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Includes: Curriculum, Grading, Syllabi, Required Equipment, and General Info

Required Equipment/Texts (Download link)

Acquiring percussion equipment is the responsibility of each individual. A wide variety of mallets and instruments are necessary to properly study and perform solo and ensemble music. For a serious student, collecting percussion equipment begins early in one's career and will probably continue throughout the professional life. The old adage is certainly true of musicians: If you are going to buy something, make it the best. A good piece of equipment is an investment and will last a lifetime.

Some students find it practical to give their family and relatives a percussion catalog to use for gift ideas at birthdays and holidays. Steve Weiss has most of these items for the lowest price: or 215-659-0100

The following is a minimum requirement for new students at the University of Tennessee at Martin. These items should be acquired before the first semester of study begins:

Required Mallet/Sticks with Suggested Models

  • 1 pair, General purpose snare drum sticks: Innovative Percussion IP-JC model; or equivalent.
  • 1 pair, light duty (jazz) drum set sticks: Innovative Percussion ES-1, ES-2, or equivalent.
  • 1 pair, brushes: Innovative Percussion IP-BR 1 or equivalent.
  • 1 pair, multi-mallet: Innovative Percussion JC-1M, JC-2M or equivalent.
  • 1 pair, combo sticks: Innovative Percussion IP-1M or equivalent.
  • 1 pair of each of the following: marimba mallets from soft to hard, Innovative Percussion Nebojsa Zivkovic NJZ1, NJZ2, NJZ3,NJZ4,NJZ5,NJZ6,NJZ7 or equivalent.
  • 1 pair of each of the following: marimba mallets from soft to hard, Innovative Percussion Janis Potter JP401, JP402, JP403, JP404, JP405 or equivalent.
  • 2 pair of each, vibe/ensemble mallets: Innovative Percussion Anders Astrand, AA15 and AA25.
  • 1 pair, suspended cymbal mallets: Innovative Percussion JC-1SC or JC-2SC.
  • 1 pair, hard rubber mallets: Innovative Percussion ENS360 or ENS360R or equivalent.
  • 1 pair of each of the following: orchestral bell and xylophone mallets from soft to hard, Innovative Percussion James Ross Series, IP 901, 902, 903, 904, 905, 906 or equivalent.
  • 1 pair, General timpani mallets: Innovative Percussion CT-3; Black Swamp #3/Purple or equivalent.
  • 1 pair, Super-Staccato timpani mallets: Innovative Percussion CT-6; Black Swamp #6/Black or equivalent.

Required Instruments/Equipment

  • Tuning fork/pitch pipe: "A 440" for tuning timpani.
  • Practice Pad: HQ Percussion "Real Feel" 12 inch double-sided model.
  • A mini disc or other type recorder that can be used to record yourself in daily practice.
  • High Quality Head Phones that can plug into your metronome of be used for drum set and Latin percussion play along practice
  • 2 triangle clips. Grover Triangle Clips or purchase utility clamps from a hardware store and loop nylon fishing line to hang triangle.
  • Triangle: Grover Super Overtone (6 inch); Alan Abel Symphonic Model (6 inch,) or equivalent.
  • Set of triangle beaters: Grover (tubular), Stoessel, or equivalent.
  • Tambourine: Grover 10-inch Double row, Silver/Bronze combination, Beryllium copper or equivalent.
  • Frame Drum with Jingles (med size), Remo or Cooperman recommended
  • A metronome, preferably a battery operated one that can be used with a headphone, is required at every lesson. A good model is "Dr. Beat"(Roland DB- 60.
  • Stick case/bag: Innovative Tour Bag (MB-3), large attaché case (such as the Firth mallet case), or sample case. Most students acquire several bags and cases to hold all their equipment.
  • Have a rubber stamp or adhesive labels made that can identify your music and books. A paint stick or colored tape will help identify your mallets.
  • Two (2) black hand towels. You will use these to accommodate silent mallet changes when you set them on music stands.
  • Start a percussionist's survival kit that includes: small pair of scissors, roll of duct tape, screw driver, Dr. Scholl's Moleskin, nylon fishing line, standard drum key, timpani drum key, bee's wax (for tambourine heads), etc.
  • It may be helpful to bring 1 or 2 cymbal stands and cymbals from home. This will allow you to keep any multi-percussion set-ups intact. It will also give 3-2those of you who play drum set more flexibility since the school has only 2 stands with each drum set.
  • Dress for UT Martin Percussion Ensemble concerts will be black or solid colored long sleeve shirt/blouse, black slacks/skirt and black dress shoes (No athletic shoes!). Most large ensembles in the School of Music ask you to provide a tuxedo/black dress for concert performances as well.

Required Music Texts

other texts than the ones listed below may be assigned, consult Dr. Hill before purchase


  • Masterworks for Mallets, Beth Gotlieb (Row-Loff Productions)
  • 4 Mallet Marimba Playing, Nancy Zeltsman (Hal-Leonard).

Snare and additional rudimental instruments:

  • Portraits in Rhythm (Complete Study Guide), Anthony J. Cirone (Belwin Mills).
  • French American Etudes and Solos (exact text TBD), Joe Tompkins (Bachovich Music Pub.)
  • Advanced Etudes for Snare Drum, Keith Aleo (Honeyrock Pub.)

Multiple Percussion:

  • Music for the Multi Percussionist: A World View, Julie Hill and James Campbell (Alfred Pub.)


  • Exercises, Etudes and Solos for the Timpani, Raynor Carroll (Batterie Music).
  • The Working Timpanist's Survival Guide, John Tafoya, (Carl Fischer Pub.)


  • Practice Method for Vibraphone, Ed Saindon (Berklee Press)

Drum set: (All are required)

  • Groove Essentials: The Play Along, Tommy Igoe (Hudson Music).
  • Drum Atlas Series: Volume 1, Pete Sweeney (Alfred Pub.)

Conga and Riq (others assigned on a case by case basis):

  • Four Solos for Frame Drums, B Michael Williams (Honey Rock Pub).
  • The Conga Drummers Guide Book, Michael Spiro (Sher Music).

Other Required Texts:

  • The Savvy Musician, David Cutler (
  • Working Towards Excellence, Paul Buyer (
  • The Percussionist's Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams, Steven Schick (
  • A Practical Guide To Percussion Terminology, Russ Girsberger (Meredith Music).

These are minimum requirements; most percussion students will acquire more mallets, instruments and accessories during their years in college. During the course of each semester you should plan on purchasing additional mallets, music and accessories as necessary. Try to budget at least $300/semester for such expenditures.


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