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The percussion program offers many opportunities for students to perform in several different ensemble arrangements. The numerous small and large ensembles available in the School of Music ensure that students receive a well-rounded performance education.


In addition to what's below, we also have a large inventory of crash and suspended cymbals, 5 sets of concert toms, over 40 assorted gongs and tam-tams, 3 octaves of almglocken, multiple tambourines, triangles, woodblocks and temple blocks, roto-toms, log drums, Latin instruments and even a complete instrumentation for our Gamelan ensemble.


The exceptional percussion faculty at UMD consist of principal leaders of the National Symphony Orchestra and international recording and touring artists.


*We are now accepting DMA Applications*

Admission to the School of Music Percussion Studio is a two-step process. Undergraduate applications should be postmarked November 1 or earlier. Graduate applications should be postmarked December 1 or earlier. Learn more about the application process.

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music Education

Snare Drum


There are three practice spaces that are accessible by percussion majors only. Weekly studio classes are specifically designed for students to maximize their time here at UMD, interacting with the other faculty members in addition to their private lesson instructor. In addition, we periodically bring in local, national and international percussion performers and educators to put on masterclasses and clinics and further enhance the students' UMD percussion experience.

Wind & Percussion Division

The Wind & Percussion Division encompasses woodwinds, brass and percussion, and is one of the largest divisions of the UMD School of Music.

The W & P Division offers undergraduate and graduate study culminating in the BA, BM, MM, and DMA degrees in performance. The division is also home to the School's Jazz Studies program, which offers BA and MM degrees in jazz.


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