The University of Michigan

All prospective candidates (BM, MM, Specialist, DMA) interested in auditioning for the percussion program must submit a preliminary audition video (pre-screen) prior to being invited to take a final (live) audition in Ann Arbor. These videos are to be submitted by December 1. For specific Information on auditions and pre-screen repertoire, please click here. 

We offer students 12 dedicated percussion practice rooms as well as additional space for personal storage. We also have dedicated space for multi percussion set-ups so students can leave their set-ups intact for the duration of their time learning/performing a work. Beginning in the fall of 2015, the percussion program will be moving into a brand new, state-of-the-art percussion facility as part of the new expansion and renovation of the Moore building. The percussion instrument inventory at the University of Michigan has few rivals in the country. We work hard to maintain all of our instruments at an exceptional level. For more specifics regarding the equipment inventory please click here. 

We are fortunate to be able to host a number of guest artist visits every year. These visiting guests are an important part of helping students connect with successful professionals in the field as well as receive direct instruction and mentoring from some of the world's finest percussionists. For a more comprehensive listing of previous guest artists click here.

We take great pride in being a comprehensive percussion program. At the University of Michigan, percussion students enjoy studying a wide range of focused areas, including: mallet keyboards, multi-percussion, timpani, orchestral percussion, world percussion, drumset, solo repertoire, and chamber music. We work to help students find their own artistic voice and support areas of interest which are motivating to them, while also maintaining a broad, comprehensive approach which covers all of the above areas. In addition to a depth of performance skills, we feel it is equally important to concurrently gain expertise in the areas of pedagogy, composition & arranging, improvisation, audio/video editing, as well as self-marketing and entrepreneurial skills. We feel these skills combined with a broad-based percussion education are critical to succeeding in the 21st-century marketplace and we are committed to supporting curriculum which will help each of our students attain their professional goals. 

For more information about the Percussion Program at the University of Michigan, please click here.


Director of Percussion Studies
Associate Professor of Music

phone. 734-764-6520
office. 1427 Moore Building
           1100 Baits Drive
           Ann Arbor . MI