The Studio

    The Percussion Studies Program at Sacramento State offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of  Music, and Master of Music degrees in percussion performance, in addition to percussion concentrations in Music Education, Music Management, and Composition.  Through weekly private instruction, the program provides intensive study of the mallet keyboards, timpani, snare  drum, multiple percussion, hand-drums, and drum set, experienced through the exploration of a variety of challenging repertoire.  Sacramento State percussionists participate regularly in repertoire classes and studio recitals, perform in masterclasses given by renowned visiting artists, prepare for solo recitals, participate in hand-drum ensembles, and regularly perform with the Sacramento State Percussion Group.  Students can also choose from a spectrum of mixed ensembles, including Concert Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra, and Marching Band, as well as numerous chamber and jazz ensembles.  In addition, there are opportunities to study North India tabla, develop skills in Middle Eastern hand-drumming, perform with Balinese Gamelan Dharma Santi, pursue additional drum-set studies with faculty artist Rick Lotter, and interact directly with a variety of guest artists at our annual “Day of Percussion.”  The Music Department’s emphasis in performance, combined with an outstanding academic curriculum and supported by a dedicated faculty, creates a diverse, challenging, and musically rewarding experience.  The program seeks to provide emerging percussionists with the technical skills, musical knowledge, and artistic ability required to meet the variety of demands encountered in today’s musical environment.