Percussion instruments *
Percussion instruments *
Percussion instruments *
Percussion instruments *

Educational goals

Students completing required courses for the second level Academic Diploma in Percussion Instruments will have acquired the technical ability and specific competences that will allow them to express their interpretative personality. To meet this goal, students will study closely the performance techniques and repertoire that are most representative of their instrument. They will also learn to play in ensembles composed of various instruments. Aural training, memorization and specific knowledge related to the organizational, compositional and analytical concepts of music, and their interaction, will also be studied. Considerable attention will be paid to the student’s acquisition of proper emotional and postural control. Upon completion of the two-year degree, students will have attained in-depth knowledge of the general stylistic, historical and aesthetic aspects related to their specific area. In addition, they will be able to carry out improvisation and will possess adequate skills in the use of computer technology for music. The ability to use a second European Union language will also be obtained.

Employment prospects

Le competenze sviluppate nel percorso formativo prescelto consentiranno di accedere al mondo del lavoro con una preparazione in linea con gli standard europei, offrendo prospettive occupazionali in vari campi, quali, ad esempio:
– Concertista solista e/o camerista
– Professore d’orchestra
– Assistente musicale in vari contesti
– Collaboratore presso case discografiche ed editori musicali
– Didatta
– Operatore culturale in ambito musicale

Entrance Examination Program

1/A) Performance of a music program chosen by the candidate, around 30 minutes. The program should include high-level difficulty pieces and organized as per below:
• Snare drum – one music piece
• Vibraphone – one music piece with 4-mallet techinque, pedal and dampening
• Marimba – one music piece with 2 or 4-mallet techinque
• Xilophone – one music piece with 2-mallet techinque (alternatively, performace of an orchestra extract among the below list)
• Timpani – one music piece with multiple tuning changes
• Set Up – one music piece
• Orchestra extract (among the below list)
• Major and minor scales and related arpeggios (on at least two octaves)

1/B) Candidates without a specific percussion degree and graduated in other subjects, should perform a 20 minutes free music program and undergo practice tests chosen by the commission, in order to assest candidate music skills’ pertinence to the selected study plan.

2) Sight-reading of a medium-level difficulty music piece chosen by the commission.
The commission reserves the right to interrupt the audition at any moment.

Motivational interview.

RECOMMENDED MUSIC PIECE FOR ENTRANCE EXAM
The candidate should choose among the following or among others of equal or superior technical and musical difficulty level. The latter shall be published and internationally recognized.

SNARE DRUM
Firth: The Solo Snare Drummer
Cirone: Portait in Rhytm
Delecluse 12 Etudes pour Casse Claire: n 1
Mortensen: March Cadenza
Cangelosi: Meditation N. 1
Gerassimez: Asventuras for snare drum
Cambpell: Psychle for Snare drum
A Màsson: Kim for solo snare drum
N.J. Zivkovic: Pezzo da concerto N. 1
Siterre: Plein Peau
Masson: Prim
Reidhammer: The Callenge (one movement)

VIBRAPHONE SOLO
Friedman from “Vibraphone technique dampening and pedaling”: chosen by the candidate n. 24/25/26/27
Friedman from “Mirrof from Anoyher”: chosen by the candidate
Friedman: Almost Blue
Friedman: Texas Hoedown
Wiener “Six Solos vol 1 e/o 2”
Molenhof: Music of the Day – all the etudes
C. Jobim: Chega de Saudade (no more blues) – arranged by Gary Burton
Glentworth: Blues for Gilbert
J. Zivkovic: Suomineito
Burton: from the 6 Solos for vibe “The Sunset Bell”

VIBRAPHONE AND ORCHESTRA (piano reduction):
Sejournée: Concerto pour vibraphone et Orchestre (piano reduction)
Rosauro: Concerto for vibraphone and Orchestra (piano reduction)
Doughtrey: Concerto for vibraphone and wind ensemble (piano reduction)
Carlo Willems Geert Callaert: Jazz Suite (vibes and piano)
Mongo Santamaria Arranged by Burton & Ozone: Afro Blue (for vibes and piano)
Burton & M. Ozone: Times Like These (vibes and piano)

MARIMBA SOLO
J.S. Bach: One Suite for cello
Stout: Two Mexican Dance (one chosen by the candidate)
Smadbect: Rhythm Song
Abe: Ancient Valse
Abe: “Prism”
Abe: “Michi”
Debussy: Arabesque – arr. For marimba 5 octaves By Naoko Takada
Debussy: “Children’s Corner” or “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum” – trasc. By L.H. Stevens
Tanaka, from “Two mouvements for marimba”: N. 2
N.J. Zivkovic: Ilijas
Sammut: “Libertango” or “Sugaria” – for solo marimba, 3 perc., string orch., 1 double bass – piano reduction
Psatthas: One Study Summary – for marimba, junk percussion and digital Audio
Sciarrino: Il Legno e la Parola

MARIMBA AND ORCHESTRA (piano reduction):
One Concerto movement for marimba and orchestra among the following:
Rosauro: Concerto for marimba and orchestra d’archi
Koppel: Concerto for marimba and orchestra
Sejourne: Concerto for marimba and string orchestra
Ewazen: Concerto for marimba and orchestra
Milhaud: Concerto por marimba, vibraphone et orchestra

XILOPHONE and GLOCKENSPIEL
E. Green: RagTime (chose by the candidate)
Mayuzumi: Concertino per xilofono e orchestra (piano reduction)
Schostakovich: Il Bullone
Stravinskji: The Firebird; Les Noces
W.A. Mozart: Il Flauto Magico (glockenspiel)

TIMPANI – one orchestra extract from the below list and one chosen by the candidate among the following:
Vic Firth “The Solo Timpanist”: studio III, pag 9
Delecluse: “Vingt Etudes pour timpani”: n 8
Carter “Eight Pieces for four timpani”: March
Tharichen: Konzer fur pauken und Orchester – piano reduction
Simphonies and orchestra extracts: Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovskji, Stravinskji (The Rite of Spring)

SET-UP – one piece chosen by the candidate among the following:
Milhaud: Creation du Monde (finale)
Stravinskji: Hystoire du Soldat “Marche Triomphale du Diable”
Cirone: Portraits for multiple percussion – 50 solos n. 32 (pag 34/35)
Cambpell: Tork
Boccadoro: Power Station
Cangelosi: Bad Touch for Solo performer and playback
Xenakis: Rebonds (one movement)
Xenaxis: Psappha
Per Norgard: I Ching (one movement)
Volans: She who sleep with a small blanket
Battistelli: Comme un Opéra Fabuleux; Uno e trino; Anima (one piece chosen by the candidate)
Jolivet: Concerto per percussion and Orchestra – piano reduction (I° mov)

ETUDES and ORCHESTRA EXTRACTS – (all shall be performed)
R. Korsakov Snare drum: Sheherazade (Snare drum)
J. Chaikovskji “Sinf n. IV” (Finale) (G. Cassa and cymbals)
Bizet: Carmen atto IV “Entr’acte” (Tambourine)
Stravinskji Xilophone: “Firebird”

Year 1
E = Exam ID = Suitability
S.A.D.
Subject
Typology
Lesson type
Exam type
Hours of lesson
Cfa
COTP/01
Core subjects
Collective
E
24
4.0
CODM/04
Core subjects
Collective
E
24
4.0
Specific subjects
Group
ID
10
3.0
CODI/22
Specific subjects
Individual
E
45
28.0
COMI/02
Related and supplementary subjects
Laboratory
ID
48
4.0
CODL/02
Conoscenza lingua straniera
Collective
E
24
3.0
Total CFA year 1 : 60
Year 2
E = Exam ID = Suitability
S.A.D.
Subject
Typology
Lesson type
Exam type
Hours of lesson
Cfa
COTP/01
Core subjects
Collective
E
24
4.0
CODI/22
Specific subjects
Individual
E
45
29.0
COMI/02
Related and supplementary subjects
Laboratory
ID
48
4.0
Total CFA year 2 : 60
Total CFA : 120

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