"I applied for the USP in order further explore the field of percussion. In doing the program, I hope to learn more about the field of percussion and the skills necessary to complete a research project. This year, I hope to become a better performer and hopefully get my research published."
Music, Percussion, and The Marimba.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Friends of Music Scholarship
- Atlanta Gator Club Scholarship
Hobbies and Interests
- Music, foreign language and culture, technology, and LGBT issues.
Mallet Theories and Facts to Aid the Marimbist
Mallets are the primary way a percussionist is able to play his or her instrument, especially when playing the Marimba. Additionally, mallets come in all shapes and sizes with varying levels of hardness and weight. Not only is each mallet unique, but there are also hundreds of types to choose from. For example, mallets can be varying levels of hard and / or soft, they can be wrapped at the tip by a myriad of materials, their cores can be made of different types of rubber or wood, and their shafts can be made of different types of wood. These factors all affect the mallet’s overall sound product. The way a performer holds his or her mallets affects their ability to play the Marimba and certain sounds can only be achieved by holding them a certain way. Mallet choice and technique are the most important factors when it comes to getting certain sounds and dynamics out of the Marimba. This research project is aimed towards learning and applying information about mallet choice and technique as they relate to a percussionist in order to simplify the process a performer goes through to prepare for a performance. I plan to focus on researching the techniques and opinions of famous marimbists, such as Keiko Abe, and have my work published in a renown percussion editorial. With this experience, I hope to become a much better performer through the knowledge I gain and hopefully contribute something to the community of percussive arts.