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

NOTE: Artist Diploma (AD) applications will not be considered for the 2021 application year.

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

Plan of Study & Course Descriptions

Plan of Study: Percussion
MSM Course Catalog

Percussion Department Faculty and Administration

Christopher Lamb, Chair
917-493-4495 clamb@msmnyc.edu

She-e Wu, Consultant

Matt Ward, Percussion Operations Manager
917-493-4520
mward@msmnyc.edu

MSM 2021 Virtual Percussion Summit

Learn about the MSM 2021 Virtual Percussion Summit taking place July 12-16, bringing together percussionists from around the world for classes, round table discussions, concerts, and more.

Success Stories

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  • Oct 8, 2019 Percussion
    Students
    MSM Percussionists place at International Competition
  • Oct 18, 2018 Jazz, Percussion
    Alumni
    Jazz drummer Ernesto Cervini (MM ’05) profiled in Toronto Music Report
  • Sep 14, 2018 Orchestra, Percussion
    Alumni
    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