Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (BM) in performance
  • Bachelor of Music (BM) in performance and education (double concentration)
  • Master of Music (MM) in performance
  • Artist Diploma (AD) in performance
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in performance


The Mason Gross percussion program offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, providing a rich curriculum of courses spanning performance practice, private instruction, practical research, and hands-on training. Classes are small, and performance opportunities are abundant. The percussion program supplies students with a firm foundation for a career in music, whether the goal is to perform, teach, or prepare for further study.


Students receive a weekly 60-minute lesson with their major performance teacher. Participation in recitals and ensembles is an essential aspect of the program. Theory courses emphasize aural skills, analytical techniques, and the writing of tonal harmony and counterpoint. The music-history curriculum includes a rigorous examination of world music, Western tradition, and a variety of special study courses.


The Rutgers percussion faculty members perform regularly with the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, on Broadway, and with new music ensembles throughout the New York area. 

Head of Percussion: Joe Tompkins

Javier Diaz, Mike Truesdell and Kyle Zerna

Performance Opportunities

Ensemble participation is a fundamental part of your education in the percussion program. With over 300 performances each year, students have ample opportunity to perform. Ensembles include the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Sinfonia, Percussion Ensemble, HELIX! (New Music Ensemble) and the Marching Scarlet Knights.