The goal of percussion study at West Liberty University is to prepare the undergraduate student with a well-rounded percussion education that will allow them success in their future pursuits. Study will focus on the core areas of percussion performance – snare drum, mallet percussion, timpani, and drum set – as well as give students an introduction to many other instruments and musical styles.
Snare Drum (core instrument)
- One rudimental solo/etude from Pratt, Wilcoxon, or equivalent (published works only).
- One orchestral solo/etude from Cirone, Peters, Goldenberg, or equivalent (published works only).
Mallet Percussion (core instrument)
- All major scales and arpeggios, the chromatic scale (two octaves).
- One solo/etude from Goldenberg, Stout, Abe, J.S. Bach, Peters, Musser, Rosauro, or equivalent (published works only). A 4-mallet solo is preferred though not required (published works only).
Timpani (core instrument)
- Demonstrate tuning ability (tune a given pitch on any drum).
- One prepared solo/etude for 3-4 timpani from Goodman, Beck, Vic Firth, Peters, or equivalent (published works only).
Drum Set (core instrument)
- Demonstrate the following styles with either a metronome or (preferably) a play-along track (e.g. “Essential Styles” Book One by Steve Houghton):
- Bossa Nova
2. Demonstrate the ability to “trade fours” with yourself. This will require you to play “time” for four measures, then solo for four measures. Style and tempo – medium swing.
Hand Drumming / World Percussion (optional – please contact us prior to the audition)
- Demonstrate mastery of technique and various style on congas, bongos, Brazilian instruments, djembe, and/or other various ethnic percussion instruments. Candidate should contact the instructor prior to the audition to confirm instrument availability and acceptable repertoire.