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The Percussion principal study is available in the Bachelor of Music (Performance), Bachelor of Music (Music Education) and Diploma of Music, and involves involves instrumental lessons, performance workshops and masterclasses.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in percussion. The undergraduate percussion program is dedicated to the formation of comprehensive foundations in solo, chamber music and large ensemble performance. Postgraduate studies are designed to support each student’s particular areas of focus and specialisation.

Australia’s leading percussionists are on staff with professional links to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australia Opera and Ballet Orchestras.  Recent International visitors have included Colin Curry, Brian Zator, Alan Cumberland, JB Smith, Joby Burgess, Wei-Chen Lin and Mark Ford.

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Graduate opportunities

Percussion students will develop as professional musicians who will reach the levels of excellence demanded by the music profession. Graduates are prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities, including careers as performing soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral/ensemble players, as well as music educators, creators, researchers and writers.

Career pathways

− artist agent − arts administrator − audio engineer − chamber/orchestral musician − concert manager − concert soloist − conductor − contemporary musician − ethnomusicologist − event producer − festival or venue manager − jazz musician − music journalist − music producer − musicologist − orchestra manager − private studio teacher − school music teacher

Courses that offer this major

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Units of study in this major

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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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