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The purpose of the School of Percussive Arts is to create well versed future percussionists by providing students with versatile, effective, and successful instruction in conjunction with a thorough curriculum of percussion education. Our focus is on mastery of the fundamentals of music, drumming, listening, and reading music. Student success is cultivated through setting goals and learning to achieve the tasks necessary to reach those goals. The focus on objectives and aspirations will be a useful tool that will empower the student in not only his or her study of music but in many other aspects of life as well.

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Chattanooga’s premier choice of Percussion Education since 1983

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SOPA drum blog

This is a test blog entry. I am excited to launch this site. Stay tuned for upcoming articles about grooves, fills, motion, the first rudiments to learn, playing kicks, rudiments, rolls, drum set charts, and much more. Over the next couple of days I am testing how stuff appears, how it functions, how to format it, and how to create a library of downloadable pdfs.

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About SOPA

The School of Percussive Arts is about the students and their love of music. My passion is to provide students with versatile, effective, and successful instruction in conjunction with a thorough curriculum of percussion education. Students focus on mastery of the fundamentals of music, drumming, and reading skills. Student success is cultivated through setting goals and learning to achieve the tasks necessary to reach those goals. The focus on objectives and aspirations will be a useful tool that will empower the student in not only his or her study of music but in many other aspects of life as well.

I established the School of Percussive Arts (SOPA) in August 1983, upon returning to Chattanooga, Tennessee, from my years with the USMC Band in San Diego, California. I realized a great demand for a complete percussion instructor in Chattanooga–one who could teach snare drum, drum set, timpani, marching percussion, keyboard instruments, symphonic percussion, and auxiliary percussion. Some teaching facilities and schools need several teachers to be able to cover all of these areas. I gained exponential experience logging more than 1,000 appearances throughout the West Coast with the USMC Band, performing in a variety of genres on drum set and all percussion instruments. This experience laid a solid foundation for my versatility in all musical situations, styles, and venues. That foundation was built upon with over 28 additional years of experience in the percussion section and on the drum set for theChattanooga Symphony and Opera. I successfully pass this wisdom and experience on to all my SOPA students.

SOPA has been the premier source for percussion education in the Chattanooga area since 1983. Through private lessons, group lessons, clinics, workshops, percussion ensembles, and year-round percussion instruction in many high schools and middle schools in the Chattanooga area, I have had the opportunity to work with thousands of drummers. My guidance and teaching methods combined with the diligence and practice from my students, have created an unprecedented success among Chattanooga area drummers…and the numbers continue to grow each year.

SOPA is a one-stop destination in percussion studies. I take great pride in having extensive teaching and performance experience on all percussion instruments, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree Cum Laude with a Concentration in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. There is no need for multiple teachers in order to cover all areas of percussion studies.  I offer qualified, expert instruction for a reasonable price. SOPA is only geared to teach percussionists. Rather than a small, “learn any instrument” type facility, 100% of the attention and focus is on all things percussion and your needs as a percussion student.

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Chip’s Bio

Chip Hancock was born in Marietta, Georgia, and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He began playing drums in the third grade, and soon realized a love for percussion that would ultimately become his life’s passion.

Chip became an accomplished drummer early on, and began to share his expertise in percussion by teaching drum lessons in Chattanooga at the young age of 15. The next year, at 16, he auditioned and was awarded a Guaranteed Musician Option for the United States Marine Corps. Upon graduation from the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia, at the age of 18, he served in the USMC Band in San Diego, California, as Principal Percussion and Drum Set where he had the opportunity to perform for countless national and international dignitaries. Following his military service, Chip returned to teaching music and founded his School of Percussive Arts in Chattanooga in 1983. Since then, his students have won over 400 percussion positions in All-County and All-State Jazz Bands, Symphonic Bands and Orchestras, Georgia District 7 Honors Band, Chattanooga Youth Symphony Orchestra, and various Honors Bands. In addition to his private instruction, Chip is the Director of Percussion at The McCallie School. He also spent four years as Director of Percussion at Ridgeland High School and Rossville MS, six years as Director of Percussion, Pep Band, and Jazz Band at The Baylor School, and 14 years as Director of Percussion at Ringgold High School and RMS. Chip was the Director of Percussion from 1987 to 2012 at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School and LMS. Chip graduated Cum Laude from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science degree in Instrumental Music Education. Chip is not only a successful music teacher, but also an accomplished and seasoned performer. He was principle percussion and drum set with the USMC Band San Diego, and has traveled with the Beauty and the Beast European Tour, and the Evita European Tour. From 1985 – 2012, he performed with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, as a section percussionist and principal drum set. During his musical career, Chip has been fortunate to perform with numerous local acts in San Diego, California, Atlanta, Georgia, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, and with many musical greats to include:

Michael McDonaldAl JarreauAmerica
Bela FleckMoody BluesThree Dog Night
Dave BrubeckArt GarfunkelTravis Tritt
Roberta FlackKenny RogersThe Temptations
Patti LuPoneMelba MooreRobert Goulet
Victor BorgeBob HopeRandy Newman
The Smothers
Brothers
Shari LewisBeatlemania
Eileen IversRicky SkaggsThe Platters
Ben E. KingThe Kingston TrioThe Impressions
The Gatlin BrothersGeorge S. ClintonThe Platters
The Phantom’s
Leading Ladies
Bravo BroadwayDavid Ragsdale
Peter NeroKim CriswellJoan Faulkner
The MachinePeter VoglGary Guthman
Ringling Brothers/
Barnum and Bailey
Circus
Scott HoltWilliam Aura

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Summer Drummer Days

Summer Drummer Days is a series of summer drum camps each summer. There are full day percussion camps, drum set camps, percussion ensemble camps, and half day elementary camps. These camps are the first 4 weeks of June, and the 2 weeks after 4th of July.

Summer Drummer Days

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General Percussion Lessons

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Snare Drum Lessons


  • Snare Drum Fundamentals
    • Snare and set students start here
      to create a solid foundation.
  • General Snare Drum Focus
    • Students study the fundamentals of
      symphonic and rudimental styles.
  • Symphonic Snare Drum Focus
    • Lighter style with closed (buzz) rolls.
      This style is utilized in concert bands,
      orchestras, and percussion ensembles.
  • Rudimental Snare Drum Focus
    • Heavier style with open (double stroke)
      rolls. This style is utilized in marching
      bands, drum corps, indoor drum lines,
      and marching percussion ensembles.


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Auxiliary Percussion Lessons