Virtual BAND- Beginner Percussion

In this 1 time per week, full-semester course, we will once a week to learn the basics of playing percussion, basic melodies, rudiments, and different parts and we will finish the semester with a virtual concert!
Valerie Kosa
141 total reviews for this teacher
New class

55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 12 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Sep 12

Sep 12 - Nov 28 (12 weeks)
7:30pm - 8:25pm

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Class Experience

Students will learn the fundamentals of playing percussion (not just drums), posture, hand position, basic rudiments and tone production. Learners will learn or reinforce the skills of reading music on the treble and/or bass clef including notes and rhythms and will learn how to take care of their instrument and how to play using a metronome to stay on beat. Learners will identify time signatures and key signatures. Learners will be able to identify dynamics and other musical markings as used in each piece of music we study as we play. Learners will be able to perform a virtual concert combining all of the skills they have learned their first semester and will be able to move up to the intermediate band class. 
As a band director for ten years, teaching in the public school setting as well as teaching individual private lessons, I have gained a varied skill set and a love of all things music and band. I graduated in 2000 from the University of North Texas and have had many years of professional development and practice as both an assistant band director and head band director in the public school setting. I have since left teaching to pursue teaching as a homeschool educator of my own children. As a YouTube content creator, I have learned how to create and edit videos including adjusting sound quality. These two passions are combining to serve the online learning community by providing a safe way for students to learn music as a fine art and to be able to have the shared experience of performance. Music has been my passion since I was a child and I knew by age 12 that I would teach music. I love to share the fine arts with everyone and look forward to an amazing community experience. 
Learners will need to practice what is learned for 20 minutes at least five times per week. If reinforcement is needed with music theory, worksheets will be provided to help. Learners will also need to be able to record themselves playing our concert pieces outside of class using the metronome and headphones that we will learn to use so that Ms. Valerie can edit our performance together to create our virtual band performance. I will also create practice logs, worksheets and exercises as needed and will post into the classroom.
Learners will need to purchase or rent a band percussion kit from a reputable source or currently have one in your household. Please note, we will not be learning how to play on a drum set in this course. If you have one already, that's probably the best option for your learner. Please contact me for information on how to find a good new or used percussion. Please do not buy one from Amazon or eBay or Walmart if you do not know what it is or where it is made. Oftentimes these inexpensive instruments will break within a week or two and learners will be left saddened that they are unable to find a repair person to fix their instrument and will be unable to participate in class. By renting an instrument from a company such as Music & Arts ( or your local music store, the cost is significantly less and learners will have the confidence to know if something breaks, they can easily take it in for repair. Plus, if for some reason they do not want to continue in January, you can return the clarinet to the store. In addition to their instrument, learners will need (if you already own something similar, that is fine too):

Here is a link to one at for your reference or to rent/purchase:
Metronome/Tuner Combo (affiliate link)
SD1 General Drumsticks (affiliate link)
Bell Mallets
A Chair where the learner can sit with feet flat on the floor and back nice and straight and tall
Essential Elements Percussion (affiliate link)
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Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Our big assessment is our concert where we will combine all of our knowledge into a final package to share with our families and friends. In addition, we will have daily checks where individuals will practice their skills so they can be evaluated and supported. We will always be assessing our basic fundamentals through visual cues and auditory cues. Learners must feel comfortable on camera as I must be able to see their posture, hand position and embouchure the entire time we are in class.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Parents who enroll must sign a video release stating they understand and agree that learners will be captured on video for our final performance. (The video will be hosted as a private video on YouTube, meaning only those that are given the link may view it and only those registered in the class will be given the link, but it may be used for marketing purposes on Outschool.


Valerie KosaExperienced Music Educator and Homeschool Mom
141 total reviews
137 completed classes

About Me

I have always been a teacher and explorer and received my bachelor's degree in music education in 2000. Teaching in the public school system as an accomplished band director for nearly a decade was rewarding; however, I wanted more for myself and... 
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