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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)
  • 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

Handbook for Current Students

Percussion Department Handbook

Percussion Department Faculty and Administration

Christopher Lamb, Chair

She-e Wu, Consultant

Matt Ward, Percussion Operations Manager

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 5, 2021 Percussion
    MSM grad Madison Shake (MM ’20) named Principal Percussionist of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
  • Jun 10, 2021 Percussion
    World Premiere of composition by MSM Percussion Faculty member Duncan Patton at Cathedral of St John the Divine in NYC
  • Oct 8, 2019 Percussion
    MSM Percussionists place at International Competition

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