McNally Smith College of Music

Music Performance

The Percussion Department at McNally Smith provides students with a highly organized, broad curriculum in order to prepare them for making a life in music.

The basic philosophy of the department is for students to learn to play and interpret all musical styles, and successfully adapt to any musical context. As versatile, knowledgeable, and sensitive musicians, percussion students can create more opportunities to perform and, subsequently, more opportunities to network in the music business.

Percussion students at McNally Smith learn in a variety of environments – from private lessons and small group or academic classes to playing in ensembles. Drummers build skills as members of performing groups and soloists, and are encouraged to explore course offerings in other areas of the college. By taking advantage of an expansive musical education, McNally Smith Percussion students learn to evaluate and expand on their own performance in order to continue developing years after graduating.

Percussion Department Head and Steve Miller Band drummer Gordy Knudtson demonstrates the open/close technique

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