The percussion faculty promote learning in many percussion areas to make well-rounded players. We believe that our students should leave having experienced as much of a variety of percussion studies as possible which is why we have five percussion faculty teaching in their areas of expertise. We know that most successful percussionists and music educators have a great balance of musical knowledge and we know that few people end up doing exactly what they set out to do when they are deciding where to attend college and what degree to pursue. Happily, many students end up finding something that they are even more passionate about after going to college and that passion will help ensure their success. We look to build the well-roundness of our students as they proceed to their graduation knowing that they will have more opportunities to specialize later, after their undergraduate years.
The Percussion Ensemble performs works written exclusively for percussion in a chamber music format as well as for large ensemble including those of contemporary and traditional composers as well as the time-honored music of various world cultures. The ensemble is open to all percussion students by audition and performs an on-campus concert each semester.The Steel Band (MUSE 309) explores the music of steel drums from the traditional music of Trinidad and Tobago to contemporary arrangements of popular music as well as symphonic music arranged for steel band. The Steel Band promotes superior ensemble and performance skills, performs a variety of concerts on and off campus, and is open to any NKU student by audition.
The arts-rich Cincinnati/Northern KY area is full of opportunities to earn while learning in teaching and performing. Our students all benefit from that plus can often benefit from the local, regional, and national connections of our percussion faculty. With 52 high schools in this area’s 5 counties, all of our students who want to teach local drumlines or teach privately, do. Our top students who want to perform locally, do. Additionally, we are small with no graduate program so our students are never taught by graduate assistants nor do they have to compete against them for the best spots in our ensembles. Our students gig more in the Cincinnati area more than any other Cincinnati music program because our faculty are more connected to the area’s freelance scene, which provides much opportunity at a professional level.