About the Percussion Studio
The Percussion Studio at Southern Miss presently consists of twenty undergraduate students and six graduate students. Four of the graduates hold graduate assistantships. The assistantship assignments are for the Percussion Studio (2), the PRIDE Drum Line and band department, and the USM Symphony Orchestra. Southern Miss offers degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, Jazz Studies, Music Industry and a Bachelor of Arts. We also offer a Masters in Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts. We are proud of our reputation for excellence and look to build and grow on our solid foundation.
Our philosophy on teaching, is to prepare each student for what they will encounter in life following college. Compared to most college programs we tend to take a more “Practical Approach.” Music education, performance and jazz studies majors are required to pass proficiencies each semester on the major percussion instruments (snare drum, mallet keyboards, timpani and drum set). The proficiencies vary depending the degree plan. As the students study these instruments, they also will be introduced to hand drums, Brazilian percussion instruments, steel drums and much more. What the students practice in the studio is applied in the various percussion ensembles such as the Concert Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, Samba Band, Marimba Ensemble, Salsa Band, wind bands, jazz lab bands, orchestra and various chamber groups. The drum line is also a very important part of the Percussion Studio at Southern Miss. We are always looking for great rudimental players!