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      About Jim Rennier

      Jim Rennier
      Jim Rennier
      Music Teacher, Master
      Location: Amarillo, TX
      Speaks: English
      Instructs: Drums
      Education: Bachelor of Music (Percussion Performance) Indiana University; Performer’s Certificate, Indiana University; Master of Music (Percussion Performance), the University of Texas at Austin; Doctor of Philosophy (Music and Administration), Texas Tech University
      Performance Experience: 44 years as either Principal Percussionist or Timpanist with the following Texas orchestras: Abilene Philharmonic, Amarillo Opera, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Ballet Austin, Corpus Christi Symphony, Houston Opera, Midland-Odessa Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, among others.
      Teaching Experience: 51 years private percussion studio, 6 years public school, 25 years college/university
      Teaching Philosophy: Music literacy is essential. I teach the “three R’s” – Reading, Rhythm, and Rudiments. All students are taught to read music, given specific technical development exercises, and the rudiments of snare drumming and music theory. A typical lesson will consist of warm-up/technique, performing assigned material, presentation of new material and sight-reading.

      Get to know Jim Rennier

      A native of Northwest Indiana, Jim’s career playing and teaching percussion began as he says: “By the grace of God and a computer error.” It seemed that a simple scheduling mishap during middle-school allowing him to enroll in beginning percussion class changed his whole life forever.

      Jim’s percussion activities may have humble beginnings, but as a three-time All-State percussionist, he started down a path of considerable accomplishment. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Indiana University earning his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance. He was the first percussionist to be awarded the Performer’s Certificate in recognition of his outstanding junior recital.

      Upon graduation from I.U., Jim was offered a position overseas as Principal Percussionist in Maracaibo, Venezuela. However, after lengthy delays in receiving his contract, Jim eventually rescinded the offer and accepted the position as Principal Timpanist in the Midland-Odessa Symphony. Four years later Jim began his graduate studies at the University of Texas and won the position of Principal Percussionist in the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

      Jim left the Austin Symphony Orchestra to join the faculty at McMurry University in Abilene expanding his career into higher education. He continued to teach at the university level holding positions at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and West Texas A&M University. He was fortunate to continue his performance career in tandem with his university duties.

      Upon retirement from university life, Jim turned his musical focus to playing drum set and is now the leader of a jazz combo that performs regularly in Amarillo and the surrounding area.

      Jim Rennier teaches at:
      3300 S Soncy Rd Suite 200
      Amarillo, TX 79121
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