Freshmen: Bachelor of Arts

    Audition Requirements

    Required Snare Drum

    An etude in your area of expertise, such as marching solo by Matt Savage, an orchestral etude by Mitchell Peters, or contemporary work by Murray Houllif.

    Sight Reading

    Rhythm etude Optional

    Timpani

    An etude by Saul Goodman

    Mallet Keyboards:

    A two-mallet etude by Mitchell Peters or Morris Goldenberg   

    Freshmen: Bachelor of Music

    Audition Requirements

    Required Snare Drum

    An etude in your area of expertise, such as marching solo by Matt Savage, an orchestral etude by Mitchell Peters, or contemporary work by Murray Houllif.

    Timpani

    An etude by Mitchell Peters, Raynor Carroll, or Jacques Delecluse

    Mallet Keyboards:

    A two-mallet etude by Buster Bailey or George Hamilton Green; a four-mallet etude by Mitchell Peters, Alice Gomez, or Nancy Zeltsman

    Transfer: Bachelor of Arts

    Audition Requirements

    Required Snare Drum

    An etude from Intermediate Drum Method by Roy Burns, or Intermediate Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters, or a selection from Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone.

    Timpani

    An etude by Raynor Carroll or Jacques Delecluse

    Mallet Keyboards:

    Two-octave scales and arpeggios (major and minor)

    Transfer: Bachelor of Arts

    Audition Requirements

    Required Snare Drum

    A etude from Douze Etudes by Jacques Delecluse, or from Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone

    Timpani

    Robert Muczinski, Three Dances; Murray Houllif, Four Verses; Jan Williams, Theme and Variations

    Mallet Keyboards:

    Two-octave scales and arpeggios (major and minor); Mental and Manual Calisthenics (Elden Bailey); Bach Prelude (from the cello suites); a four-mallet work by Keiko Abe or Nancy Zeltsman.

    Multi-percussion

    Inspirations Diabolique by Rick Tagawa; Morris Dance and French Suite by William Kraft; Cold Pressed by David Hollinden

    Master of Music

    Audition Requirements

    Required Snare Drum

    A selection from Douze Etudes by Jacques Delecluse, plus a contemporary solo from the Noble Snare series.

    Timpani

    A selection from Eight Pieces for Four Timpani by Elliott Carter, or an excerpt from the standard repertoire, performed with a recording or accompanist.

    Mallet Keyboards

    An advanced mallet keyboard solo from the 20th-century repertoire, such as Wesley-Smith’s For Marimba and Tape, Sejourne’s Katamia, or a selection from Druckman’s Reflections on the Nature of Water.  Applicants are also welcome to perform a transcription, such as a movement from J.S. Bach’s violin sonatas and partitas, or a Fernando Sor’s Estudio.

    Multiple Percussion

    A selection from the contemporary repertoire, such as Iannis Xenakis; Rebonds, Morton Feldman’s The King of Denmark, Scott Lindroth’s Bell Plates, or David Lang’s The Anvil Chorus.

    MUSC 172: Percussion Reperrtoire Class, sec. 22

    Fridays, 12 noon to 2:00 pm, room 329

    These weekly meetings allow percussion majors to collectively participate in a variety of activities that delve into many aspects of percussion performance practice, playing techniques, musical interpretation, historical foundations, new music research, and instrumental maintenance.   

    MUSC 40P: Beginning Percusson Methods

    W from 4 pm to 5:30 pm (Spring semester only)

    This course explores the fundamentals of percussion performance, and will prepare you with the knowledge and ability to establish a rewarding percussion program in a primary or secondary school.  Explorations into the performance techniques and literature for all instruments of the percussion family will be the focus of the course, including snare drum, timpani, the mallet keyboards (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone), and various percussion “accessory” instruments.  A variety of techniques for each instrument will be discussed, and the musical interpretation of excerpts, etudes, solo, and ensemble literature will be explored.   Course projects will include class demonstrations and performances, research in solo and ensemble literature, and percussion ensemble performance techniques.  In addition to this, you will also be informed about recommended method books, percussion solo and ensemble literature, instrument building and maintenance, instrumental substitutions, organizing the percussion section in band or orchestra, and budget considerations for building a new percussion program, as well as improving and expanding an existing program.   Also, a variety of instructional techniques necessary for grades K through 12 will be thoroughly evaluated and discussed in preparation for elementary and secondary school instruction.  

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