About the Program

The percussion studies program at Rowan University is a multi-faceted traditional percussion program that offers instruction in all of the classical percussion instruments, jazz, rock, Latin, Broadway and much more.  Each week, students get private instruction on marimba, timpani, and snare drum. Weekly masterclasses on Wednesday offer group instruction on drum set, triangle, cymbals, tambourine etc.  Typically some of the masterclasses will be devoted to working on the literature selected by the various ensemble directors, such as the Wind Ensemble or University Orchestra.

Twice each semester, Associate Principal Percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Anthony Orlando, works with all of the students on selected topics.  Additional clinics and masterclasses are offered every semester from notable drum set artists, orchestral master percussionists, Latin percussionists, to tabla players and much more.

Students in percussion can major in music performance, music education, jazz studies (performance or education), composition or enroll in the BA program for a liberal arts education plus percussion.  Students can also minor in music from any other major as well.  All students in the percussion studio study with Professor Dean Witten and get to perform with the percussion ensemble, a celebrated musical ensemble at Rowan University.

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