The National Association of Percussion Teachers was established by a group of like-minded percussionists and drummers who wanted to share their knowledge, learn from others and create a network of excellence in drum and percussion teaching throughout the United Kingdom. These were the values of the founders and the association confirmed a constitution at the first meeting in 1986.
There was an initial surge of enthusiasm and some years of activity but there were also some years of stagnation (the typical pattern in any organisation) and I am please to report that the NAPT is growing again. This is mainly due to the time and energy of the committee who saw the need to refresh the association especially with regard to the online resources. A new website has been created and this, along with a Facebook page, is now the main communication channel for the work of the association.
The newsletter has also gone digital and to celebrate this event the first edition featured YouTube favourites, reviews of apps that can enhance the teaching experience as well as articles and music. As the editor of the newsletter I am always looking for article regarding teaching, running a business, the health and welfare of teachers and students… and if you have any articles you would like to share then please get in touch (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Any group is only as strong as the membership and should reflect the needs and concerns of those members and with this in mind many of the committee will be attending the RNCM Day of Percussion next month. If you are a member please introduce yourself and if after reading this you would like to become a member we would be happy to talk to you.
To join this network and be part of discussions about common concerns please visit http://www.napt.org.uk/
The association will also be holding their annual general meeting during the lunch break of the Royal Northern College of Music Day of Percussion on Sunday 8th February. Full details of the events on the day can be found at http://www.rncm.ac.uk/festivals/rncm-day-of-percussion/ and the full brochure is at http://www.rncm.ac.uk/uploads/Day_of_Percussion15.pdf
As well as the AGM the association will have a stand, if you are near Manchester on that day please visit the stand and talk to members and the committee during the day. Being an instrumental teacher can be a solitary life and the National Association of Percussion Teachers is working to give advice, guidance and a point of contact for drum and percussion teachers so that you’re not alone. Join the network and get the benefits.
© P.R.Birkby 2015