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Gain the knowledge and skills to become a professional percussionist
Deepen and broaden your percussion performance capabilities in preparation for a career as a professional musician. Develop your ear, creativity and confidence along with classes in musicology, history and analysis.

Our percussion program is dedicated to giving you a comprehensive foundation in solo, chamber music and large ensemble performance.

Your studies will involve:

  • solo performance
  • percussion ensemble
  • symphony orchestra
  • wind symphony
  • modern music ensemble
  • opera orchestra
  • early music ensemble
  • our big bands.
  • Access professional links to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australia Opera and Ballet Orchestras.
  • Our percussion staff have a wide range of professional experience including performances with the Sydney Symphony, Western Australian Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and can support you to develop the skills to become a versatile performer.
  • We regularly host National and International guests in performances and masterclasses.
  • Percussion Ensemble and Chamber music studies are integrated as a core part of the curriculum and you will have the opportunity to participate in large ensembles.
  • Mr Kevin Man, Coordinator of Percussion Studies, Casual Lecturer in Percussion

Percussionists go on to play or perform in various musical groups and projects. However, the skills gained within our courses – such as research, critical thinking, communication and public speaking – are transferable to a range of industries and occupations:

  • soloist
  • chamber or orchestral musician
  • recording/touring artist
  • music teacher (primary/secondary)
  • private tutor
  • music research/academia
  • technician/technical supervisor at music venues
  • artist agent
  • arts administrator
  • audio engineer
  • music events manager

What are my study options with percussion?