RC Instructor Mike Gould honored with Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize
Apr 29, 2013
• The Drum Diaries: Inspiring and Integrating Exploration and Practice — Michael Gould, associate professor of jazz and contemporary improvisation, School of Music, Theatre & Dance and Residential College, LSA.
The project provides access to vast collections of audio and visual music recordings through one technological device. Digital tablets now offer opportunities to surpass the predominant format typically available to new players of instruments — the method book plus CD.
With the Drum Diaries iBook loaded on an iPad propped on a music stand, a student can quickly switch from reading, seeing or hearing to playing along or improvising. Music methodology, technique, styles and history all can be integrated with examples, practice tips and hyperlinks.
Gould’s work heading percussion clinics and master classes, as well as online drum lessons inform the instruction. Skype clinics with external students who have been immersed in the Drum Diaries have shown that these students master material much more rapidly and ask more penetrating questions about specific techniques or styles than students who have worked only with printed method books.
“The curriculum of Drum Diaries provides a new and different challenge each day, with the goal of kick-starting one’s own creative process,” one student wrote.