Hand Drumming

Hand Drumming Department Chair

Hand Drumming Department Faculty

Guest West African Percussion Specialist: Michael Markus

Guest Middle Eastern Percussion Specialist: N. Scott Robinson

Guest Clinicians: Airto Moreira, Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo, Duduka DaFonseca and Bobby Sanabria are some of the percussionists that have given clinics and performances at UArts.

Playing Opportunities: The School of Music offers more than 50 different large and small music ensembles, more than 35 of which have drumset in their instrumentation. These include three big bands, a 10-piece fusion ensemble, 15 small jazz groups performing traditional and contemporary jazz (from Miles Davis and Charles Mingus to the Yellowjackets and the Brecker Brothers), a Rock Ensemble, Salsa Ensemble, Drumset Ensemble, Traditional Percussion Ensemble, Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, Afro-Caribbean Percussion Ensemble, a Mallet Ensemble, a Bucket Drum Ensemble (known as Rumble), World Music Ensemble, a Musical Theater Ensemble, Inter-disciplinary Ensemble, Chorus, Jazz Singers and Chamber Singers.

Program/Curriculum: Students take weekly one-hour private lessons on hand percussion for all four years they are enrolled. This innovative program will cover the essential elements of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Indian, West African and Middle East percussion, providing the student with the necessary tools to approach the different opportunities that you are presented with as a professional musician. For more information please contact the department chair, Arturo Stable, to set up a phone, Skype or personal meeting and go over the material in more detail.

Location: The University of the Arts is located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia on the “Avenue of the Arts,” next door to both the Academy of Music and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. There are 19 professional concert halls, jazz clubs, music clubs and theaters all within four blocks of school that present more than 80 professional concerts, recitals and music performances each week.

Equipment: The School of Music owns Matador Congas and Timbales, Cooperman Frame drums and other LP afro-Cuban and Brazilian Instruments. Twenty-two professional Yamaha drumsets are also available for student use. There are teaching rooms complete with audio/video systems with large wall-mounted speakers, plasma screens, dual drumsets, and a collection of more than 100 drum study texts and CDs, and DVDs. In addition, UArts has the first and only electronic drumset lab in a university in the U.S., with six Yamaha digital drumkits. There is also a wide array of timpani, mallet percussion, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, hand percussion and traditional percussion instruments.