PercussionMind Specificity: TAIS vs. our self-assessment

How invigorating it was to share our PercussionMind results at PASIC!  Our room was quite packed with somewhere between 150-175 folks in the audience.


In case you missed us, you can find our presentation slides here, take the self-assessment here, and read about the PercussionMind Grid here.  

TAIS vs The Self-Assessment

PercussionMind aims to be meaningful to the individual, so with that in mind, here's some further detail about TAIS, and the difference between taking it as part of PercussionMind yourself, versus only reading our PASIC materials and what's here on the website.

TAIS is the assessment given to the PercussionMind professionals: it measures 20 traits in nearly 150 questions.  Mike took those 20 traits and amalgamated them into The Grid (four main categories, with three sub-categories), which serve as the basis for our quick self-assessment and how we succinctly discuss the most vital mental habits to percussionists, according to our professionals' results. 

TAIS, with its length and specificity, is by nature more in-depth than the self-assessment alone, which is why we offer it as part of the PercussionMind experience. 

Here are two examples that demonstrate TAIS specificity.  The PercussionMind Grid lists Focus in three sub-categories: Task Oriented, Variable, and Distractible.  But these classifications come from nine TAIS traits, each with its own spectral detail:

  • Awareness
  • External Distractibility
  • Analytical/Conceptual
  • Internal Distractibility
  • Action/Focused, Reduced Flexibility
  • Information Processing
  • Orientation towards Rules and Risk
  • Focus Over Time  

Let's look at the Resilience trait from The Grid, whose sub-categories are Adaptable, Unsure, and Avoid.  Seven traits from TAIS work together to determine an individual's resilience:

  • Orientation towards Rules and Risk
  • Control
  • Self-confidence
  • Decision-making style
  • Self-critical
  • Focus Over Time
  • Performance Under Pressure

You'll notice that some TAIS traits overlap between Focus and Resilience.  Understanding how these traits intermingle is information learned through a feedback session.  We offer examples in that session of how traits manifest in real life, not only musically, but in how you relate to people, as well as yourself.  Like our brains, humans are complicated in the reasons we behave, choose, and perform the way we do.  

PercussionMind value

The TAIS assessment regularly retails for just under $500, but Mike's relationship with the testing company enables us to offer the PercussionMind assessment to current students for a much more affordable price. 

For $79.99 as a current student, you can sign up for TAIS, choose a career path to compare yourself to, receive your personal Grid, and receive a 60-minute feedback session to decipher the results of your TAIS assessment.  It's the same cost as a set of four marimba mallets.

The main goal of PercussionMind is to be meaningful and insightful.  It's a form of professional development, of cognitive analysis, and a way to practice self-care.  Instead of spiraling through questions, doubt, and experimentation, you can sign up for PercussionMind as a way to answer your questions, work through your doubt, and decide on a career path that suits you, rather than stumbling upon one by trial and error.

If you have any questions about PercussionMind, don't hesitate to reach out through contactpercmind[at]gmail[dot]com.