Percussion

Bachelor of Music (BM)
Master of Music (MM)
Graduate Certificate (GCRT)
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Applicants to programs in Percussion must submit an audition VIDEO recording to be evaluated by the faculty. The results of the first round of consideration will determine whether an applicant will advance to the second round of consideration.

Note: Recordings will not be accepted via mail or email for this program. Recordings must be submitted online through the “Fall SlideRoom portal” by the December 1st deadline. Any application not complete by December 1 may be removed from consideration.

  • UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS– For instructions on how to access the SlideRoom portal to submit your recording click HERE
  • GRADUATE APPLICANTS– For instructions on how to access the SlideRoom portal to submit your recording click HERE

First Round of Consideration

The audition recording should include the following:

BM Applicants:

Snare Drum

      • Long Roll-Start pp and gradually crescendo to ff, hold at ff for a few seconds, and gradually diminuendo back to pp for a total duration of 25-30 seconds.
      • Pratt “Drum Corps on Parade from 14 Modern Contest Solos for Snare Drum”– From the beginning to the downbeat of measure 28 (1/4 note = 108).
      • Concert Solo Etude from Cirone Portraits in Rhythm, Mitchell Peters Advanced Studies or Delecluse 12 Etudes, or the equivalent.

Mallets

  • Two Mallets
    • Two-mallet solo of your choice that would be suitable for a recital.
  • Four Mallets
    • JS Bach “Tempo de Bouree'” From Partita #1 first 20 bars 1st time only (1/2 note = 66).
    • 2-3 min excerpt of a Four-mallet Marimba or Vibraphone solo of your choice that would be suitable for a recital.

Timpani

(Please tune exclusively with an A440 tuning fork, and without the use of an electronic tuner)

  • Starting with the pedals in a low position, tune a B natural on the 29″ drum and an E natural on the 26″. Perform Goodman “The Modern Method for Timpani” – Etude #49.

Graduate Applicants:

Important notes:

    • DMA applicants are required to submit a “Doctoral Introductory Video” as part of their SlideRoom Portfolio. For detailed instructions click here.

Snare Drum

      • Long Roll-Start pp and gradually crescendo to ff, hold at ff for a few seconds, and gradually diminuendo back to pp for a total duration of 25-30 seconds.
      • Rudimental Solo Etude from Pratt, Wilcoxon or the equivalent.
      • Concert Solo Etude from Delecluse 12 Etudes, or the equivalent.

Mallets

      • Two mallets
        • Two-mallet solo of your choice that would be suitable for a recital.
      • Four mallets
        • 2-3 min excerpt of a Four-mallet Marimba or Vibraphone solo of your choice that would be suitable for a recital.
        • Three standard orchestral excerpts on Xylophone and two on Glockenspiel.

    Timpani

    (Please tune exclusively with an A440 tuning fork, and without the use of an electronic tuner)

        • Four standard orchestral excerpts.

    Second Round of Consideration

    Details regarding the second round of consideration for this program will be sent in late December via email to applicants who are advanced from the first round of consideration. No additional repertoire will be required for the second round of consideration, but may include interactive activities such as an online performance audition and/or interview.


    Important note for spring

    Undergraduate applications are not accepted for spring admission to this program unless the applicant is already enrolled at USC. All applicants for spring admission are also required to submit a recording for the first round of consideration. Spring applicants will be notified via email regarding their first round decision.