Percussion

Percussion

The Music Department offers students the opportunity to study with gifted, nationally and internationally recognized faculty while pursuing their undergraduate or graduate music degrees.

Undergraduate students may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music or a Bachelor of Music Degree.  Students choosing a career path in the Bachelor of Music Degree may specialize in one or more areas of emphasis: music composition, music education, music performance, music theory, or the Bachelor of Music Degree with elective studies in business.

Master of Music students can pursue emphases in composition, instrumental conducting, instrumental performance, music education, music history, or theory.

Graduate students who have completed an MA Degree or its equivalent have the opportunity to further develop their musical skills in a performance-intensive program culminating in a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Performance.

Faculty

 

Undergraduate Auditions

The gateway to pursuing a music degree is through auditioning for and being accepted into an applied faculty member’s private studio.

Because of limited space, each professor may only be able to accept a select number of students into their studio each year. Your preparation for the audition is vital to your success.

Students should be prepared to play two separate auditions.  The preliminary audition will take place during the scheduled music major audition dates.  For the preliminary audition students should prepare either their All-State or All-District audition material or appropriate solo literature that will showcase their technical and musical skills.  Out of state students may audition via video (DVD or private YouTube video) although a live audition is preferred. 

The Preliminary Audition will consist of scales, rudiments and sight-reading, and prepared solos on all of the following instruments: Concert Snare Drum, Marimba (four mallet solos encouraged but not required), and Timpani.

The Second Round Audition will be held on the University of Arkansas Campus in Fayetteville.  Following the Preliminary Audition students will receive information regarding how to access the audition materials for the Second Round Audition from the band’s web site.  In addition students wishing to audition for a position on the battery will need to prepare a solo of their choice on either the Rudimental Snare Drum (traditional grip) or the Tenor Drum (including exercises and/or a prepared solo).

We look forward to hearing you play for us. Thank you for including us in your musical journey.

The steps for applying to become a music major are:

  1. Complete the University of Arkansas Application for Admission.
  2. Submit a Music Major Application.
  3. Ask your two references to submit letters of recommendation to Undergraduate Music Admissions, 201 Music Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Undergraduate Admissions”.
  4. Schedule an audition. Please contact Connie Vick to schedule your music major audition.

Graduate Auditions for Master of Music Degree or Certificate in Advanced Performance

The choice to pursue musical studies at the graduate level is an important decision in the continuing development of a musician's skill. We welcome the opportunity to assist you and encourage you to make careful preparation for your audition/interview. This process is vital to your success.

Percussionists should be prepared to perform an etude that demonstrates their level of musical and technical ability on snare drum (rudimental and concert style), keyboard percussion (2 and 4 mallet marimba), and timpani (four drums) for the audition.

Students living further than 300 miles away from Fayetteville may submit a DVD with all of the materials listed below. All requested audition materials should be labeled with the candidate's name, major instrument, and MM emphasis to be pursued. Materials should be mailed to Music Graduate Admissions, University of Arkansas, 201 Music Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to www.music.uark.edu with the subject line "Music Graduate Admissions".

The steps for applying are as follows:

  1. Complete the University of Arkansas Application for Admission.
  2. Ask three individuals to submit their letters of recommendation to Music Graduate Admissions, 201 Music Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent tomusic@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions”.
  3. Schedule an audition with Chalon Ragsdale.

Students wishing to apply for a Music Department Teaching Assistantship must complete a “Graduate School Application for Graduate Assistantship” and submit it to Music Graduate Admissions, University of Arkansas, 201 Music Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions”.