Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance

B.M.
Four-Year Program

Program Overview

Boston Conservatory at Berklee's percussion performance program is known for providing students with a multitude of performance opportunities with conservatory and Boston-area musical groups, including symphonic orchestras, chamber ensembles, student-produced collaborations, and pit orchestras for the conservatory's dance, opera, and theater productions. Additionally, students can supplement their studies and performance experience with access to faculty, classes, and world-music performance groups at Berklee College of Music.

Percussion faculty members at the conservatory represent a wide range of expertise. During their course of study, students may choose to study with one general percussion teacher, or divide each semester's lessons between two, three, or all four of the school's renowned studio teachers. Through performance opportunities with the vast array of conservatory and Berklee College of Music ensembles, students become intimately familiar with standard percussion repertoire and techniques while exploring new musical outlets and styles for percussion instruments.

The conservatory's curriculum challenges students to view their talents through a global lens. Students are encouraged to become artistic innovators who inspire communal responsibility and engagement.

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What It Takes to Succeed

Students who flourish in the conservatory's percussion performance program are eager to uncover the various career paths available to them as percussionists. They are fearless creators and desire to share their music with others in innovative ways. They are collaborative by nature and open to learning new musical techniques and ideas from their teachers and peers.

Core Curriculum

The first two years of the undergraduate percussion performance program are designed for students to build strong music and performance skills. Ensemble rehearsals and performances allow students to apply the knowledge they have gathered in their music theory, rhythm, and ear training courses.

In their junior and senior years, students delve deeper into their musical studies by customizing their course work to reflect their unfolding career goals. To do this, students may choose from a variety of electives, including film studies, the history of performance technology, nonverbal communication, and career skills. They can also elect to take advanced music courses designed to ehance their existing abilities and talents, such as complexity in rhythm and score reading. For their degree recitals, students are responsible for coordinating with fellow student composers, instrumentalists, and vocalists to produce a well-rounded program of music that showcases all they have learned throughout the program.

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Your Future

Alumni of the conservatory's percussion performance program have won prestigious competitions and are creating fulfilling and dynamic careers in solo, ensemble, and orchestral performance, as well as in arts administration and teaching positions around the country.

Ensembles

  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Boston Pops Orchestra
  • Kansai Philharmonic
  • Malaysian Philharmonic
  • New World Symphony
  • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Awards

  • Belgium International Marimba Competition
  • Concert Artists Guild Competition
  • Houston Symphony Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition
  • International Marimba Competition
  • Libertango International Music Competition
  • Montreal Symphony Standard Life Competition
  • Percussive Arts Society Marimba Competition
  • Prix d'Europe
  • Southern California Marimba Competition
  • Tromp International Percussion Competition
  • World Marimba Competition
  • Young Concert Artists Competition

Faculty Appointments

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Hochshule fuer Musik–Detmold (Germany)
  • James Madison University
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Oregon
  • Winchester Community Music School

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