Percussion Camp

July 22-26, 2019
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.

You can be a residential camper and stay in Gilbert Hall during the week, or you can commute and get dropped off and picked up from Gilbert Hall each day.

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.

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.

Residential registration fee: $650

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

Commuter registration fee: $550

Early bird commuter registration fee: $500 (postmarked June 1 or earlier)

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). The remaining balance is due on June 28.

Online Form

Paper 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 a more detailed schedule (PDF).

Date and Time Activity Location

Monday, July 22
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 22, to Friday, July 26

Camp activities


Friday, July 26
4 p.m.

All camp performance

Boutell Memorial Concert Hall (Music Building)

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