. 26″ and 29″ are standard timpani sizes and only having two will save on storage space. Although the head sizes stay the same, timpani can come in different bulkiness from model to model and there are even portable timpani that you can put into boxes and stack (maybe just two high), but will cut down on storage space and you may even be able to get four (which is optimal, and the next two sizes to get would be 23” & 32”). You can definitely get by with only two timpani, but sometimes you will have to deal with three or four different pitches in a piece and then the issue becomes “can the students change pitches fast enough?” Or, you will have to choose which pitches get played. Students may build a bad habit of not re-tuning drums for different pitches which negates the integrity of the music. If you can afford timpani for your 6th graders and up, get them! Timpani are a major part of the percussion family, and music family in general, and not having them will be doing your students a disservice.October 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm #13412
I just realized that my post was a jumble, and I just wanted to apologize. It was supposed to read
“(my percussionists definitely don’t learn timpani in 5th grade). You don’t necessarily need a full set of timpani for junior high band; just two timpani should suffice.”
Sorry about that- it drives me crazy to see incorrect/unproofed writing from TEACHERS, and there I go doing it myself. Shame on me.
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