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 and Afro Cuban Percussion

Students who wish to learn Djembe (West African) or Afro Cuban percussion have many options at Duke. Classes are available in Djembe (MUSIC 101-4) or African Dance Percussion (MUSIC 101L-6). Individual lessons in Djembe (MUSIC 107-2 or 207-2) are also available. The Djembe and Afro-Cuban ensembles provide students with an opportunity to perform with renowned guest artists.

Contact Bradley Simmons to set up an audition for any Djembe or Afro Cuban 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.