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Department of Music
Phone: (509) 963-1216
Fax: (509) 963-1239

About Percussion

Percussion at CWU offers you a well-rounded experience encompassing ensemble performance, solo opportunities, intensive career training, teaching, and research exposure.

You will develop a relaxed, fluid technique and hone your rigorous practice ethic, technical mastery, and musical voice. You will perform with CWU’s ensembles and enjoy a percussion studio defined by immersive study and weekly lessons that gives you the chance to engage with performance music in new and exciting ways.

Why Study Percussion at CWU?

student playing a percussion instrumentFrequent special events, featuring regional, national, and international guest performers and ensembles augment these opportunities to provide more “real world” exposure to the joys of musical careers.

Relevant coursework in CWU’s various degree programs range from foundational work in theory and history, to intensive specialized courses in percussion literature and pedagogy. Current and former percussion students perform with groups such as US armed service bands and the Oregon, Walla Walla, Spokane, Yakima, Wenatchee Valley, Mid-Columbia and Okanagon (BC) Symphony Orchestras.


Visit Percussion Audition Requirements for specific information on the audition process.
Transfer students should visit our Transfer Student Information for Music Majors page for important transfer student considerations.

Degrees Offered

Questions? Contact us.

Josh Gianola
Lecturer of Percussion
Phone: 509-963-1216

Mark Goodenberger
Department Chair
Phone: 509-963-1236