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Graduate Studies in Percussion

UNA currently offers a Master of Arts degree in Music Education (https://www.una.edu/music/music-education.html). This degree can include an internship option for those without a bachelors degree in music education, or an option with no internship for those who hold an education degree. While the degree is in music education, graduate students can continue to develop performance skills as they would if they were studying in a performance degree, with opportunities to study and develop their individual interests.

Scholarships can range from $300-4000 per semester. In addition out of state students scoring high enough on auditions may be eligible to have out of state tuition fees waived. Opportunities for graduate students can include performing with any of our ensembles, conducting/coaching a percussion ensemble, helping to administrate the percussion program, assisting with methods class, assisting with teaching the POD Percussion Section and more based on qualifications and experience. Courses specific to percussion include private lessons, graduate percussion ensemble, pedagogy and literature. In addition independent study courses specific to student interests can be explored.

Suggested repertoire is as follows:

Snare Drum:

1 rudimental solo 
1 concert solo or etude 
Play a concert style roll which crescendos from piano to fortissimo, and decrescendos back to piano over one minute.

Keyboards:

1 two mallet solo or etude
1 four mallet solo 
Major scales and arpeggios - 2 octaves 

Timpani:

1 solo or etude 
Tuning and pitch matching will be tested.

Drum set and ethnic percussion are not required for the audition but are encouraged to show additional performance skills.

Orchestral Excerpts:

2 Snare Drum
2 Mallet
2 Timpani
1 Tambourine
1 Triangle

Keyboard and/or snare drum sight reading will be required of all who audition.

Audition Dates for ALL Percussionists (choose one of the 3 dates below - email twiggins@una.edu ):with which date you prefer)

January 27, 2017

March 4, 2017

March 25, 2017

Final Marching Percussion Auditions May 6, 2017

Other dates can be arranged with Dr. Wiggins if you cannot make the scheduled dates!

Please apply for admission to the University before coming to audition for the music faculty.