Monthly percussion recitals showcase student talent

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Lifestyle Reporter
Haley Wares, music studies sophomore, performs April 6 for the Percussion Recital at the Music Building.

Student percussionists practiced their performance skills in front of a live audience at a recent studio recital.

The Texas State School of Music held its third Percussion Studio Recital from 6-7 p.m. on Monday.

Kari Klier, senior lecturer the School of Music, said she created the recital to help her students expand their skills in front of an audience. Klier said the event was open to the public with free admission.

Klier said the last recital was held five weeks ago. The recitals are a monthly event in room 236 of the Music Building.

Klier said she teaches a group of private students in one-on-one percussion lessons for their individual degree plans. She teaches each student for three hours per day.  

Juan Mago, music performance sophomore, said percussion is unique among the instrumentation used in ensembles.

“Percussion is another classification of instruments,” Mago said. “It has to do with instruments that pertain to hitting things.”

Mago said the musicians choose the songs they perform. He performed a piece called “Ameline” by Eric Sammut. He said the recital allows the community to see the work put in by the percussionists.

Mago said he wants to be involved in an orchestra.

“If (the song) moves me and I want to listen to it again, then I would want to play it,” Mago said. “(The recital) is to showcase where our studio is at talent-wise.”

John Davis, music studies sophomore, said Klier helps her students pick pieces that are fun to perform. Davis performed a solo called “Prelude Nuevo” by Gene Koshinski.

Davis said performing in the recital is mandatory for the student musicians involved.

Brian Lindsey, music performance junior, said the students worked on a marimba. He said the marimba is one of the keyboard instruments the School of Music uses for percussion performances.

“They use the marimba because it is the best instrument they have,” Lindsay said.

Lindsay said Klier has helped teach him to be a confident musician.

Davis said being involved in percussion may often seem simple, but the craft is more complex than it appears.

“I’ve learned that there is a lot of instruments involved in percussion,” said Davis. “It’s not as easy as it looks.”

Davis said he aspires to teach a marching band at a middle school.

Mago said staying dedicated to learning various instruments is one of the most challenging aspects of percussion.  

“You have to constantly learn each instrument,” Mago said. “It is constant upbeat on every area.”