Percussion Performance

Percussion Performance Faculty

Dr. Brady Spitz
Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Percussion Activities
Room 124, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-4979

Mission Statement

The Master of Music in Performance degree in the Hayes School of Music is based on the pillars of performance, entrepreneurship, scholarship and pedagogy, relevance, and wellness. These fundamental pillars support musicians in developing versatility and leadership for successful and independent performance careers in the 21st century. Close mentorship between the student and the faculty is central to the program, which facilitates exceptional opportunities to excel in the art of music.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance Semester Hours Required (minimum): 32 to 35 - varies by concentration - see below. 

Course Requirements for students who entered the program before Fall 2022 can be found here.

Required Courses
  • AMU 6xxx: Applied Music (2+2+2+2 = 8)
  • MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature – topics depend on concentration (2)
  • MUS 5120: Music Research for Performers (2)
  • MUS 5130: Seminar in Music History, Culture, and Analysis (4)
  • MUS 5140: Performers Symposium (1+1+1+1 = 4)
  • MUS 5150: Artist Portfolio (1)
  • MUS 5960: Community Engaged Performance (1)
  • MUS 5998: Master of Music in Performance Recital (1)

Performance Concentration (Code: 558L)
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 32

  • MUS 5100: Performance Ensemble (1+1+1+1=4)
  • MUS 5022: Applied Area Pedagogy (2)
  • 3 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

Recital Requirements

  • The recital will consist of approximately forty to fifty minutes of music performance.
  • All areas of percussion, i.e., keyboard percussion (marimba and vibraphone), timpani and multiple percussion will be included.
  • At least one selection must be accompanied by piano, chamber ensemble, or electronic tape.
  • At least one avant-garde composition must be performed.

Assistantships and Scholarships

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Percussion Assistantships

The Percussion Assistantship involves assisting with instrumental methods classes, ensembles, and private lessons. The stipend for one year is $8,500.