Percussion and Steel Pan Studies


We're excited to welcome you to the percussion program at NIU. Our percussion studies community includes about 25 undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world. As a percussion studies student at NIU, you'll be challenged to do your very best work. You'll have opportunities to study privately as well as in percussion topics classes.

You can also participate in our award-winning Percussion Ensemble. Percussion students study with percussion area director, Gregory Beyer, and Ben Wahlund. Additional opportunities to study directly with NIU's acclaimed faculty include jazz studies with Rodrigo Villanueva, steel pan studies with Liam Teague and Yuko Asada, and world music studies with Jui-Ching Wang

Contact us to schedule a campus visit and lesson. We look forward to sharing more about our program with you.

Our Philosophy

We believe we make the world a better place through daily practice of respect, hard work, integrity and curiosity. Our students are expected to behave in a professional manner and develop a consistent practice schedule. In addition, they are expected to collaborate with and support their fellow students. We also value creativity and encourage our students to experiment and improvise.

Degree Options

You can obtain a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in music education, performance or composition. The performance emphasis provides the opportunity to major in steel pan. You can also obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Master of Music programs are available in performance, music education and individualized specializations. You can specialize in areas such as contemporary music studies, world music and jazz studies. You can also pursue a post-master's Performer's Certificate.

Contact Us

Brigid Crawford
Coordinator of Admissions
School of Music