Mallet Percussion Ensemble (MPF4106.01)

Michael Wimberly

Mallet Percussion Ensemble continues to perform folkloric, classical, modern, and global genres of music while composing and developing original work. The goal for each student is to become familiar with all of the mallet keyboard instruments, which include the marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, and African balafon. Our coursework will link music theory, improvisation, and composition through the practice of playing scales, arpeggios, modes, and chord progressions while adapting and arranging various select repertoire. Rehearsing individually, attending group lab, and scheduling lessons is highly recommended and expected. Presenting solo and ensemble works-in-progress for music workshop and campus events are encouraged.

Overview and Outcomes: The percussion mallet ensemble will learn existing repertoire (TBA) while creating original composition assignments for the mallet keyboard, in addition to composing a collective work. Students should have a working knowledge of this instrument. Auditions for this course are required.


Learning Outcomes:
• Collaboration through the ensemble experience
• Composing original work for mallet keyboards
• Advancing individual mallet keyboard technique
• Attending a masterclass for mallet keyboard TBA
• Attending a concert of original compositions for the keyboard at Bennington Museum TBA
• Performing for Bennington Project Independence (BPI) – off campus event TBA



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Students must audition for entry into this course by contacting mwimberly@bennington.edu. Prerequisites include a functional knowledge of this instrument, some knowledge of scales, basic theory, and an interest in composing. Auditions will be held May 9 and 10th. Students should be prepared to play a marimba or vibraphone piece. If you do not have one, be prepared to play scales and arpeggios.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 3:40PM - 5:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 6
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Performance
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