The Percussion Performance program is designed to develop your technical proficiency and stylistic vocabulary as a drummer so that you’re able to excel in a variety of musical contexts, both on stage and in the studio. Through intensive ensemble work and individualized private lessons, you’ll refine your musicianship and sharpen your sense of time, groove and feel on the drum set. Whether you’re into rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz or metal — explore a variety of styles and learn to master the music you’re most passionate about.
By building a solid foundation in technique, groove skills, ear training, chart reading and music theory, you’ll be prepared to succeed in a variety of career paths as a professional drummer.
Ready For The Real World
As a Percussion Performance major, you’ll receive a hands-on education in a real world environment that directly mirrors the music industry. By playing in ensembles ranging from Jazz Fusion to Indie Rock to Afro-Caribbean Drumming, you’ll gain professional live experience alongside fellow performance majors and industry-seasoned faculty who’ll challenge and encourage you to take your talent to a new level. You’ll learn how to frame a composition on the drum set, how to anchor the rhythm section and support lead players, and how to consistently deliver quality takes by working with music production majors in state-of-the-art studios. And through our job board, you’ll find gigging opportunities with both area bands and commercial projects.
You’ll also get a head start on your music career by building your professional network while still in school. And with access to guest artists, internships and the thriving Twin Cities music scene, you’ll be connected to the industry before you graduate.
Teaching For Tomorrow ℠
To succeed as a professional drummer, you need a well-rounded education that prepares you for the ever-evolving future of music. That’s why our Percussion Performance degree program focuses on fostering your creativity and musicianship while also giving you the necessary technology skills to adapt and compete in the industry. You’ll also graduate equipped with the entrepreneurial mindset and business savvy you’ll need to reach your goals and establish your career.
With a comprehensive education that blends artistry, technology and entrepreneurship, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to make and sustain a life in music.
Your Career Path
Graduates of the Percussion Performance program are prepared for a variety of career options, including:
- Professional Drummer
- Touring Musician
- Session Player
- Band Leader
- Music Director
- Music Teacher
- Private Lesson Studio