The Percussion Studies area at the University of Tennessee is devoted to producing multi-faceted percussionists who advance percussion performance, education, research, and appreciation. The unique curriculum holds students to a universal standard while offering them highly individual attention, allowing them to become complete musicians who can appreciate the percussive arts’ cultural diversity and historical background. The percussion studio works toward acting as a resource to the region and fosters learning in the university community by regularly hosting percussive events on campus. This page will provide information regarding a variety of information surrounding the UT Percussion Studies area, including important prospective student information, details regarding upcoming events and festivals, and resources for area educators and performers.
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About the Percussion Program
The UT Percussion Studies area provides a focused program of study in solo, chamber, and large ensemble performance. The program is complimented with a full-scale jazz studies degree program and all of the curricular / ensemble offerings that come with it, as well as a variety of authentic world music performance outlets. All students have the opportunity to perform in the large ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, UT Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the University of Tennessee Percussion Ensemble.
The UT Percussion Studio typically contains approximately 24 students: 18 undergraduates and 6 graduate students. All students study privately with Andrew Bliss, director of Percussion Studies at UT, and also have opportunities to study under Keith Brown for drumset, vibraphone, and jazz instruction as well as graduate teaching assistants. Additionally lower-classmen enroll in group classes on accessory percussion and timpani, while upper-classmen and graduate students participate in a weekly orchestral repertoire class. Finally, all students have a minimum of 3 solo performances per semester via the studio solo classes, semester studio recital, and faculty juries or solo recitals.