The percussion studio at the University of Alabama prepares its members for a wide range of creative and career opportunities. Its students grow to be mature professionals, possessing both versatile craft and the creative spirit necessary to succeed in a 21st-Century environment. Its faculty maintains active national and international careers as performers and scholars, and its graduates begin careers as performers, educators, music therapists, and within other aspects of the music industry.

Percussion students at the University of Alabama perform with the School of Music’s Huxford Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensembles, and Contemporary Ensemble. The studio is unique in its region for its intense focus on chamber music, and the UA Percussion Ensemble specializes in performing unconducted repertoire for ensembles of 2-6 performers. Percussionists also appear with the UA Brass Ensemble, student-organized ensembles, and perform solo recitals.

Degrees Offered:

BM Performance
BM Jazz Studies
BM Composition
BM Theory
BM Music Therapy
BA General Music
BA Music Administration
BS Music Education
MM Performance
DMA Performance
PhD, EdS, EdD in Curriculum and Instruction

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Lauren Teel, Instructor of Percussion, director of UA Percussion Ensemble

Jennifer Caputo, director of UA African Drumming Ensemble

Mark Lanter, instructor of drumset and Jazz Studies

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