Graduate degree in percussion studies in the school of music at The University of Akron

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 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.

How to apply: See how to apply to The Graduate School at The University of Akron

Admission deadlines: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Audition requirements: See audition details and how to schedule your audition.

Degree requirements/curriculums:

WHy choose to major in percussion?


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.

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