Bachelor of Music in Performance: Percussion
- All students at Berklee College of Music study a principal instrument and will ultimately select a major in their second semester. We offer 12 diverse majors; many students choose performance, the largest major at the college.
Turn your playing into a career with the most comprehensive percussion education found anywhere. As a percussionist majoring in performance, you will learn the skills, concepts, and methodology required to demonstrate professional-level proficiency on your principal instrument, whether that is drum set, hand percussion, vibraphone, marimba, total percussion, or steelpan. You’ll reach new levels of mastery through private lessons, which include proficiency-based final exams, percussion labs, and performance studies classes.
Watch a performance by Berklee Marching Percussion club:
Graduates of the program will:
- Synthesize and integrate knowledge of posture and technique into daily practice routine.
- Demonstrate technical proficiency on principal instrument.
- Play in a variety of contemporary and traditional musical styles.
- Play in ensembles of varying size, instrumentation, and stylistic orientation.
- Synthesize and integrate knowledge of contemporary and traditional musical styles into performance.
- Improvise in a variety of contemporary and traditional styles, including, but not limited to, jazz, rock, and Latin music.
- Record, mix, and edit performances using a variety of software.