Percussion, Drum Kit
Based in Winnipeg, Caroline Bucher is a classically trained percussionist and pianist that has played percussion with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Caroline graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance in 2017, studying under Jeremy Epp and Victoria Sparks at the University of Manitoba. Caroline then continued with her musical studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2019, under the instruction of Ed Stephan, she completed her Master of Music in Percussion Performance. Throughout her studies, Caroline has frequented many festival orchestras (YOA Orchestra of the Americas, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, the National Orchestral Institue + Festival, Pacific Music Festival) and toured around the globe.
Since returning to Winnipeg, Caroline continues to perform as a chamber and orchestral percussionist. She is also an active clinician and currently teaches at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts and the Desautels Faculty of Music Prep Studies program.
What is your education and experience?
Bachelor of Music Percussion Performance, University of Manitoba; Master of Music Percussion Performance, Duquesne University.
What inspired you to study music?
During the first year of my undergraduate degree, I had my first opportunity to perform with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. I remember coming into the twenty-fourth movement of Carmina Burana and having the feeling of “this is where you belong” settle over me. While not the first time I decided to study music, it was the first time I felt like I couldn’t dream of doing anything else.
How are your lessons unique?
The lack of melodic feedback when playing most percussion instruments is a challenge that people at all skill levels have difficulty overcoming. A challenge that simply “learning different beats” won’t address. My goal is to make sure that you are technically proficient and comfortable interpreting the music you are playing. To add your personality to your performance in a musically informed manner, even without a melody.
What do you love about teaching?
I consider myself lucky to be able to express myself and connect with others musically. Teaching others to explore musical self-expression and share that passion for this art form gives me a deep sense of fulfillment.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking music lessons?
Start now! There is no right time to start, nor is it too late to explore different branches of music, even as an adult. Music can help you work on your memory and fine motor skills while also providing another way to relax and be involved in your community. There will always be an aspect to music that will be valuable to you, so the sooner you start learning, the better.