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School of Fine ArtsMusic Department

Percussion Performance

Percussion Area

University of Connecticut Percussion Area faculty provide the technical guidance, interpretive mentoring, and creative inspiration required for our students to become successful student-artists, and subsequently, successful 21st century artist-citizens.

To achieve this, students can expect to receive a balanced emphasis in solo, chamber music, and large ensemble performance opportunity in the Department of Music, and will benefit from the musical and professional insights of our studio faculty through attentive, customized one-on-one weekly instruction.


Robert McEwan, percussion


Degree Offerings:

Bachelor of Arts Degree
Bachelor of Music Degree
Music Education (5-year Integrated Bachelors/Masters program in conjunction with NEAG School of Education)
Performer’s Certificate (Major Instrument or Chamber Music)
Master of Music Degree
Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree

Studio Lessons:

Music Majors receive weekly, one-on-one instruction with a member of the percussion faculty. Percussion Area faculty are highly regarded and experienced Artist-Teachers, able to address the aesthetic and professional goals of each and every student while broadening the scope of each student’s technique and artistic identity.

Percussion Chamber Music:

The Percussion Area provides a unique niche in music learning and performance through its emphasis in chamber music collaboration, through its Percussion Ensemble. Chamber music is the key to autonomous learning, the development of leadership and citizenry traits through music, and the formation of a unique artistic identity. Students that participate in the Percussion Ensemble can expect coaching from select faculty in areas of chamber music performance, and process.

Large Ensembles:

Music Majors have the opportunity to participate in our many Large Ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, Symphony Orchestra, and the Marching/Athletic Bands.

Undergraduate Audition Requirements:

1. Mallets:

A prepared solo for two mallets and four mallets

2.Snare Drum:

An etude from Portraits in Rhythm by Cirone
 Long roll at all dynamic levels


 A prepared étude from Goodman or Lepak method book

4.Sight Reading:

Sight reading on mallet instruments and snare drum

Applicants should bring a copy of all materials.


Graduate Audition Requirements:

Contact the Percussion Area Studio Teacher for Specific Audition Requirements

For Further Information:

For questions regarding the application/audition process
Department of Music
Phone: (860) 486-3728
Fax: (860) 486-3796

For questions regarding brass study at UConn

Louis Hanzlik, Ed.D.
Coordinator of the Brass Area
(860) 486-4287

For questions regarding the undergraduate curriculum

Peter Kaminsky
Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Music
(860) 486-2758

For questions regarding the graduate curriculum

Alain Frogley
Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Music
(860) 486-4783