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Developed for today's dedicated and progressive drum teachers, Hudson Music's new Teacher Integration Program (TIP) is intended to advance drum education by helping instructors integrate traditional and new media in private, commercial and institutional teaching situations. The program has been created by leading educators and professionals and features a wealth of free, online resources, support and networking possibilities.

"By learning how to better utilize a wider variety of contemporary instructional media, teachers will be able to make lessons more fun, interactive, effective and relevant for their students while expanding their teaching practices," explains TIP program manager, Mike Sorrentino. "In simple terms, TIP is designed to help teachers and their students grow further and faster."

The core of the TIP program is a series of downloadable Teacher's Guides containing in-depth information as well as examples of how to augment book-based learning with a new generation of DVDs and other forms of media such as CDs, MP3s, audio and video recording, music technology and the internet. Currently available Guides include:

  • The Code of Funk (Book+CD) by David Garibaldi
  • Musical Drumming (DVD) by Gregg Bissonette
  • Secret Weapons For The Modern Drummer (DVD) by Jojo Mayer
  • Drumset Technique/History of the U.S. Beat (DVD) by Steve Smith
  • Groove Essentials 1.0 (DVD & Book+CD) by Tommy Igoe


Additional TIP resources include:

  • Online Interviews, Teachers' Forums, Roundtables and Discussion Groups
  • Suggestions and Advice from the TIP Advisory Board
  • TIP Welcome Pack, including a Certificate, Sticker Sheet, Lesson Planner and Hudson DVD Sampler


A TIP Advisory Board, made up of representatives from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, geographic locations, and teaching practices, has been established to provide input and oversight. The Board features a roster of well-known drummers/teachers as well as full time educators, including:

  • Carl Allen (artist/educator)
  • Neil Garthly (Academy of Drums, NJ)
  • Donny Greundler (PIT, Hollywood, CA)
  • Steve Houghton (Indiana University-Bloomington, President PAS)
  • Sherri Maricle (Director of Education, New York Pops)
  • Allison Miller (artist/educator)
  • Rod Morgenstein (artist/educator)
  • John Ramsay (Berklee School of Music, Boston, MA)
  • Peter Retzlaff (Drumers Collective, New York, NY)
  • Jeff Salem (artist/educator)
  • Ed Soph (North Texas State University, Denton, TX)


Membership in this exciting, new drum education program is completely free with registration at www.hudsonmusic.com/tip.

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