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Wind & Percussion



All graduate music applicants must submit the following requirements:

  • Transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief essay
  • Repertoire list

Please find more detailed application information here.


The UMD School of Music comprises seven academic and performance divisions, which oversee curriculum, ensembles, and special programs within their designated areas.

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.


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.

Welcome to the University of Maryland Percussion Website

The University of Maryland Percussion Studio has had a long-standing commitment to excellence. Upon John Tafoya's arrival in 1999, he worked very hard to build a well-respected, world-class program. I am very proud to be given the opportunity to continue his good work and build on the traditions that he created. Here at the University of Maryland, we have everything you need to become a complete percussionist.


*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

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