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Episode Info: Percussionist Cameron Leach and I have a great show for you today!  In addition to some great practice tips, Cameron elaborates on some very important topics, including how to clearly communicate to our audience through intentional and empathetic performing, why students must take ownership of their own learning experience, and why musicians need to be great friends to each other! I love Cameron’s perspective on those topics, and I hope you enjoy our discussion! Cameron elaborates on: His journey to a solo career – starting in drumcor, doing a music education degree, and transitioning to performance after a chance encounter How he organizes his practice – having to handle so many instruments Why he likes to practice hungry What it is like to have to learn a wide variety of percussion instruments Ho he transfers the sound concepts from one instrument to the next Different practice modes in practice: Learning mode “Emoting” mode Why he thinks it’s important to consider how you are sending your musical message and how it is received by your listeners Clear emotional communication How documenting his practice on video helped him release stress and was a creative outlet Why it’s important to keep the sound of the hall in mind when we practice How recording ourselves helps us narrow our focus on specific elements in our practice His 3 key words – inquisitive, intentional, empathetic How students must take ownership of their learning experience (SCHOOLS CAN’T TECH YOU EVERYTHING!) during their degree and remain inquisitive AFTER they’ve graduated (Pssst! We’re all lifelong learners!!!!)     More about Cameron: Website: YouTube channel: Facebook page: Instagram:   Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music by Angela Myles Beeching The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield   BIOGRAPHY American percussionist Cameron Leach is a bold, high-energy performer acclaimed for his expressive virtuosity, musical athleticism, and daring interpretations. An engaging and thoughtful soloist, Leach has concertized across the United States, Canada, and Europe. He frequently appears as a guest artist at some of the world’s finest institutions, including the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and Norwegian Academy of Music. Leach recently won both the Percussive Arts Society International Solo Artist Competition and Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, in addition to receiving the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Along with his active touring schedule, he regularly performs with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and serves on the faculty of Kent State University. Leach is endorsed by Black Swamp Percussion, Beetle P...
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