ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Percussive Soundscapes Music Academy is a program created by Derrick Shannon. Derrick is well known for taking the Plainfield High School Winter Percussion program from not making state finals to winning a national championship in his first year with the program. At the PS Music Academy, we offer a wide range of lessons/classes to help foster growth in many areas for our students. Our students will take part in a recital towards the end of every semester to showcase the skills that they have learned in our classes. Some of the more advanced performers will have more performance opportunities throughout the semester. We also host clinics that anyone from anywhere can attend throughout the school year and summer as well. Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of the page to get updates on upcoming clinics.
Whether your drumming aspirations are to be a rock star, to take up a hobby, to dazzle audiences in a symphony, or to compete at the highest level, PS Music Academy offers classes tailored to you. Ranging from a child beginner to an experienced adult, our classes have highly trained teachers that will work with any skill level. No matter your age, playing ability, or experience, we are excited to find out what type of class works best for you and how you learn. With a wide variety of payment plans, and online booking, its never been easier to plunge into the world of music.
Derrick Shannon is a percussion specialist originally from the Chicago-land area. He holds the position of Director of Percussive Arts at Plainfield Community Schools who were the 2018 WGI PSA Champions in his first year with the program. He started Percussive Soundscapes which is a company that offers a variety of services to the marching arts community including custom arrangements for band and winter percussion ensembles. Percussive Soundscapes is also home to the PS Music Academy which offers group and private lessons to the community in Indiana. He also taught at Ball State University, judges during the weekends, and consults with numerous groups across the country.
Derrick marched seven summers of drum corps with groups such as the Phantom Regiment and Cavaliers, both in the battery and front ensemble. Afterward, he became the Percussion Caption Head for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and later the Percussion Coordinator and Battery Arranger for the Madison Scouts. He is currently the Percussion Coordinator and Battery Arranger for the Blue Knights. Derrick is also a Creative Director and Battery Arranger for 317 Performing Arts which supports the independent world group Veritas. He received his Bachelors in Music Education at the VanderCook College of Music and his Master’s in Music Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Derrick proudly endorses Innovative Percussion, Pearl/Adams, Remo, Prologix, Zildjian, and Etymotic. He currently resides in Plainfield, Indiana with his wife Kayla and two daughters Miyah and Olivia.