Taking Percussion Lessons

Individual lessons are available for percussionists at Duke: Percussion (MUSIC 107-1 or 207-1).

There are also fantastic opportunities for percussionists in the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Duke New Music Ensemble [dnme]. Jazz performers will find exciting opportunities in the Jazz Ensemble.

Lessons and ensembles require an audition, which takes place during the first week of classes. Auditions will be conducted by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, director of the Wind Symphony, as well as members of the percussion faculty (see below).

Djembe Percussion

Students who wish to learn Djembe (West African) percussion have many options at Duke. Djembe class (MUSIC 101-4) and individual lessons in Djembe (MUSIC 107-2 or 207-2) are available. The Djembe ensemble provide students with an opportunity to perform with renowned guest artists.

Contact Bradley Simmons to set up an audition for any Djembe percussion classes, lessons, or ensembles.



The Music Library in the Biddle Music Building houses thousands of scores and recordings, as well as online listening resources.

Percussion instruments for practice are available in the Biddle Music Building. Students MUST be enrolled in percussion lessons or ensembles to access the percussion practice room. Contact Gretchen Hoag for further information.