Area of Study: Percussion

Percussion at YSM

Percussionists at the Yale School of Music study and perform chamber, solo, and orchestral repertoire in a program that is unique in its breadth. 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, fostering musical relationships that continue long after students' time at Yale.

Alumni from the School’s percussion program have gone on to form and join such notable ensembles as The Percussion Collective, Sō Percussion, Sandbox Percussion, Oslo Philharmonic, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and teach at universities and conservatories throughout the United States at such institutions as the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, University of Maryland, and California Institute of the Arts.

faculty spotlight

Robert Van Sice
Lecturer in Percussion

Robert van Sice

Robert van Sice is among the world’s most sought-after percussion and contemporary chamber music pedagogues.

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.