The percussion area at UMD is typically comprised of 10-15 undergraduate and graduate percussion students majoring in Music Performance, Music Education, Jazz Studies, or Bachelor of Arts. The percussion program is centered around a "total percussionist" philosophy, meaning all students will study and perform regularly on all major percussion instruments (snare drum, drum set, mallets, timpani, multiple percussion, and hand drums). The only exception would be to those individuals majoring in Jazz Studies, where students in that program focus primarily on drum set, snare drum, and vibraphone. In addition, all percussion students perform diverse musical styles on a regular basis.
All music majors receive one hour each week of one-on-one instruction with the applied teacher, Dr. Gene Koshinski (for more information visit www.genekoshinski.com). In addition, a studio class comprised of all percussionists meets twice per month and functions as an outlet for master classes, clinics, workshops, and guest artist presentations. Furthermore, the percussion ensemble is an integral part to the education of UMD percussion students (see ensembles for a description and soundclips). Lastly, the teaching/learning experience extends beyond the boundaries of applied lessons and ensembles, as the UMD percussion faculty employs an "open door" policy with the students.
Exciting events are put on in the percussion area each semester, often centering around the residency of a world-renowned guest artist. Recent guest percussion artists include Jeff "Tain" Watts (drum set), Matt Wilson (drum set), Ben Toth (solo/chamber/world percussion), Chris Hanning (drum set/concert percussion), Michael Udow (solo/chamber/ world percussion), and Matt Smallcomb (orchestral). The percussion area is constantly seeking top guest artists to visit campus to offer unique experiences for UMD percussion students.
If you have any questions about the percussion program at UMD please feel free to contact Dr. Gene Koshinski, Assistant Professor of Percussion, at (218) 726-6304 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UMD Entrance Auditions for Percussion
UMD offers both Bachelors and Masters degrees in music. To audition with percussion as your major instrument, please consult the audition requirements below. Talent scholarships are available through the music department. For scholarship consideration, percussion students must prepare more than the basic audition requirements (refer to the lists below).
Undergraduate Level Percussion Audition Requirements
Please Prepare all of the Following (required)
Graduate Level Percussion Audition Requirements
Please Prepare all of the Following
In Addition - Please Prepare TWO of the Following
Optional Drum Set
Rock, Funk, Bossa Nova, Songo, 6/8 and/or 12/8 Afro Cuban, clave-based Latin
Anthology, Tommy Igoe's Groove Essentials, etc.)
For Information about music department programs and upcoming concerts, please call 218-726-8877