Percussion Academy

Percussion Academy

How to Apply

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How to Register

1. Register online at the link below by June 2nd, 2017
2. Register online and pay in full by March 20th, 2017 for the early registration discount ($50)!
 3. Pay tuition and housing fees in full by June 2nd to secure your spot in Percussion Academy 2017! 

Online registration for Summer 2017: CLICK HERE!

To make changes to your account including adding tuition or housing charges, or to make a payment, please see the directions HERE.

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Application Fee (non-refundable): $70*
Tuition:$715- Enroll by March 20th and save $50!
Room & Board: $495

*Spot is not confirmed until registration fee is paid.

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Scholarships NEW!!

Scholarships are available for the 2017 IU Jacobs School of Music Summer Academy!


Students interested in attending the 2017 Summer Percussion Academy (grades 7 through 12) are encouraged to apply for an IU Jacobs School of Music Summer Percussion Academy Scholarship.  

We will be offering THREE  half scholarships (tuition only) for 2017 IU Jacobs School of Music Summer Percussion Academy participants.  Students who are 17 years of age or younger by July 15, 2017 are eligible.  Scholarship winners will be responsible for room and board. Workshop participants (18 years of age and older by July 15, 2017) are ineligible.


Out of the five categories listed (snare drum, marimba, timpani, drum set, and world percussion), students interested in applying for the scholarships should prepare at least three (3) items listed below: 

  • A short snare drum etude or solo
  • A short marimba solo (4 mallets, up to 5 minutes - a portion of a solo is fine)
  • A short timpani etude or solo
  • Drum Set - a short solo or demonstration of various drum set styles (rock, swing, Bossa Nova, etc.).  Playing along with an audible track is acceptable. 
  • World Percussion - a short performance on a world percussion instrument of your choice. This can be a solo or something with a play along track.

One letter of recommendation is also required.  The letter can be sent to the address listed below.

Procedure and Deadline

Please include the above videos on a private youtube channel and send the link to: or mail a DVD/CD or portable drive containing the videos to: 

Professor John Tafoya 
Director, IU Jacobs School of Music Summer Percussion Academy 
IU Jacobs School of Music 
1201 E. Third Street 
Bloomington, IN  47405

Non-youtube videos (movies on CD/DVD or portable drives) can be .mov, mp4, mpeg, avi, m4v formats.

Materials are due by May 1, 2017.  CD/DVDs and related materials/media will not be returned.  

Scholarship winners and alternates will be notified by May 8, 2017.  Scholarship winners will also be featured on our Grand Finale Concert on Friday, July 14, 2017.


Scholarship Materials Due: May 1, 2017
Registration Deadline: June 2, 2017
All Forms and Fees Due: June 2, 2017

*Late applications will be accepted on the basis of available space.

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Percussion Academy participants stay in a double room (with roommate) in the Forest Residence Center. Forest includes air conditioning, sheets and towels, and coin-operated laundry facilities available for personal use. Three meals are served daily. Televisions are not allowed in individual rooms. Adult counselors are resident in the dorm.

Percussion Workshop adult participants may stay in a single room in the Willkie Residence Center or on a separate floor in Forest away from the pre-college participants.

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Staying Off-Campus
  • Percussion Academy and Workshop participants may stay off campus; however, Academy participants must stay with a parent or guardian. Click on "Visiting" in the left menu for travel information and list of accommodations in Bloomington.

  • Participants staying off-campus cannot buy meal cards. If he/she wishes to eat meals with on-campus participants he/she may pay with cash or credit card for each meal.

  • Off-campus participants under age 18 are the responsibility of the established legal guardian. A drop-off and collect time has to be settled in advance with our staff. The agreed drop-off and collect time should be convenient to the daily schedule.

  • Transportation to the Indiana University campus is the responsibility of the designated legal guardian.

  • At no time can a participant under age 18 be dropped on the Indiana University campus and left unattended. The participant must be handed-off from the legal guardian to a Percussion counselor.

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Tuition, minus a $200.00 cancellation charge (which includes the $70 non-refundable registration fee) will be given if a participant withdraws from the program prior to the start of the workshop.

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The Jacobs School of Music reserves the right to cancel a workshop if enrollment is not met. Participants will be informed 2 weeks before the start of the workshop and receive a full refund.

Indiana University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution.
Indiana University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Students who believe that they are eligible for an accommodation should contact Disability Services for Students at (812) 855-7578 or