Percussion Auditions

Applicants for all degree programs must demonstrate proficiency in at least two of the following three main areas of percussion performance for entrance into the Percussion Studio and in all three to be considered for scholarship.

1. SNARE DRUM

Concert-style: A published concert-style solo or etude from Anthony Cirone's Portraits in Rhythm, Jacques Delecluse's Douze Etudes pour Caisse-Claire, or equivalent. Selected material should best represent musical and technical development.

Rudimental-style: A published rudimental-style solo or etude from Charles Wilcoxon's The All American Drummer, John Pratt's Fourteen Rudimental Contest Solos, or equivalent. Selected material should best represent musical and technical development. Rudiments and rolls at various dynamics and speeds.

Sight-reading

2. KEYBOARD PERCUSSION (Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone)

Two Mallets: A published two-mallet solo or etude from Morris Goldenberg's Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba and Vibraphone, J.S. Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas or Cello Suites, or equivalent. Selected material should best represent musical and technical development.

Four Mallets: A published four-mallet solo or etude.  Selected material should best represent musical and technical development.

• Sight-reading

Scales: all major and minor keys

3. TIMPANI

• A published solo or etude from Richard Hochrainer’s Etuden für Timpani (Vol. 1-3), Saul Goodman's Modern Method for Timpani, or equivalent. Selected material should best represent musical and technical development, with careful attention to tone quality and pitch.

• Tuning of various intervals.

Faculty Contact: Michael Compitello, compitello@ku.edu


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