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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, 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 US talking percussion and sharing his passion for music education. In his free time, he teaches at the CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra and has works published for percussion and steel drum ensembles.



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 when they are learning

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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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