The Percussion Area has established a reputation for innovation and excellence through an extensive percussive arts experience. With graduates successfully placed in professional orchestras, studio jobs, military bands, university teaching positions and public schools as well as working independently as composers, audio engineers and touring artists, the program has a proven record of preparing percussionists for professional success.
Students have the opportunity to study and perform in a diverse set of areas including solo repertoire and chamber music, orchestral percussion, non-western musical styles, rudimental percussion, mallet keyboards, jazz drum-set and vibraphone, timpani and multi-percussion. Our faculty supports students in discovering and developing their own artistic voice while also providing a comprehensive percussion curriculum as a platform for individual interests and career aspirations.
In addition to in-depth performance skills, students develop expertise in areas of pedagogy, composition, audio/video engineering, marketing and entrepreneurship; all critical to succeeding in the 21st-century marketplace.
STUDENTS ON BEING A PART OF THE U PERCUSSION FAMILY
“Topnotch program and warm-hearted community.”
“Atmosphere that I felt I would be comfortable working in.”
“I have very much enjoyed my time studying with faculty. I feel I have really begun to grasp the concept of a phrase, effective technique, touch, sound and several other musical artistries.”
“Faculty goes above and beyond to ensure that each student succeeds and helps students transform concepts learned in the practice room into valuable life skills”