Percussion Area Faculty:

Henry Eichman

Instructor, Percussion
Contact Address

UMD Dept of Music
248 Humanities
Duluth, MN 55812



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Percussion Studio Overview

The UMD Percussion Studio is typically comprised of 10-15 undergraduate and graduate percussion students, majoring in Music Performance, Music Education, Jazz Studies, or Bachelor or Arts.

The UMD percussion program is centered around a “total percussionist” philosophy, meaning that all students will study and perform regularly on all major percussion instruments (snare drum, drum set, keyboard percussion, timpani, multiple percussion, and hand drums).

Those majoring in Jazz studies will focus primarily on drum set, but will also develop skills on snare drum and keyboard percussion. Percussion students have the opportunity to perform in a variety of ensembles such as Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, several big bands and jazz combos, and the Bulldog Marching Band.

All percussion majors receive a 1-hour private lesson each week, and non-majors (including music minors and those studying percussion as a secondary instrument) receive 30-minute lessons each week. The lesson curriculum for percussion majors is spread out to cover all the instruments mentioned previously throughout their time of study, while students taking non-major lessons are free to specify which instrument they would like to pursue. In addition, a studio class including all percussion students meets weekly and functions as an outlet for masterclasses, clinics, workshops, and guest artists presentations.

Furthermore, the various percussion ensembles (Percussion Ensemble, Graduate Percussion Group, and Hand Drum Ensemble) are an integral part to the education of UMD percussion students as well as non-major percussionists.


Percussion Ensembles


UMD Percussion Ensemble

The UMD Percussion Ensemble rehearses 3 hours each week and performs one concert each semester. This group performs a wide variety of literature including historically significant works, contemporary percussion ensemble literature, world music, and elements of popular music.

The percussion faculty performs frequently with the ensemble, offering the students a unique side-by-side experience to inform their chamber music skills. The Percussion Ensemble is open to all UMD students (audition required for non-majors) and typically has 12-15 members.


Graduate Percussion Group - UMD Graduate Program currently Paused

The Graduate Percussion Group focuses on the performance of advanced chamber music at the highest level. The ensemble presents a full program each spring in addition to performance opportunities throughout the year. Graduate percussion students are coached by and perform closely with the faculty to present dynamic and diverse performances.



Hand Drum Ensemble

The UMD Hand Drum Ensemble is open to all students and focuses on a hands-on exploration of percussion music and instruments from around the world. The extensive percussion instrument collection at UMD supports learning and performing in the following areas: Brazilian Percussion, African Percussion, Middle Eastern Percussion, Cuban/Haitian Percussion and Chinese Percussion.


Facilities and Equipment

The UMD Percussion Studio boasts a wide range of percussion equipment of the highest professional caliber, including a vast array of world, contemporary, and specialized percussion instruments to complement an impressive collection of traditional concert percussion equipment. The bulk of the instrument collection is housed in a large percussion storage facility conveniently located adjacent to the music department’s primary rehearsal space. There are 6 designated percussion practice rooms that are outfitted with various instruments (certain rooms also equipped with sound systems for audio playback).


Entrance Auditions for Percussion

UMD offers both Bachelors and Masters degrees in music. To audition with percussion as your major instrument, please consult the audition requirement posted below.

Talent scholarships are available through the music department. For talent scholarship consideration, percussion students must prepare more than the basic audition requirements. Follow the requirements listed below: