Drums and Percussion

Students studying at the ANU School of Music, explore all things drums and percussion at the undergraduate level. Each student completes a common core of instruments including: snare drum, drum set, keyboard percussion, timpani, and accessory percussion. In addition to their core, each student may choose an area of speciality such as:  Jazz and Contemporary Drumset, Contemporary Orchestral and Chamber Percussion, World Percussion, Digital Percussion, or Jazz Vibraphone. Graduates from the ANU School of Music will now be prepared to perform and read all styles of music at an international professional level, as well as garner essential skills in entrepreneurship within the music industry.


Students have full access to world class traditional western percussion instruments such as Gretch, Yamaha, Sonar, Mapex and Tama Drum Kits, Zildjian and Sabian cymbals, a wide range of keyboard percussion including 5 octave Marimbas, AdamsPhilharmonic Light Timpani with Super Kalfo skins, several smaller keyboard instruments, including a wide variety of orchestral drums, Chinese toms, and orchestral accessories.

Practice and rehearsal rooms

The percussion area includes a large ensemble room (big enough for Ionization!) and three specially designed practice rooms with double doors (each large enough for a percussion trio or quartet). All equipment can move freely around the percussion area, as well as a short distance from Llewellyn Hall, Canberra's premiere concert venue.

World Percussion

In addition to a complete range of traditional western percussion instruments, the percussion area is the custodian of a set of West African Ewe and Ashanti drums, a complete Javanese Gamelan, as well as a set of Brazilian Samba instruments.

Electronic and Digital Percussion

Students have access to equipment such as a 12-station Roland Drumset Laboratory, KAT controllers including MalletKats, DrumKats, TrapKat, Handsonics, SPDs samplers, a Moog Voyeger, Kurzweil and Yamaha Motif modules, Muse receptor AM, Roland V Drums 20K pro series, Mackie Boards and PA systems and a large array of other products that allow for the exploration between music and technology.

Drums and Percussion



Updated:  22 January 2018/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications