Graduate Degree in Percussion
With a Master of Music in Percussion you will further develop your performance skills with added emphasis on research and development.
graduate Percussion degree
Master of Music - Performance (M.M.)
A master's degree in percussion will build on your undergraduate studies as a performer in orchestra, chamber music, world music, and teaching and take you further in depth with research and development.
ADMISSION & DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
- Have an undergraduate baccalaureate degree in music or the equivalent as determined by the department.
- Meet The Graduate School’s requirements for admission.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- An audition on your major instrument.
Admission deadlines: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Audition requirements: See audition details and how to schedule your audition.
WHy choose to major in percussion?
- Percussion is so diverse with specialties that expand to so many areas that other instruments do not have.
- Our graduates show wonderful diversity in what you can do with a percussion degree in very successful careers young and old(er).
- Our graduates consistently achieve professional success as performers and educators throughout the world.
Experimental and Interdisciplinary opportunities:
- Sylvia Smith Archives are acclaimed New Music Archives housed right here at The University of Akron, an invaluable resource for musicians and music scholars.
- Outreach concerts provide you with many performance and teaching opportunities throughout your time at UA
- We value music from other cultures, and the program's most visible and widely acclaimed component is the Steel Drum Band. You will experience teaching and playing percussion music from a variety of places, including West Africa, the Caribbean, and South Americas.
- You have the opportunity to work with dancers as dance accompanists and to work with recording engineers and learn electronics/technology relevant to our field.
Learn from the best:
Our Director of Percussion Studies, Dr. Snider, Distinguished Professor, was the first recipient of the Outstanding Arts Educator Award from the Akron Art Alliance.
- He has served on the percussion faculty at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the International Percussion Workshop in Zagan, Poland.
- He has served as an adjudicator at the International Marimba Competition in Warsaw, Poland and chief international adjudicator for World Steel Band Festival competitions.
- He was principal percussionist with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and has served as an adjunct percussionist with the Cleveland Orchestra.