Percussionists have always been the subject of much controversy in the music world. Tests have shown and band directors will tell you that percussionists are often far behind the wind players in musicianship. Many percussionists can perform with technical excellence, but do not have the musicianship that is present in many wind players.
This paper presents a study of a group of 14 percussionists from the Hastings Middle School. These students were randomly divided into two groups. One group was the control group and had lessons that were only technical in nature, while the second group, the experimental group, had lessons that encompassed all aspects of musicianship.