Music Department


Percussion students in all degree programs receive:

  • weekly one-hour private lessons
  • weekly master class
  • weekly percussion ensemble
  • opportunities to assist in conducting and teaching


  • Perform and teach snare drum, marimba, timpani, drum set, and hand drums. 
  • Gain experience in community service, as well as paid positions, for drumming and percussion classes in area schools, churches and libraries.
  • Assist in instruction for methods students.
  • Prepare and conduct percussion literature for rehearsals and concerts.
  • Compose for the Percussion Ensemble, getting your compositions performed and recorded.
Performance Opportunities
Guest Artists
Concert Outings
Networking Opportunities

Percussion Ensemble

    Ensemble performance of an arrangement of Dave Brubeck's, "Blue Rondo A La Turk."
    Student Torrey Cobb performs Kraft's Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra

    Special Events

    Ted Piltzecker Residency
    Ted Piltzecker worked with the Jazz Combo and Big Band and presented a masterclass for the Percussion Studio Recital in November 2014.

    Percussion Ensemble Concert
    Took place in November 2014.

    Contact Information

    Kristen Shiner-McGuire

    Kristen Shiner-McGuire

    Assistant Professor in Professional Practice & Percussion Coordinator in Music
    Arts Center 97

    Education: M.M., Eastman School of Music; B.M., University of Illinois; Marimba Study, Toho School of Music, Japan

    Teaching and Research Interests: Percussion studies, applied percussion, percussion methods, percussion ensemble, and marimba ensemble.

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