Area of Study: Percussion

Percussion at YSM

Percussionists at the Yale School of Music perform solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire, much of which is contemporary. Students participate in weekly private lessons and studio seminar and play in the Yale Philharmonia and the Yale Percussion Group. The School’s New Music New Haven concert series offers frequent opportunities to collaborate with composers on premieres of new works.

Alumni from the School’s percussion program have gone on to form such notable contemporary ensembles as Sō Percussion, win solo competitions, and teach at schools throughout the United States and Europe.

faculty spotlight

Robert Van Sice
Lecturer in Percussion

Robert van Sice

Faculty percussionist Robert van Sice is considered one of the world’s foremost performers of contemporary music for marimba.

Degrees + Programs

Master of Music

The two-year master of music (M.M.) degree program is open to students who hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any major.

Master of Musical Arts

The performance-oriented master of musical arts (M.M.A.) program is designed for students who want to further their education beyond an M.M. degree.

Doctor of Musical Arts

The intensive doctor of musical arts (D.M.A) program is comprised of a two-year residency followed by a three-year period in which candidates launch their professional careers.

Artist Diploma

The highly selective artist diploma (A.D.) program is designed for young artists who demonstrate potential for a major concert career.

Certificate in Performance

The three-year certificate in performance program is designed for performers who do not hold a bachelor’s degree but want to study at the highest level.


The bachelor of arts/master of music (B.A./M.M) program is designed for young instrumentalists also interested in pursuing a liberal arts education.

Perform at Yale
At the Yale School of Music, there are numerous opportunities to perform in the School’s historic concert halls and throughout New Haven.