Percussion

Repertoire Requirements

We understand that many applicants for the 2021-22 school year might have limited access to certain percussion instruments. Please take note of our revised audition requirements to accommodate for these circumstances.

Any questions can be directed to Prof. John Tafoya at jtafoya@indiana.edu.

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

The curriculum for all undergraduate B.M., B.M.E., and B.S.O.F. percussion majors involves comprehensive study in all areas of percussion, including snare drum, marimba, orchestral percussion and timpani, drum set, jazz vibes, and world percussion.

Revised Audition Requirements due to COVID-19:

  • Snare Drum Etude or Solo
  • 4 mallet marimba solo or 2 mallet solo on any keyboard instrument
Optional (please include if possible):
  • Drum set styles (Medium Swing, Up Tempo Swing, Rock, Bossa-Nova and Samba with or without play along track)
  • Timpani Etude or solo (2, 3, or 4 drums)

Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma, Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.), Doctor of Music (D.M.)

Revised Audition Requirements due to COVID-19:

  • Snare Drum Etude/Solo
  • Snare Drum Orchestral excerpts (Kije, Scheherazade)
  • 4 mallet marimba solo (video recording of your college Senior recital or equivalent is acceptable)
  • Keyboard orchestral excerpts (Porgy and Bess, Appalachian Spring) if possible (xylophone excerpts can be performed on any keyboard instrument)
  • Glockenspiel excerpts (Sorcerer’s Apprentice) are optional
  • Timpani (video recording of college senior recital or equivalent)
  • Timpani excerpts (Beethoven Symphony No. 9) - if possible
Optional (please include if at all possible, especially if you are interested in an Assistantship position):
  • Drum set styles (Medium Swing, Up Tempo Swing, Rock, Bossa-Nova and Samba with or without play along track)
  • World styles on instrument of your choice

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is adapting our audition procedures for 2021-2022 admissions to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19.

Revised Audition Requirements due to COVID-19

We realize that many applicants for the 2021-22 school year might have limited access to the certain percussion instruments.  Please take note of our revised audition requirements.  

Doctor of Music (D.M.)

The percussion faculty encourages all potential D.M. applicants to review the curriculum requirements for this degree program.

Repertoire requirements

  • Snare Drum Etude/Solo
  • Snare Drum Orchestral excerpts (Kije, Scheherazade)
  • 4 mallet marimba solo (video recording of your college Senior recital or equivalent is acceptable)
  • Keyboard orchestral excerpts (Porgy and Bess, Appalachian Spring) if possible (xylophone excerpts can be performed on any keyboard instrument)
  • Glockenspiel excerpts (Sorcerer’s Apprentice) are optional
  • Timpani (video recording of college senior recital or equivalent)
  • Timpani excerpts (Beethoven Symphony No. 9) - if possible
  • Optional (please include if at all possible, especially if you are interested in an Assistantship position)
  • Drum set styles (Medium Swing, Up Tempo Swing, Rock, Bossa-Nova and Samba with or without play along track)
  • World styles on instrument of your choice

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