Percussion Academy

John Tafoya

Summer Percussion Academy & Workshop Director

Upcoming Events in IU Percussion

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Percussion Academy & Workshop

Dear Percussion Academy Participants,
Unfortunately, we will be canceling the 2020 IU Summer Percussion Academy/Workshop due to the COVID-19 threat.
Please continue to check this website and our official Facebook page for updates as we plan for next summer. We do plan to offer the IU Summer Percussion Academy/Workshop in July 2021.
Best wishes,
John Tafoya



This intensive 6-day event is offered to talented percussionists. Applicants in grades 7 through 12 are invited to apply for the Pre-College Session. Applicants over 18 years of age are invited to apply for the Adult Session, with both offerings running concurrently.

Summer Percussion Academy

Master classes, clinics, and performances will be presented by internationally-renowned performers. Sessions will include: audition techniques (for college and professional auditions), chamber music, sight reading, orchestral timpani and percussion, marimba, drum set, accessories, world percussion, career development, and much more!

Students will also perform in the IU Summer Percussion Ensemble, presenting
a 'grand finale' concert.

Jacobs School of Music Faculty: Kevin Bobo, Joe Galvin, Joseph Gramley, Steve Houghton, John Tafoya.

No audition required! However, all summer percussion academy/workshop participants must be able to read music (medium level difficulty or higher). If you have questions/concerns about this, please contact Professor John Tafoya, Director, at