The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts
Degree Programs: BFA, MFA
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The Percussion Program provides students with a comprehensive survey of the percussion field, technical skills on numerous instruments, cultural fluency, and the resources necessary to pursue careers in a wide array of musical situations. Students are encouraged to pursue their own individual objectives and to engage in creative cross-cultural and cross-stylistic collaborations that bridge Western classical, new music, jazz, and global perspectives on music.
The extensive instrument collection used in this program includes all standard percussion instruments for orchestra and jazz; a variety of instruments from around the world; and many non-traditional, custom-built and found instruments. Students also sometimes design and construct their own specialized percussion instruments.
The curriculum covers traditional classical study, intensive chamber music and percussion ensemble experiences, improvisation, and electronic percussion. It also may be augmented by studies in jazz, Persian, Latin, West African, North Indian, Indonesian and other traditions.