The Department of Music

Once you experience the program at UNM you will be convinced it offers you one of the finest opportunities for your education and career

Our program of study provides every student a 21st century comprehensive percussion education. Focusing on experiential learning and performance in contemporary solo and chamber music performance, orchestral percussion, jazz, pop, and contemporary music, marimba ensemble (contemporary and tradition Mexican), and folkloric percussion (West and East African, Middle Eastern, frame drumming, steel band, Brazilian samba, and Afro-Cuban) students develop the skills needed for a successful career in music performance and education.

In addition to solo and chamber percussion performance, you will have the opportunity to perform in outstanding large concert ensembles, marching band, jazz ensembles, jazz combos, and contemporary chamber music ensembles.

The percussion studio at UNM will typically have 14-16 percussion majors enrolled, all of whom study with professor Scott Ney. The percussion facilities, as well as the collection of percussion instruments at UNM is the largest in the state, one of the finest in the Southwest, and competitive with many of the finest programs across the country. Thirteen rooms are designated to percussion, including three studios, five practice rooms, and five storage areas.

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How to Apply

• All students must be admitted to the University, whether as an incoming freshman, transfer student, or non-degree student. Apply online through the Admissions Department at UNM

•After meeting all CFA admission requirements, students must apply to become a declared major.

Academic Advisement

The College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center is committed to serve the UNM community with compassion, guidance, and respect as we promote academic excellence.

To speak with a CFA advisor, please call (505) 277-4817.