The Percussion Section

Percussion instruments are a family of musical instruments in its own category. Instruments in the percussion family can be categorized into drums, keyboards, or accessories. In general, all percussion instruments produce their sounds by striking the instrument in various ways. 

Our beginner class is designed to focus on practice pad (for an overall drum technique) and keyboard instruction. Students are also introduced to timpani, other drums such as bass drum and toms, as well as accessories such as triangle and tambourine. Beyond 6th grade, students strengthen their understanding as a percussionist through an ensemble class. 

Phyiscal Characteristics:  coordination and high gross and fine motor skills

Percussion Personality Trait:  "coordinated"

Important Info for Percussion

Attend the 5th-grade online parent meeting on Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:30 pm.

This is when you'll sign up for an interview time at our Instrument Selection Day. If you're unable to attend the meeting, please email Mr. Parsons (

If interested in percussion, attend the percussion tryouts on Tuesday April 9th, AND Saturday, April 6th instrument selection day. Students who do not make the percussion class will play their April 6th instrument selection.

The directors will help you try out the different instruments to find what will fit you best! Will take between 15-20 mins.

Percussion Interviews: All students interested in trying out for percussion MUST sign-up for a Saturday time to choose their second choice. This is a procedure we do every year for beginner percussion students. On the following Tuesday, we will have our percussion “try-out” (you don’t have to have previous skills, we are looking for innate coordination). Families who selected percussion as their first choice will receive an additional email at a later date.

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