Southeast Missouri State University

Percussion Studies Philosophy
Percussion studies at Southeast are designed to develop a well-rounded percussionist with the highest level of musicianship and an appropriate competency in performance and teaching. The percussion curriculum accomplishes this goal through the following: 

  • A basic understanding of concepts used and the technical ability to perform on snare drum, keyboard percussion, timpani, drum set, and accessory percussion instruments.
  • Experience in solo recital and ensemble performances.
  • Performance of a variety of literature in many styles and areas of percussion.
  • Attendance and participation at weekly studio classes, recitals, and master classes.
  • The understanding of teaching procedures, rehearsal and conducting techniques, and enduring values used to achieve a positive environment to enable the highest level of academic, musical, and personal growth.

Percussion Inventory
Percussion studies at Southeast are well supported by a vast inventory of percussion instruments and the acquisition of new equipment each year to meet the demands of the modern day percussionist.  Currently, percussionists at Southeast have access to:

  • Six marimbas, five vibraphones, three concert bells, two xylophones.
  • Three sets of four timpani, two concert bass drums, two chamber bass drums.
  • Five drum sets, eight concert toms, numerous snare drums and field drums
  • An enormous collection of accessory instruments.
  • A complete drum line (six snare drums, three tenors, five bass drums, cymbals).

Percussion Ensemble (MU275)
Percussion ensemble rehearses at least twice a week and performs at least one full concert each semester with miscellaneous smaller performances throughout each semester.  Percussion ensemble is open to any percussionist at Southeast with the permission of the director.  Each semester the percussion ensemble performs a wide variety of repertoire representing many eras, styles, and composers.

Other Percussion Performance Opportunities
Besides the Southeast Percussion Ensemble, percussion students have the opportunity and are expected to perform in various other school ensembles. The following ensembles are open to all percussionists by permission and/or audition:

  • Wind Symphony (audition)   
  • Concert Band (open)
  • Orchestra (audition)
  • Studio Jazz Ensemble (audition)
  • Jazz Lab Band (open)
  • Marching Band (open)

Percussion for the Non-Major
The percussion studio at Southeast periodically offers a few selected openings each semester for students who are not music majors.  Any student who has had some prior experience with drums/percussion is invited to inquire about receiving applied percussion lessons as well as participating in ensembles.

Percussion Lecture Courses
Percussion Techniques (ME261) - Percussion Techniques is designed and required for all Bachelor of Music Education majors.  Throughout the course of one semester basic concepts and techniques are introduced and practiced on all basic percussion instruments (snare drum, keyboard percussion, timpani, and drum set) and some accessory percussion instruments.

Percussion Pedagogy (MU430) - Percussion Pedagogy is designed and required for all Bachelor of Music (performance) majors. This course explores various aspects of percussion teaching, including learning the techniques of teaching students at various ages and levels of advancement.  Class discussion focuses on learning theories and their application to the teaching of percussion analysis from a pedagogical point of view of teaching repertoire. 

Percussion Literature (MU432) - Percussion Literature is designed and required for all Bachelor of Music (performance) majors.  This course explores three primary areas of percussion literature:

  • Percussion in the orchestra.
  • Percussion in chamber ensembles.
  • Solo percussion.

Entrance Audition Requirements
Snare Drum - any solo or etude
Keyboard - any solo or etude
Timpani - any solo or etude
Drum Set - demonstrate various styles
Sight-Reading - snare drum & keyboard

  • Undergraduate applicants must audition on two major percussion instruments of their choice.
  • Graduate applicants must audition on three major percussion instruments of their choice.

For more information contact:
Dr. Shane Mizicko, Director of Percussion
Department of Music
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS 7800
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Phone:  (573) 651-2343
Fax:  (573) 651-2431
E-mail:  smizicko@semo.edu

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