The Percussion Studies program at Kent State University provides students with a comprehensive foundation to develop the discipline and skills essential to becoming a professional musician or teacher.
With a diverse and highly specialized faculty, students in the Percussion Studies Program will develop a wide range of versatile skills from the Western Classical tradition to World Music and Jazz.
Matthew Holm, Director of Percussion Studies, specialties include orchestral percussion, keyboard percussion, percussion ensemble and recital coaching. Matthew is an avid recitalist and has performed at three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions as an artist.
Dustin May earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Youngstown State University in 2012 and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. At Kent State he specializes in teaching drum set and jazz vibraphone.
Janine Tiffe is a member of the Ethnomusicology faculty at Kent State University. In addition to her classroom teaching and active research, she co-directs the KSU African Ensemble with Kazadi wa Mukuna and directs the KSU Steel Band.
Nearly Unlimited Performance Potential
Opportunities for percussion students abound in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music in both major performance ensembles and in smaller, more intimate groups.
Large Performance Ensembles:
- Kent State University Orchestra
- Kent Wind Ensemble
- Symphony Band
- Marching Golden Flashes
Chamber Music and Small Ensembles:
- Contemporary Percussion Ensemble
- New Music Ensemble
- Steel Band
- African Ensemble
- Thai Ensemble
- Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Workshop Ensemble
- Jazz Combos
In addition to on campus offerings, more advanced players will find numerous performing opportunities off campus including theatrical productions, local and touring artists, and regional orchestras.
Establish a Firm Foundation
Kent State University offers undergraduate programs in performance, jazz studies, music education, and music theory and composition, as well as a masters degree in percussion performance. Intensive and comprehensive, the BM and MM programs in music education and music performance attract accomplished musicians interested in pursuing music as a career. With degree coursework centered on establishing a firm foundation of performance practice, practical music knowledge and applied experience, students leave Kent State with the skills necessary to step into their first music classroom, graduate study or performance gig.
For more information, please contact Dr. Matthew Holm, Director of Percussion Studies, at email@example.com or 330-672-2172.
- Complete an application for admission to Kent State University.
- Complete an audition for admission to the Glauser School of Music.
English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students:
All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a
- Minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version),
- Minimum 75 MELAB score,
- Minimum 6.0 IELTS score,
- Minimum 48 PTE score or
- Minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program.
For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
Wind and Brass Instruments:
Concentrations in: Performance, Music Education or Bachelor of Arts in Music
- Major and chromatic scales—memorized.
- Memorization not required.
- Suggested repertoire is contained in the OMEA contest list.
- Compositions of equivalent difficulty may be substituted.
- Accompaniment is not required.
- Demonstration of sight reading proficiency.
Concentration in: Performance, Music Education or Bachelor of Arts in Music
- A solo on all of the following:
- Snare drum.
- Percussion keyboard (mallets).
- Timpani (Proficiency in tuning).
- Accompaniment is not required.
- Demonstration of sight reading proficiency on at least two of the above instruments.
Wind, brass, and percussion minor:
- Individuals interested in minoring must perform the above audition requirements and take the music theory placement test.
- The piano placement test is optional.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission.
- 3.0 GPA out of a 4.0 scale for unconditional admission.
- Official transcript(s)
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of career goals
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 525 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 71 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 74 MELAB score
- Minimum 6.0 IELTS score
- Minimum 50 PTE score
- Minimum 100 Duolingo test score
- Solo work demonstrative of proficiency on keyboard percussion (solo marimba work preferred).
- Standard orchestral excerpts for xylophone or glockenspiel, snare drum and timpani.
- Etude or solo for snare drum and timpani (or multiple percussion).
- Optional: demonstration of jazz skills on drum set, vibraphone, or steel pan.
- Recordings may be submitted in lieu of an audition at the Kent Campus. A DVD recording of a live performance is preferred in this case.