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Bachelor's in Percussion (BM)

The Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance prepares students with the training and background to succeed as a professional musicians. Students graduate with comprehensive musicianship skills, performance capability, analytic abilities and stylistic knowledge.


Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major
The Bachelor of Music is a full time, two-year program of concentrated, advanced study in a specialized area of creative pursuit. Students in CCPA's Bachelor of Music program are fully immersed in their chosen area of study through private lessons and coaching, performing ensembles, and seminars, developing professional competence and the capacity to make effective artistic and intellectual judgments.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

  • Study and performance of standard repertory encompassing all stylistic periods
  • Systematic development of technical skills
  • Development of collaborative and practical skill

More Opportunities

Performance Opportunities

Chamber music, chamber orchestra, symphony orchestra and wind ensemble

Faculty

In addition to the individuals pictured below, Roosevelt’s professional artist faculty in percussion includes Vadim Karpinos. Contact and additional information for these faculty will be available soon.

Testimonials

"The percussion faculty at CCPA comprises passionate teachers and performers who can be seen/heard on stages around the world, including here in Chicago (including the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera). Students in the percussion program will enhance their musicianship by learning and developing performance skills on their instrument under the tutelage of master artists. Students will also learn pedagogical techniques for teaching students while working in a cooperative-learning environment. Plus, if you are a student at CCPA you will get to live in the heart of Chicago, which is one of the most culturally and artistically diverse cities in the world."

​Ed Harrison
Head of Percussion Program and Artist Faculty, Percussion​​, Roosevelt University
Admission

Percussion Audition Requirements

All instruments will be supplied; students may bring their own snare drum and tambourine.

Freshman (BM)

A solo piece for keyboard percussion; a solo piece for timpani; a solo piece for snare drum

Sophomore, Junior, Senior (BM)

An advanced solo from any area of percussion, and: 

  • Snare drum: a rudimental roll mf>p<ff, and an orchestral roll mf>p<ff.
  • Keyboard percussion: A four-mallet etude.
  • Timpani: an etude from The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth, or an etude of similar difficulty

Masters in Performance (MM)

Mallet, timpani, and snare drum or multi-percussion solo pieces at the level of a final senior recital. Due to set-up constraints, applicants can submit a videotape of a multi-percussion solo at the live audition.

Performance Diploma

Mallet, timpani, and snare drum or multi-percussion solo pieces at the level of a final masters recital. Due to set-up constraints, applicants can submit a videotape of a multi-percussion solo at the live audition.

Masters in Orchestral Studies / Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies

  • 2- or 4-mallet marimba or vibes solo
  • Timpani solo
  • All of the following excerpts (five of these excerpts will be picked by the faculty at the audition):
    • Snare Drum: Rimsky-Korsakov/ Scheherezade; Capriccio Español; William Schumann/ Symphony #3; Prokofiev/ Lt. Kije 
    • Xylophone: Kabalevsky/ Colas Breugnon Overture; Stravinsky/ Le Noce; Kodaly/ Hary Janos 
    • Bells: Dukas/ Sorcerer's Apprentice; Debussy/ La Mer 
    • Tambourine: Stravinsky/ Petrouchka 
    • Cymbals: Tchaikowsky/ Romeo and Juliet
    • Vibraphone: Bernstein/ West Side Story 
    • Timpani: Beethoven/ Sym. No. 9; Tchaikowsky/ Sym. No. 4; Bartok/ Concerto for Orchestra
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