Learn about the new UPC Workshop

The University Pedagogy Committee promotes and enhances the exploration, improvement, elevation, and facilitation of the craft of percussion at every level of college teaching. The purpose of the Pedagogy Workshop is to attract, learn from, develop, collaborate, and foster new strategies in percussion pedagogy. The workshop will provide opportunities for networking as well as professional development. Individuals can apply to P.O.P.P, participate in hands-on, small group discussions, and be a participant in mock interviews.

Presentations on Percussion Pedagogy (P.O.P.P.)

P.O.P.P. will provide pre-tenured university faculty members – including part-time and adjunct faculty members – and doctoral candidates with the opportunity to present research.

Application to P.O.P.P. is limited to pre-tenured faculty and graduate students. Eligible individuals may apply to present a 10-minute session on a wide array of pedagogical topics. Once presentations have concluded, there will be a rotating roundtable discussion where presenters may further discuss their topic and answer questions. Applicants must have an active PAS Membership.

Deadline to apply to present was May 31, 2022.

Schedule of events

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM: Mock Job Interviews

9:00 AM – 9:40 AM: Master Pedagogue Series with guest speaker Michael Udow

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM: International Percussion Ensemble Competition Showcase Concert with Texas Christian University

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: P.O.P.P. Presentations

  • 11:30 AM: “Tangible Goals of Higher Education” – Matthew Geiger
  • 11:45 AM: “Targeted Applied Lessons Instruction for Undergraduate Music Education Majors” – McKayla Phillips
  • 12:00 PM: “The Challenges and Opportunities of Working at a Community College” – Ben Neal
  • 12:15 PM: “Brain Drain: Improving Reading Through an Active use of Music Theory” – Brady Spitz
  • 12:30 PM: “Two Points of Pressure: Utilizing Touch for Tone and Control” – James Vilseck
  • 12:45 PM: “Planning for Success” – Tyree Hastings

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: P.O.P.P. Roundtable Discussions

How to Participate

When & Where

The UPC Workshop will take place on Thursday, November 10 from 7:45 AM – 2:15 PM at the Westin Council meeting room.


The UPC Workshop will be limited to 50 participants. Though there is no additional fee to attend the workshop, participants must be registered for PASIC 2022.

Mock Job Interview

A total of 6 mock job interview applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. The mock job interview is geared towards pre-tenured university faculty members – including part-time and adjunct faculty members – and doctoral candidates.

To stay up-to-date on when applications open, please follow the PAS University Pedagogy Committee page on Facebook.