Western University Percussion Studio
Western offers a full-time faculty dedicated to establishing a technical and musical foundation on which students can build successful performing and teaching careers. The percussion studio typically consists of 16 undergraduate and graduate students combined. An undergraduate degree from Western develops the dedication and work ethic that prepares our students with the skills necessary to be successful in whichever career path they choose. We offer a competitive and supportive performance atmosphere coupled with rigorous academics. Consistency in technique, combined with emphasis on sound quality and musicianship, are hallmarks of the Percussion Studio at Western. Our faculty are available for extra consultation and foster a sense of community among all students in the Faculty of Music. Graduate students benefit from new perspectives and experiences as well as generous funding, and for those who qualify, teaching assistantships.
- The percussion suite includes more than 2,400 square feet of teaching studios, rehearsal rooms, five large dedicated practice rooms and storage space.
All honours degree programs include:
- Full-hour lessons for the entire four years
- Performance Majors receive one and a half-hour lessons in their third and fourth years as they prepare for recitals and juries
- Participation in the Percussion Ensemble
- Participation in at least one other large instrumental ensemble such as the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band or Jazz Ensemble.
- Chamber Ensemble opportunities are also available
The Western University Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Jill Ball, is a dynamic performing group presenting concerts both on campus and off. The Ensemble, comprised of Percussion Majors, performs a variety of styles with a focus on contemporary percussion literature, and there are often appearances by guest artists. The Western Percussion Ensemble has performed in numerous OMEA (Ontario Music Educators Association) Showcase concerts, at LOLA (London Ontario Live Arts Festival) festivals, the 2009 and 2018 Ontario Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion and appeared as guests artists with the London Concert Band and the Blythe Festival Singers. Other performances include Soundstreams Canada at the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, performing music by Peter Sculthorpe; Omar Daniel Composer’s Concert UWO; Southwestern Ontario Region Music Fest, London, and twice at the South Huron Schools’ Fall Band Festival in Clinton.