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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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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Homecoming Scholars Award

BeyGOOD

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Homecoming Scholars Award

BeyGOOD

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2021 Emerging Artist Scholarship

Academy of Art University

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2021 Emerging Artist Scholarship

Academy of Art University

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College Arts Scholarship

The Arts Council of Brazos Valley

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College Arts Scholarship

The Arts Council of Brazos Valley

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$5,200

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March 19, 2021
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CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.

$3,000 April 30, 2021 See Details
 

CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.

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$3,000

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April 30, 2021
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The Sven and Lorraine Eriksson Alaska Scholarship

Alaska Community Foundation

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The Sven and Lorraine Eriksson Alaska Scholarship

Alaska Community Foundation

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Up to $2,500

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April 08, 2021
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AFSA Art Merit Award

American Foreign Service Association

Up to $3,500 March 15, 2021 See Details
 

AFSA Art Merit Award

American Foreign Service Association

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Up to $3,500

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March 15, 2021
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Mary Dumm Memorial Music Scholarship

Prince George's Community College

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Mary Dumm Memorial Music Scholarship

Prince George's Community College

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June 01, 2021
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Margaret Desmond Hughes Scholarship

Butte College

$500 March 12, 2021 See Details
 

Margaret Desmond Hughes Scholarship

Butte College

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March 12, 2021
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Geoffrey and Arlene King Music Scholarship

University of South Carolina at Aiken, Office of Advancement

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Geoffrey and Arlene King Music Scholarship

University of South Carolina at Aiken, Office of Advancement

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Armand Zildjian Award

Berklee College of Music

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Berklee College of Music

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