5 Tips for Nailing Your Audition

Keep On and Carry On Red

A lot of Pulsers are gearing up for county honor band auditions this weekend... and I find that I keep repeating the same advice over and over, so I thought I'd share it with you here!  : )   1. Dress Appropriately Not school clothes, but not concert attire, either.  I suppose that's what they call "business casual"? INSIDER SECRET: … [Read more...]

Gift Ideas for Percussionists

EDU Stick Pack

Parents often ask me about gift recommendations for the percussionist in their family around this time of year. So I've taken out some of the guess work for you and put together a list of the LOWEST PRICES I could find for the quality recommendations I give to my students, ranging from equipment to lessons. Percussionist Must Have's Practice Pad … [Read more...]

Help! I Can’t Stand My Nagging Parents!

Teen Boy Stressed

The other day, I had a student show up to his private percussion lesson a few minutes late. Before I could even ask him how he was doing, he looked me straight in the eye and completely burst into tears as if he’d been holding them in forever. “What’s going on, man?” I asked him – yeah right like I could pretend like nothing was … [Read more...]

How to Play Easy Bucket Music

Coach K Bucket Teach

Grab a bucket & sticks and join Coach K in the videos below to learn how to play some easy-but-epic bucket music! Enjoy jamming on buckets?   Check out the Teen Pulse Bucket Brigade and Trashers performing groups in your area! … [Read more...]

Coffee Klatch Performance

Teen Pulse Trashers & Jazz Combo Summer 2012

The Teen Pulse Trashers and Jazz Combo performed at the Coffee Klatch on July 18th, 2012.  In case you missed it, I’ll catch you up on it! The Trashers introduced Teen Pulse when they played one of their pieces to start off the show, the Jazz Combo then played Little Sunflower, Misty, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, and Watermelon Man. The … [Read more...]

Moving Forward After A Mistake


When you were little, did you ever rip up a picture you’d worked really hard on just because you colored a little out of the lines? I’ve had a lot of experiences like this throughout my life and I am just now beginning to regret it. When I was in high school, I wanted to be a writer.  I would spend hours devouring e.e. cummings and Charles … [Read more...]

Artist Success Story — Stephen Siemens

Photo by RK Studios

Who are you and what do you do? I'm Stephen Siemens, and I draw & animate.  I graduated from UCR in 2011 with a Business Administration degree and a minor in Computer Science.  Now I work as a videographer/editor/animator, which is also how I spend most of my free time.  I also meditate and drink green tea. What are you passionate … [Read more...]

The “If, Then” Game


Early on in life, we learn the power of if, then statements in a very simple and and innocent way.  For example, in math class we use if, then to learn logic.  If a = b and b=c, then a=c.  Harmless, right? However, it doesn’t end there.  It goes on and on.  We play it in every area of our life: relationships, career, health, and money. If … [Read more...]

100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

Teen Texting

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the "100 Deadliest Days" for teen drivers. With graduations and summer around the corner, the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are statistically the deadliest for teens. AT&T found that 97% of teens know texting while driving is dangerous, but about 50% still do it anyway.  But it's not just … [Read more...]

4 Ways To Pick Yourself Up After A Failure


No one likes to fail.  I know I don’t.  Whether it’s at school, at home, or in another area of your life, failure hurts, and it can also cost you time, money, or both. But what we have to remember is that failure is a normal part of life.  If you never, ever suffer a failure, then you’re probably not pushing yourself to your full … [Read more...]