The Percussion Area at Illinois State University is comprised of undergraduate and graduated students majoring in performance, music education, music business, arts technology, music therapy, and liberal arts.
Weekly one-on-one meetings between student and professor. Lessons focus on analysis and performance of exercises, etudes, and solos designed to grow the student’s technical abilities and musical expression. Areas of focus include concert snare drum, keyboard percussion, timpani, and multiple percussion, and may also include drum set and world percussion depending on the student’s need and/or interest. Private lessons culminate in an end-of-semester juried performance for a panel of School of Music faculty. Meeting times for private lessons are arranged by the professor and student at the beginning of each semester.
Masterclass is a group meeting for all students enrolled in Applied Percussion, and is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-3:50 p.m. Classes occur in a variety of formats, including:
The Illinois State University Percussion Ensemble has been entertaining audiences with new works and classics from the percussion repertoire for years. Under the direction of David L. Collier and Ben Stiers, this ensemble performs everything from standard percussion literature to avant-garde to pop.
Percussion Ensemble is open to both majors and non-majors for credit. A solid background in all of the standard percussion instruments is required for participation in the group. This ensemble is dedicated to the development of the performer within a total percussion environment through the performance of medium to large ensemble works of every genre.
The facilities for the Percussion Area at Illinois State include the Percussion Ensemble Rehearsal Room, the Percussion Studio and six dedicated percussion practice rooms. In addition, each of the four large ensemble rehearsal rooms are fully-equipped with their own set of percussion equipment.
All prospective percussion majors and minors must demonstrate ability in the three (3) core percussion areas: snare drum, keyboard percussion, and timpani. Since the time constraints of the audition process limit the total interview time, students may choose to submit additional video performances (via DVD or private YouTube videos) that include other performance areas such as Multiple Percussion, Drum Set, and/or World Percussion that would enhance their application (this is optional and not required). Optional performance on multiple percussion, drum set, or ethnic percussion may be possible at the audition. Any questions regarding the audition, music, technical aspects, instruments to bring, etc., should be directed to David Collier.
The following suggestions are representative of acceptable repertoire for undergraduate admission auditions. You are NOT limited to what is listed. Students should not hesitate to use music similar in nature and difficulty.
Some etude and solo selections include, but are not limited to the list below:
You may choose to also play drum set. If you wish to do this at your audition, please let us know in advance so the equipment can be set up. Be prepared to play the following: medium swing, up-tempo swing, jazz waltz, bossa nova, samba, funk, and trading-fours in swing. In addition, if you are auditioning on drum set, please bring a recording containing your performance in various groups (i.e., big band, combo, rock band, etc).
Percussionists in the School of Music at Illinois State University have the opportunity to perform in a number of different large ensembles and small ensembles.