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Percussion Institute

Key Information

U-M Faculty Director: Professor Jonathan Ovalle

Application not yet available for 2016.

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The MPulse Percussion Institute provides high-school percussionists a unique opportunity to engage in two weeks of hands-on training in all areas of concert percussion. A limited number of spots are available each year to insure all participants receive a tremendous amount of individual attention. Rather than simply sitting and observing classes on instrumental techniques, MPulse percussionists actively participate and play in every performance class. These instrument-focused classes, combined with daily percussion ensemble rehearsals create a rich learning environment for every student, allowing them to gain valuable experience through a performance-based curriculum.

Areas Covered

  • Snare Drum (rudimental & concert)
  • Mallet Keyboards (two and four mallet)
  • Timpani
  • Cymbals/ Triangle/ Tambourine
  • Bass Drum & Tam-Tam
  • Drum Set
  • World Percussion
  • Music Theory/Ear Training
  • Practice Techniques
  • Percussion Solo Repertoire
  • Interpretation
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Private Lessons
  • College Audition Preparation

Percussion Ensemble

Percussion students at MPulse are all active participants in percussion ensemble. Rehearsals take place every day as students work on preparing repertoire for a finale concert on the last day of the Institute. A special emphasis is placed on un-conducted chamber works helping students to acquire valuable chamber music listening skills.


Past Percussion Ensemble Repertoire

Strange Loops - Patrick Long

Variations on a Ghanaian Theme - Daniel Levitan

Ostinato Pianissimo - Henry Cowell

Pulse – Henry Cowell

Mudra - Bob Becker

Factions - Lynn Glassock

Daybreak – Jack Stamp

Trio – Daniel Levitan

Trio for Percussion – Warren Benson

4/4 for Four – Anthony Cirone

Scavenger Music – Christopher Deane

Three Sketches – Jay Kennedy

Clapping Music - Steve Reich

Double Music - Cage/Harrison

Metro Chabacano - Javier Alvarez

Apple Blossom - Peter Garland

Crystal Canon - James Tenney



Daily Schedule

In addition to daily instrument classes, masterclasses, and percussion ensemble, students also participate in an ear training class every day. During the two-week institute, students are also rotated through a sequence of private lessons so every student receives at least two 60-minute private lessons during their two-week residency.


Application Instructions


The application consists of three parts. (Applications are not complete until the application fee has been received.)

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Recorded Audition Upload



“MPulse was an incredible opportunity for me to experience what going into music in college would be like. It helped me to realize that music is truly a career that I want to pursue. This camp really helped me grow as a musician and person and I highly recommend it for any serious young musician.”
Amy, Percussion 2014, MI
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