The percussion performance division prepares students for professional or graduate work in performance and studio teaching. Percussion students will have opportunities to develop their playing through applied lessons and master classes, as well as through performance in award-winning chamber ensembles, large ensembles (bands and orchestras), and jazz ensembles.
Percussion studies at BYU encompass a wide range of musical styles while providing students with excellent facilities and resources. Undergraduates study a core curriculum that includes snare drum (both concert and rudimental), timpani, drum set, and keyboard percussion. Performance ensembles include traditional ensembles of band and orchestra along with jazz big bands, combos, percussion ensemble, steel band, and gamelan. Percussion students often perform with guest artists, and many students are also able to perform in ensembles that tour throughout the world.
Graduates of the program have gone on to perform in professional orchestras, popular commercial groups, and military bands, in addition to teaching at universities and public schools, composing music, and being involved in entrepreneurial pursuits in the music business and elsewhere.