Percussion Camp

July 6-10, 2020 Grades 6-12 (grade completion)


Explore the amazing field of percussion with world-class NIU percussion faculty, alumni and students this summer! You'll learn while enjoying the following activities:

  • Performing in percussion ensembles, steel drum ensembles and samba bands.
  • Participating in classes on snare drum, drum set, timpani and keyboard percussion.
  • Attending faculty recitals.

As a camper you'll stay in Gilbert Hall during the week. Your experience will end with an all-camp performance open to your family and friends.

We'll send you a packet of camp information in early June.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring for classes and rehearsals? Bring a pair of drum sticks, a drum pad, a pair of yarn or cord keyboard mallets, a notebook and a pencil. No need to bring bell kits or drums.

Do I need to read music? No, but it would make the workshop easier and more enjoyable for you. We will have student volunteers available for anyone who may need help.

What if I don't know how to play some of these instruments? Great! This is exactly why we are happy to host this workshop. This will be a safe, fun and engaging environment to expand your knowledge of the wonderful world of percussion regardless of your level of experience.

What if I have special needs? Through the Community School of the Arts and our outstanding faculty and volunteers, we are happy to help with any special needs you have. Please note any physical considerations, food allergies and/or learning strategies that would be worth sharing on your registration form.

What kind of clothes should I wear? Classes can get quite active, so comfortable and classroom-appropriate attire is great. Shorts and modest shirts are welcome. Athletic shoes are suggested, but sandals are fine.


Early bird registration fee: $600 (postmarked June 1 or earlier)
Registration fee: $650

Returning camper and family discount: $25 (for campers who have previously attended Visual Arts Camp, and the children and grandchildren of NIU students, staff and faculty members)

You can register online or by mail. You'll pay a $100 deposit when you register (unless applying for a summer camp scholarship).

Online Registration Form

Paper Registration Form


Our Percussion Camp staff is composed of talented NIU faculty, students and alumni. The ratio of campers to staff members is about 12:1. Staff members are assigned to each residence hall floor and accompany campers to all meals and activities.


A general overview of the camp schedule is below. You may view or download the detailed 2019 schedule (PDF).

Date and Time Activity Location

Monday, July 6
8:30-9:30 a.m.


First, take your luggage to Gilbert Hall. Next, go to the nearby Music Building to pick up camp materials.

Free parking is available in front of Gilbert Hall and in the lot south of the Music Building.

Monday, July 6, to Friday, July 10

Camp activities


Friday, July 10
4 p.m.

All camp performance

Boutell Memorial Concert Hall (Music Building)

After the performance, pick up your luggage from Gilbert Hall.