The Michigan State University percussion program helps students realize their unique potential through a blend of studio, classroom, and performance opportunities that inspire creative expression.

The percussion area at MSU is led by faculty whose wealth of performance experience and skilled mentorship encourage students to innovate, grow, and thrive.

About the Percussion Area

The percussion studio is made up of a diverse group of students from a variety of backgrounds. The studio of approximately twenty-five includes undergraduate students majoring in music performance, education and composition and graduate students in the masters, performance diploma and doctoral programs.

The percussion studio attracts and works with a diverse group of students studying music performance, education, and composition at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students perform in state-of-the-art, prominent venues at MSU and within the College. All studio members can participate in the MSU Percussion Ensemble—a chamber group devoted to new and classic repertoire. The ensemble has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and the Blue Griffin Recital Series. Esteemed guest artists regularly mentor and perform with the group.

Percussion students can also audition and perform with numerous renowned ensembles through the College of Music, including:

  • Wind, symphony, concert, marching, and brass bands
  • Chamber music ensembles
  • Symphony and concert orchestras
  • Choirs and choral ensembles
  • Jazz ensembles
  • Musique 21: a new music ensemble
  • MSU Opera Theatre

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Master of Music in Performance
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance
  • Music Minor
  • Performance Diploma