The School of Music Drumline in Percussion

“Percussion is the violin of the 21st century.”

New York Times

School of Music - Percussion

Join the University of Akron's School of Music where you can earn your undergraduate and graduate degrees in percussion. Our program includes both classical and contemporary percussion as well as an emphasis on music from other cultures. In addition, there are opportunities to play drumset in the Jazz Ensembles.

Alumni Spotlight

Percussion student in the school of music at The University of Akron
The University of Akron Percussion Department is a unique environment to study the art of being a percussionist. Being in constant contact with fellow musicians, both in school and on gigs in the real world provides a great balance between study and application of those studies... Being a part of such diverse musical cultures, specifically, the steel drum band, helped formulate not only my career path but also my general worldview! I’ll always be in debt to UA for my experience there.”
Josh Quillen
Member of Sō Percussion
Director of steel band programs at NYU and Princeton
Edward T. Cone Ensemble-in-Residence at Princeton University
B.M., B.M.E. '03

Why Akron?

The School of Music percussion department ensembles at The University of Akron


The Percussion department features four widely acclaimed percussion ensembles.

Percussion ensembles
The School of Music percussion department at The University of Akron


See the scholarships and opportunities that are available while you're studying percussion.

Scholarship opportunities
The School of Music percussion department at The University of Akron

Accomplished Alumni

Our graduates, featured guest artists and clinicians maintain strong ties with our program.

Meet our graduates and guest artists

Percussion Faculty