MM in Percussion Studies

MM in Percussion Studies

Intensive Performance Training to Launch Your Career as a Professional Musician

This master of music program with a focus on percussion studies combines numerous performance opportunities with related academic study. You'll work closely with our renowned faculty in weekly private lessons and participate in repertoire classes that focus on solo performance and pedagogy. 

What You'll Learn
  • The knowledge and skills to achieve a high level of musical excellence to pursue a career as a professional musician
  • How to analyze the performance practices, both historical and contemporary, for repertoire from the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, informing the performance of that repertoire
  • Entrepreneurial skills essential to the real and varied world of the music profession, including concert programming, grant writing, promotional/audience development, website design, and press releases.
  • Practical working knowledge of technology commonly used in the music business

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree. For students interested in intensive timpani study, please refer to our Master's Timpani Focus.

In addition to the MM program, we also offer a one-year artist diploma.

How You'll Learn

Core and Elective Courses
The 36-point (or credit) program of study consists of two core courses in music research and music history/literature; six courses in music performance and performance practice, including private instruction, ensemble, repertoire, orchestration, and arranging classes; and three elective courses in subjects such as music theory, performing arts administration, and other related areas of interest.  

Performance Opportunities
In addition to private instruction, you'll have numerous performance opportunities, choosing from percussion ensembles such as the NYU Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Chamber Music EnsembleNYU Steel, and NYU African Gyil and Percussion EnsembleNYU Timpani Guildchamber ensemblesjazz ensembles; orchestras; and New Music ensembles. You'll study and perform classics, experimental music, world music, commercial music with films, and with dance and mixed ensembles.

Prepare for a career as a 
  • Music industry leader and performer
  • College or university professor, researcher, or administrator
Degree Details

Contact Us

Jonathan Haas
Program Director