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Syllabus for Percussion Study

Percussion Study MUP 253

Applied Percussion Study is limited to one credit hour per semester. Majors are required to take eight credit hours of lessons for graduation. Minors are required to take four credit hours of lessons for graduation.


A satisfactory audition for the audition committee and/or approval of the instructor is required.


To master skills and techniques necessary for high marketability of the student in the current job market, including, but not limited to: music performance, graduate school, and the music industry.

Lessons will be scheduled each semester based on the student's semester schedule. A weekly lesson will be posted at the end of the first week of each semester.

All majors will study keyboard percussion, concert percussion, and a minimum of one other area, such as drum set, world percussion, timpani, or multiple percussion. Students are responsible for supplying their own mallets and sticks, and purchasing their own books and music.

All percussion majors are required to attend studio classes and performance labs. Studio Classes occur on the first, third, and fifth (during applicable months) Thursday of the month. Performance Labs occur on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Majors are required to perform on one performance lab each academic year. Upperclassmen (Junior, Senior) are required to perform on one student recital each year. 

50%: Lessons are graded weekly and averaged for the semester. Weekly grades are based upon the quality of preparation and range of material covered. Alternate lesson times will be arranged for pre-arranged excused absences and conflicts. Unexcused absences will not be made-up and will be treated as a failing grade for that week.
25%: Studio Class participation and Performance Lab attendance. Majors are required to attend all percussion recitals, workshops, masterclasses, and university-sponsored percussion events. These dates will be posted as early as possible.
25%: All majors are required to perform a jury at the end of each semester. Students performing a major recital program are exempt from juries.

Three copies of the jury sheet are to be prepared for jury presentation.


All student recitals must be approved by the percussion faculty, along with the repertoire to be presented on the program. Each student is required to present a pre-recital hearing for the percussion faculty three weeks prior to performance. The student must choose a date as soon as possible in order to assure reservation of the performance venue. This must be done in conjunction with the percussion faculty.