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Percussion Studio
  • Today's college percussion curriculum at the undergraduate level must present a wide variety of literature and opportunities to the student. At Capital University we strive for excellence in all aspects of percussion performance. We are dedicated to providing an educational environment that promotes a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of percussion in the music industry.

    If you still have further questions after looking around our Web site, please feel free to e-mail one of the percussion staff or students, and we will do our best to answer.

    Percussion Studio Faculty

    Robert Breithaupt – Director of Percussion Studies
    Nate Anders
    Eric Paton
    Ben Ramirez

    New and Incoming Percussion Students

    Resources and Facilities for Percussionists
    Percussion Photo Gallery
    Frequently Asked Questions 

    Undergraduate Degrees Offered for Percussionists

    Composition | Jazz Studies | Music Education | Music Industry | Music Media | Performance 

    Ensemble Opportunities for Percussionists

    Concert Percussion Ensemble | Chamber Percussion Ensemble | Jazz Percussion Ensemble | Ethnic Percussion Ensemble | MIDI Band | Symphonic Winds | Wind Symphony | Orchestra | Pit Orchestra (theater) | Chamber Groups | Jazz Ensembles | Big Band | Rock Band

    Audition Information

    Applicant should demonstrate ability in a minimum of three of the following five areas: snare drum: solo or etude; mallet percussion: solo or etude using two, three or four mallets; timpani: contest solo, orchestral excerpts, or etude of moderate difficulty; drum set: demonstrate basic style concepts of drum set drumming and may prepare a short solo to demonstrate improvisational skills; multiple percussion: solo or etude of moderate difficulty. Student also should be prepared to sight-read and play rudiments and scales. Students should supply sticks, mallets and literature. Demonstrate improvisational skills if appropriate.

    Suggested Reading

    Percussion Handbook 

    Fundamentals of Stroke, Articulation and Tone

    To request more information contact the Admission Office at admission@capital.edu or 866-544-6175. Or contact Robert Breithaupt, (bbreit@aol.com) the Percussion Studio director.