Percussion Instruments

A percussion instrument is a musical instrument that is sounded by being struck or scraped by a beater (including attached or enclosed beaters or rattles); struck, scraped or rubbed by hand; or struck against another similar instrument. The percussion family is believed to include the oldest musical instruments, following the human voice.

The percussion section of an orchestra most commonly contains instruments such as timpani, snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, triangle and tambourine. However, the section can also contain non-percussive instruments, such as whistles and sirens, or a blown conch shell. Percussive techniques can also be applied to the human body, as in body percussion. On the other hand, keyboard instruments, such as the celesta, are not normally part of the percussion section, but keyboard percussion instruments such as the glockenspiel and xylophone (which do not have piano keyboards) are included.

Percussion instruments are most commonly divided into two classes: Pitched percussion instruments, which produce notes with an identifiable pitch, and unpitched percussion instruments, which produce notes or sounds without an identifiable pitch.

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Matching Percussion Instruments Colleges

Los Angeles College of Music
Four or more years; Private for profit; $23,704 average out-state tuition; $23,704 average in-state tuition
McNally Smith College of Music
Four or more years; Private for profit; $28,400 average out-state tuition; $28,400 average in-state tuition
The New England Conservatory of Music
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $46,100 average out-state tuition; $46,100 average in-state tuition
Ithaca College
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $42,884 average out-state tuition; $42,884 average in-state tuition
The Juilliard School
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $43,170 average out-state tuition; $43,170 average in-state tuition
Manhattan School of Music
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $44,000 average out-state tuition; $44,000 average in-state tuition
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $43,700 average out-state tuition; $43,700 average in-state tuition

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BeyGOOD

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Homecoming Scholars Award

BeyGOOD

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$25,000

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2020 Emerging Artist Scholarship

Academy of Art University

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2020 Emerging Artist Scholarship

Academy of Art University

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Up to $3,000

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February 15, 2020
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Beekhuis Scholarship

Delaware Community Foundation

$3,000 March 15, 2020 See Details

Beekhuis Scholarship

Delaware Community Foundation

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$3,000

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March 15, 2020
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Student Arts Scholarship

Central Minnesota Arts Board

$1,500 February 27, 2020 See Details

Student Arts Scholarship

Central Minnesota Arts Board

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$1,500

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February 27, 2020
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Hugh and Mabelle Scott Memorial Music Scholarship

Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

Up to $1,000 January 27, 2020 See Details

Hugh and Mabelle Scott Memorial Music Scholarship

Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

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Up to $1,000

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January 27, 2020
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Harriet L. and Glen R. Thompson Music Scholarship

Cass County Community Foundation

$1,000 January 29, 2020 See Details

Harriet L. and Glen R. Thompson Music Scholarship

Cass County Community Foundation

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$1,000

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January 29, 2020
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Beatrice A. Colton Memorial Scholarship

Modesto Junior College

$1,000 January 31, 2020 See Details

Beatrice A. Colton Memorial Scholarship

Modesto Junior College

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$1,000

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January 31, 2020
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Zetterberg Family Music Scholarship

Decatur County Community Foundation

$750 February 01, 2020 See Details

Zetterberg Family Music Scholarship

Decatur County Community Foundation

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$750

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February 01, 2020
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Fredric Roehr Music Scholarship

San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation

$582 March 02, 2020 See Details

Fredric Roehr Music Scholarship

San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation

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$582

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March 02, 2020
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Janith Sheryl Rosemond Memorial Music Scholarship

The Columbus Foundation

$500 March 01, 2020 See Details

Janith Sheryl Rosemond Memorial Music Scholarship

The Columbus Foundation

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$500

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March 01, 2020
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