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About the program

The SJSU School of Music and Dance offers a variety of performance experiences for aspiring musicians in the percussion field. Percussion lessons concentrate on snare drum, keyboard percussion, timpani, and multiple percussion. Students may also take lessons in drum-set percussion. Ensembles for percussionists include the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, the SJSU Percussion Ensemble, the Jazz Orchestra, African Drumming, Jazz Combos, and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. These ensembles exhibit a high level of performance excellence and are coached and conducted by actively performing and highly respected faculty. Students are provided with exposure to multiple styles of music in the performance of standard and contemporary large ensemble and chamber literature. Students are encouraged to broaden their experiences in international percussion playing through ensemble participation.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Masters of Music in Percussion
  • Minor in Music


Audition Information

A list of suggested audition repertoire is provided.

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