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NIU Percussion Workshop


Join world-class Northern Illinois University percussion faculty, alumni, and students this summer for a five-day workshop exploring the amazing world of percussion! Students of all ages and levels of experience perform in concert percussion ensembles, samba bands, steel drum ensembles, participate in classes on snare drum, drum set, timpani, keyboard percussion, attend faculty recitals, and more. This is a day camp from 9:00am – 5:00pm with lunch provided and a final concert for parents and friends. Sign up now!

Percussion Workshop Schedule


Bret Kuhn – Snare Drum, Drum Set
Dr. Gregory Beyer – Timpani, Samba
Yuko Asada – Steel Drums
Ben Wahlund – Workshop Director, Keyboard Percussion
Steve Lundin – Percussion Ensemble(s)

Workshop Dates:  July 24-28, 2017 (9 am - 5 pm)

Registration Deadline: June 26, 2017

Grades: 6 - 12

Fee: $425 – includes t-shirt, nametags, lunch, registration for door prizes, and Wednesday night NIUPW Pizza Party 

What do I need to bring? Students will need to 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 will certainly make the workshop much easier and 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, engaging environment to expand your knowledge of the wonderful world of percussion regardless of your level of experience. 

Is there an overnight option for this workshop? Unfortunately, this summer we will not be hosting students in NIU dorms. 

What if I have special needs? Through the CSA and our outstanding faculty and volunteers, we are happy to help with any special needs that present themselves. Please just make note of any physical considerations, food allergies, and/or learning strategies that would be worth sharing in your registration form. 

Questions? Contact Kristin Sherman: email or call (815) 753-1450

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