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

Degrees Offered

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

Other Studies

  • Professional Studies Certificate (PS) – one year
  • Professional Performance Diploma (PPD) – two year
  • 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

Plan of Study & Course Descriptions

Plan of Study: Percussion
MSM Academic Catalog

Handbook for Current Students

Percussion Department Handbook

Percussion Department Faculty and Administration

Christopher Lamb, Chair

She-e Wu, Consultant

Matt Ward, Percussion Operations Manager

Success Stories

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  • Sep 14, 2022 Percussion
    MSM percussion student Leo Simon (MM ’23) wins a position with the Tulsa Symphony
  • Aug 1, 2022 Percussion
    MSM alumnus Kevin Ritenauer appointed Associate Principal Timpanist/Section Percussionist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Jul 18, 2022 Percussion
    Marcelina Suchocka (BM ’16, MM ’18) named Principal Percussion of the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida.

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


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