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Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart


Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager for Yamaha Percussion and advocate for all things percussion, is a nationally recognized performer, composer and educator. Dr. Gerhart holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, an M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting, and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach. Before joining Yamaha, Dr. Gerhart was a Yamaha Performing Artist. He now travels the U.S. talking percussion and sharing his passion for music education. In his free time, he teaches at the CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra and has published works for percussion and steel drum ensembles.

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Young percussion students who are studying with a private instructor usually study solo on marimba, snare drum, drum set or timpani. Ensemble playing techniques are usually something that are acquired later in high school – and unfortunately, the percussion

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“I should have a spent a couple more minutes on that measure.” “I could play it in the practice room. Why can’t I play it during my lesson?” These are common statements that I hear from students of keyboard percussion instruments (such

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As a percussionist, there are three things that we should always be working on. I know it is naive to believe that these are the only things to be working on, but if you can continue to improve these

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Here’s a translation of some of the acronyms and terms you see used in descriptions of Yamaha Percussion products: ABS™ (Articulated Back Support) Carrier The articulated back support (ABS) carrier, designed by Randall May International, is a feature on the higher-end

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We created this guide to help students learn more about mallet percussion and help them develop their knowledge and musicality, thus establishing a solid foundation on which to build technical and musical skills. It is designed to act as

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