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Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music

Percussion Performance

» Bachelor of Music in Performance, Percussion

The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Percussion Performance is an intensive program that focuses on classical training for solo, chamber, and orchestral experience. You'll also build a strong liberal-arts foundation to become a well-rounded, thinking musician with a firm grasp of both performance and theory.

In this program you will:

  • hone your musical skills
  • learn music theory
  • perform in your first year
  • take electives
  • have the choice to double-major or minor in an additional music or non-music discipline

Performance Opportunities from the First Day

Not only are there ample performance opportunities for you in a variety of venues throughout the year, including our state-of-the-art Musco Center for the arts, you'll be able to participate in ensembles your first year because there isn't a seniority system in the conservatory. When you audition for an ensemble, you are selected and seated based on your talent and level of commitment—so a first-year student has as much opportunity as a senior to participate in any given ensemble. In addition to large ensemble opportunities, chamber music is encouraged and is a required part of the major's curriculum.

Learn more about our music ensembles »


Chapman University's Percussion program is led by Dr. Nicholas Terry, a multi-nominated GRAMMY®-winning percussionist and educator specializing in contemporary classical chamber music. Currently based in Los Angeles, since 2005 his multi-faceted creative output has received critical acclaim from the Recording Academy (winner in 57th GRAMMY Awards, official nominee in 55th GRAMMY Awards), Percussive Arts Society (invited performer 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 International Conventions), iTunes (2014 Best of Classical Music), and National Public Radio (2017’s Top 10 Classical Albums). His music has been called “mesmerizing, atmospheric, and supremely melodic” by the New York Times, and“representing the next generation in the evolution of modern percussion” by conductor Pierre Boulez.

Influential guest artists are frequently invited to give masterclasses and lectures for our students, including:

  • Brightwork newmusic
  • PARTCH ensemble

We welcome your interest in our program and look forward to helping you live your dream.

Tour the Conservatory

Register for an in-person or virtual tour of the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. You may also request a complimentary private lesson or arrange to shadow a music class.

Related Programs

B.M. (Pre-Music Education Certification)

Music Minors