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Summer Scholars

Concert Percussion


The Clemson University Concert Percussion Workshop will focus on fundamentals such as technique, touch, sticking, listening, balance, ensemble playing, and practice techniques. Scholars will gain hands-on experience playing instruments, culminating with rehearsing and performing a percussion ensemble piece the end of camp for parents, faculty, and staff.

Course Prerequisites: Percussion experience in high school band or orchestra is preferred. Reading music is required. 

Course Supplies: Scholars should bring a practice pad and at least one pair of concert snare drum sticks. 

Dr. Paul Buyer, instructor


This course will offer professional and hands-on instruction on concernt percussion instruments including:

  • Concert Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Timpani
  • Concert Toms
  • Triangle
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Woodblock
  • Gong
  • Shaker
  • Marimba
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Bells
Weekly Schedule
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


Fundamentals: Grip, Stroke, Rebound, Relaxation, Technique, Touch, Control

Masterclass: Percussion is Plural

Fundamentals: Sticking

Snare Drum and Concert Toms

Masterclass: The Practice Blueprint

Fundamentals: Rhythm and Timing


Masterclass: Percussive Arts Society

Fundamentals: Ear Chops

Mallet Percussion: Marimba and Vibraphone

Masterclass: Working Towards Excellence


Masterclass: Clemson Percussion and BA in Performing Arts

Accessory Percussion: Tambourine, triangle, temple blocks, woodblock, tam tam, shaker, guiro, cabasa, claves, finger cymbals

Percussion Ensemble

Bass Drum and Cymbals

Percussion Ensemble

World Percussion: Djembe, Congas, Bongos, Cajon

Percussion Ensemble

Mallet Percussion: Xylophone, Bells, Chimes, Crotales

Percussion Ensemble

Ensemble Performance