Steve Houghton

The Easiest Drumset Method Ever! By Dave Black and Steve Houghton.
Three irresistible drum experts-a clever, classical dog, one cool cat, and a friendly alligator-keep students' attention focused by pointing out what's important on each page and help make learning music fun! This full-color book is specifically designed with attention-grabbing illustrations for use with kids at the elementary level. 48 pages.


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by Steve Houghton / Linda Petersen 2003
GIA Publications, Inc.
Finally! A comprehensive percussion method book for college music education majors! This fantastic resource includes two CDs demonstrating the proper way to practice rudiments, play-along tracks, accompaniment tracks, extended world percussion examples, and much more. Written by the master percussionist and educator team of Steve Houghton and Linda Petersen, the entire course can be completed in one semester. Here's why you'll use Play and Teach Percussionthroughout your teaching career: - Concert percussion instruments and accessories are introduced with illustrations, specific instructions, CD sound models, etudes, play-along tracks, and more. - Numerous percussion ensembles provide musical experiences and flexibility. - Drum set coordination exercises teach jazz swing, rock, rhythm and blues, and Latin styles in a systematic method for success. - African, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian instruments and music examples feature illustrations, music examples, and extended play-along tracks. - Rubric-based Skills Assessment pages help you diagnose problems and offer concise solutions. - Portfolio ideas will augment your music teaching resources. Carefully correlated with the National Standards for Music Education, the book also includes numerous ways to incorporate composition and improvisation into a regular rehearsal. Regardless of your specialization, you'll use Play and Teach Percussion frequently throughout your teaching career.



Designed to Build the Vocabulary and Confidence of the Aspiring Drumset Performer, by Steve Houghton and Wendell Yuponce.


Techniques such as time-keeping, soloing, effective filling, phrasing, and chart reading are all studied, demonstrated and presented in a play-along format. This book will challenge, inspire, enlighten and, most of all, let the drum set player create and improvise

The Drum Set Soloist was written to provide drummers with the practice material to approach any solo, in any style, with ease. Techniques such as trading, playing over vamps and playing over kicks (or figures) are examined, demonstrated and made available in a CD play-along format.

Music by Steve Houghton and Tom Warrington

Alfred MasterTracks Blues is an exciting play-along package featuring a hot rhythm section of today's top studio musicians. The book and CD package contain 12 extended tracks in a wide range of up-to-date grooves, styles and keys complete with charts indicating the harmonic and rhythmic structure. Perfect for school or individual use, Alfred MasterTracks is a great way for improvisers of all levels to fine-tune their craft while playing along with an awesome rhythm section!

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Drumset 101 is a contemporary approach to playing the drums by veteran authors Dave Black and Steve Houghton. Inside, aspiring drummers will find in-depth, easy-to-understand introductions to such topics as groove patterns, snare drum & bass drum independence, and drum fills in context. The book contains written charts for every tune, and a play-along CD with 40 multi-stylistic tracks that can be used to strengthen time keeping, improve ensemble playing, clarify phrasing and expand the player's knowledge of styles.


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Released: 1985
The purpose of this book is to provide the drummer with the fundamental skills to perform in a studio orchestra, big band, show band, or small combo. The book includes concepts, ideas and philosophies concerning how to play musically with any type of ensemble.
The book contains a collection of drum parts which will provide an overview of the different drum part "formats" one might encounter. In addition, there is a cassette tape designed to demonstrate common fills and setups.
Ideally, the book will serve as a reference point and will prepare the player for most reading situations.
This book is extremely useful in providing the drummer with the fundamental skills to perform in a studio orchestra, big band, show band or small combo. It includes concepts, ideas and philosophies concerning how to play musically with any type of ensemble. Ideally, this book will prepare the drummer for most reading situations. Written by drumset master Steve Houghton who is well known as an instructor, performer and recording artist and from his numerous clinics as a staff clinician for Yamaha Drums. This comphrensive book comes with plastic covered wire binding so the book lays flat while you play along with the written examples.
Book Includes:

  • Definitions of common terms and phrases
  • Exercises in articulation, phrasing, set-ups/fills
  • Recordings of numerous written examples from the book showing common ensemble figures and passages.
  • Play-along drum parts to 10 Big Band & Studio formats recorded on the 2 CD's
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This diverse collection of drum charts comes with a CD of accompaniments recorded both with drums for demonstration and without drums for playing along, and includes analyses and performance suggestions. Performance settings like big band, small group, live shows, Broadway, studio work, dance jobs and cruise ships are discussed in terms of responsibilities, challenges, expectations, awareness and problem areas. 72 pages.


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This video provides the drummer with strong, overall skills for reading drum set charts. Houghton uses a detailed approach in discussing musical definitions, stylized reading, set-up techniques, sight-reading concepts, ensemble playing skills, and chart analysis.

Houghton uses 22 actual charts to demonstrate various problems and trouble spots in reading drum charts. The collection covers almost every reading situation and format the drummer might encounter.

Essential Styles Books 1 and 2 are two unique Book and CD packages that will teach you 50 popular grooves - and give you a chance to play along with some of the hottest session players. Each book emphasizes the most important aspects of solid group playing: "locking-in" between the drummer and bassist, and providing a strong rhythmic foundation and creating an authentic feel for whatever the style demands. Book 2 also includes numerous open choruses of comping so other players can practice their solo work along with you.

Essential Styles Books 1 and 2 are two unique Book and CD packages that will teach you 50 popular grooves - and give you a chance to play along with some of the hottest session players. Each book emphasizes the most important aspects of solid group playing: "locking-in" between the drummer and bassist, and providing a strong rhythmic foundation and creating an authentic feel for whatever the style demands. Book 2 also includes numerous open choruses of comping so other players can practice their solo work along with you.

A musical band method for mixed and like-instrument classes

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A musical band method for mixed and like-instrument classes.

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Book & CD

Three irresistible drum experts-a clever, classical dog, one cool cat, and a friendly alligator-keep students' attention focused by pointing out what's important on each page and help make learning music fun! This full-color book is specifically designed with attention-grabbing illustrations for use with kids at the elementary level. 48 pages.

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Starter Kit (Sound-shape included)

Three irresistible drum experts-a clever, classical dog, one cool cat, and a friendly alligator-keep students' attention focused by pointing out what's important on each page and help make learning music fun! This full-color book is specifically designed with attention-grabbing illustrations for use with kids at the elementary level. 48 pages.

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Three irresistible drum experts-a clever, classical dog, one cool cat, and a friendly alligator-keep students' attention focused by pointing out what's important on each page and help make learning music fun! This full-color book is specifically designed with attention-grabbing illustrations for use with kids at the elementary level. 48 pages.

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Alfred's Kid's Drum Course is a fun method that teaches you to play rhythms and songs on a variety of drums and sound sources, including many simple, inexpensive objects found around your home. With two accompanying CDs that always let you hear how the music should sound, each lesson is explained in plain language that's easy to understand. Plus, you get to learn from three irresistible drum experts -- a clever, classical dog, one cool cat, and a friendly alligator. They keep your attention focused by pointing out what's important on each page and help you learn by making music fun! Parents can be effective guides to help you through this course, even if they've never had any musical training themselves. Plus, you can play along with the great-sounding accompaniments on the enclosed CDs and feel like you're performing with a real band! Get ready to take your first, best step toward a lifetime of musical enjoyment.

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Steve Houghton and multi-faceted percussionist George Nishigomi have collaborated to bring you the first total percussion series, one that offers practice and performance pieces for four different percussion instruments.

The Percussion Recital Series provides the percussionist with recital-type pieces that can be prepared in a short amount of time. The CD accompaniments offer an array of exciting, contemporary tracks, using many styles and grooves. The solos, while diverse, address many technical and musical aspects of the instrument. The also vary in degree of difficulty so soloists can enjoy them an any level and gradually progress with their solo skills.


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Book and CD

By Steve Houghton and George Nishigomi

A collection of five recital-type pieces that can be prepared in a short amount of time. The solos are very diverse, yet address many technical and musical aspects of the instrument. The CD accompaniments offer an array of exciting, contemporary tracks, using many styles and grooves. The solos vary in degree of difficulty so soloists can enjoy them at any level and gradually progress with their solo skills.

Steve Houghton and multi-faceted percussionist George Nishigomi have collaborated to bring you the first total percussion series, one that offers practice and performance pieces for four different percussion instruments.

The Percussion Recital Series provides the percussionist with recital-type pieces that can be prepared in a short amount of time. The CD accompaniments offer an array of exciting, contemporary tracks, using many styles and grooves. The solos, while diverse, address many technical and musical aspects of the instrument. The also vary in degree of difficulty so soloists can enjoy them an any level and gradually progress with their solo skills.

Steve Houghton and multi-faceted percussionist George Nishigomi have collaborated to bring you the first total percussion series, one that offers practice and performance pieces for four different percussion instruments.

The Percussion Recital Series provides the percussionist with recital-type pieces that can be prepared in a short amount of time. The CD accompaniments offer an array of exciting, contemporary tracks, using many styles and grooves. The solos, while diverse, address many technical and musical aspects of the instrument. The also vary in degree of difficulty so soloists can enjoy them an any level and gradually progress with their solo skills.

OCEANUS is a showcase for a drumset player with some chops on mallets. Side 1 of the tape includes a complete version so the player can hear how it sounds when Steve plays it; side 2 contains click track and the solo accompaniment for the soloist to play along with in the performance. OCEANUS, which moves throught a variety of popular styles, goes a step beyond similar pieces because it showcases the complete percussionist. A must for senior and graduate recital programs!

FARMER'S TRUST - SMP 204 - Grade 2 - $20.00
Pat Metheny / arr. by Steve Houghton and Tom Warrington One of Pat's most beautiful ballads. A sensitive melody, beautifully arranged. Written for vibraphone, two marimbas (plus opt. bass marimba or string bass) and drum set. Good for beginning mallet work)


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MINUANO (SIX EIGHT) - SMP 203 - Grade 5 - $40.00
Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays / arr. by Bob CurnowThis is a fantastic masterwork by Pat and Lyle. The piece is a real tour de force at 7 minutes in length. If you're looking for a challenge, this is it! Written for vibraphone, three marimbas, bass, drum set and three auxiliary percussion.


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(IT'S JUST) TALK - SMP 202 - Grade 3 - $25.00
Pat Metheny / arr. by Steve Houghton and Tom Warrington Pat never wrote a happier tune. This piece just romps and stomps through a great latin/rock groove. Written for vibraphone, two marimbas, bass, drum set and three auxiliary percussion.


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PHASE DANCE - SMP 201 - Grade 4 - $25.00 Pat Metheny / arr. by Steve Houghton and Tom Warrington.
This is one of Pat's earliest "hits" with his group. It adapts extremely well to the percussion ensemble instrumentation. Great latin music. Written for vibraphone, two marimbas, bass, drum set and three auxiliary percussion.


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Pire (3:14)
by Roland Vasquez/arr. Steve Houghton & Tom Warrington
Advanced Percussion Ensemble with Rhythm Section
8 players, plus rhythm section
Instrumentation: Bells, Xylophone, (2) Vibes, (2) Marimba, Congas, Timbales, Mambo Cowbell, Cowbell, Piano, Bass Guitar, Drumset


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The Path Drum Set Feature (5:15)
by Steve Houghton
Advanced Percussion Ensemble w/Rhythm Section
4 - 7 players, plus rhythm section
Instrumentation: Vibes, Marimba, Timpani, Bells, Shaker, Triangle, Claves, Mark Tree, Congas, Bongos, Effects, Drum Set, Piano, Bass Guitar


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The Book includes chapters on set-up, rhythm section styles, functions and concepts. One chapter deals with problem areas while another covers techniques and skills. One of the important features is a section on musical interpretation which includes individual rhythm parts for six different big band arrangements and a "play along" CD recording.

An entire series devoted to the rhythm section! Designed for hobbyists, professionals, conductors, arrangers, students, and teachers interested in the function of each player within a rhythm section. Presented in both book/CD and video formats, this series covers all aspects of the educational spectrum: reading, listening, watching, and performing. Steve Houghton guides drummers through these essentials with these vital learning tools.

This book and CD focuses on the piano as it relates to the rest of the rhythm section. Beginning with setups, various scenarios are discussed and represented in diagram form. Various styles of music are studied along with the piano techniques and approaches that apply to each style. Soloing, improvisation, chart reading and ear training are also covered in great detail.

An entire series devoted to the rhythm section! Designed for hobbyists, professionals, conductors, arrangers, students, and teachers interested in the function of each player within a rhythm section. Presented in both book/CD and video formats, this series covers all aspects of the educational spectrum: reading, listening, watching, and performing. Steve Houghton guides drummers through these essentials with these vital learning tools.

An entire series devoted to the rhythm section! Designed for hobbyists, professionals, conductors, arrangers, students, and teachers interested in the function of each player within a rhythm section. Presented in both book/CD and video formats, this series covers all aspects of the educational spectrum: reading, listening, watching, and performing. Steve Houghton guides drummers through these essentials with these vital learning tools.

This book and CD focuses on the rhythm section as a whole. Beginning with setups, various scenarios are discussed and represented in diagram forms. Various styles of music are studied along with the techniques and approaches that apply for each instrument in each style. Soloing, improvisation, chart reading and ear training are also covered in great detail.

Music by Steve Houghton and Tom Warrington

Alfred MasterTracks Fusion is an exciting play-along package featuring a hot rhythm section of today's top studio musicians. The book and CD package contain 12 extended tracks in a wide range of up-to-date grooves, styles and keys complete with charts indicating the harmonic and rhythmic structure. Perfect for school or individual use, Alfred MasterTracks is a great way for improvisers of all levels to fine-tune their craft while playing along with an awesome rhythm section!

Music by Steve Houghton and Tom Warrington

Alfred MasterTracks Latin is an exciting play-along package featuring a hot rhythm section of today's top studio musicians. The book and CD package contain 12 extended tracks in a wide range of up-to-date grooves, styles and keys complete with charts indicating the harmonic and rhythmic structure. Perfect for school or individual use, Alfred MasterTracks is a great way for improvisers of all levels to fine-tune their craft while playing along with an awesome rhythm section!

Music by Steve Houghton and Tom Warrington

Alfred MasterTracks Jazz is an exciting play-along package featuring a hot rhythm section of today's top studio musicians. The book and CD package contain 12 extended tracks in a wide range of up-to-date grooves, styles and keys complete with charts indicating the harmonic and rhythmic structure. Perfect for school or individual use, Alfred MasterTracks is a great way for improvisers of all levels to fine-tune their craft while playing along with an awesome rhythm section!

By Shelly Berg, Lou Fischer, Fred Hamilton, and Steve Houghton

Teacher's training kit includes book, CD & DVD.
Perfect for instrumental jazz ensembles, small group combos, vocal jazz ensembles, and praise and worship bands!
The energy core of any jazz ensemble, the rhythm section radiates the groove, time and essence of the music. Each chapter includes an introduction of the style, a "clinics room" that includes performance tips of the genre and a play-along piece at the end that coincides with the CD and optional DVD. Included in this series are: Seven different jazz grooves including swing, bossa nova, rock, shuffle, samba, funk, and ballad; Clarity and deference through adjusting your volume or knowing when not to play; How to keep time as a rhythm section; How to comp effectively; Reproducible pages in the student book.