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Percussion majors at MSM develop as skilled performers, familiar with the standard solo, ensemble, and orchestral literature for their instruments.

Join us for the MSM 2020 Virtual Percussion Summit, July 20-24!

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Master of Music (MM)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Other Studies

  • Professional Studies Certificate (PS)
  • Artist Diploma (AD)

Program Details

The programs of study for percussion majors are designed to develop performers with strong fundamental skills and sophisticated musicianship, who can apply these skills to any musical setting: orchestral, solo, chamber, commercial, or nontraditional. Students will achieve a high degree of professional competence and learn appropriate stylistic approaches to the literature of various historical periods.

Specific courses and degree sequence plans can be found in the Course Catalog.​

Audition & Prescreening Information

Procedures By Degree Level

Handbook for Current Students

Percussion Department Handbook — includes information for current students on a variety of issues including Placement Auditions, Lesson Schedule, Seminars, Ensembles, Jazz Department, Recitals, Concerto Competition, Library Collection, Instrument Care, and Jury Requirements, etc.

Plan of Study & Course Descriptions

Plan of Study: Percussion
MSM Course Catalog

Percussion Department Faculty and Administration

Christopher Lamb, Chair

She-e Wu, Consultant

Matt Ward, Percussion Operations Manager

Success Stories

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  • Oct 8, 2019 Percussion
    MSM Percussionists place at International Competition
  • Oct 18, 2018 Jazz, Percussion
    Jazz drummer Ernesto Cervini (MM ’05) profiled in Toronto Music Report
  • Sep 14, 2018 Orchestra, Percussion
    Alan Stewart (MM ’11) joins the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Percussion

Read about the MSM Percussion Ensemble’s 60 years of history:

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MSM Percussion Ensemble celebrates its 60th Anniversary on March 28, 2018

“Manhattan School of Music is giving me the tools I need to become a successful musician. I’m grateful to be studying with some of the finest professors in my field.”

Percussion, BM '21




MSM Percussion Ensemble 2017-2018!