Many of today's most successful percussion players began their careers at Berklee, including Cindy Blackman, Gary Burton, Will Calhoun, Tommy Campbell, Terri Lyne Carrington, Vinnie Colaiuta, Joey Kramer, Mike Portnoy, John "J.R." Robinson, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Steve Smith, and Antonio Sanchez.
They came to Berklee because of who we are: the world's largest independent music school and the premier institution for the study of today's music.
The Percussion Department at Berklee offers the most comprehensive percussion education you'll find anywhere. We provide individualized instruction on drum set, hand percussion, vibraphone, marimba, and orchestral percussion, allowing you to target any of these as your principal instrument. We offer you professional faculty who specialize in each of these disciplines, course work specifically designed to enhance your abilities, and abundant playing opportunities.
Watch Berklee Percussion Department faculty and students perform in a variety of styles:
We also know the place percussion holds in today's music worldofrom the traditional drum set role to MIDI controllers, from mallet techniques to the influx of world music. Percussion is versatile and expressive, and can be effective in any musical style. Studying at a college that offers you all those musical styles, as well as a complete practical music education, is the best way for you to turn your playing into a career.
Watch Berklee students record orchestral percussion parts in this video: