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Percussion Studio : Required Repertoire & Equipment

The following list of music and equipment is necessary for freshman year college-level study. If you have already covered some of the basic pieces listed below there's no need to buy that repertoire again, but the pieces you haven't played and the equipment is mandatory and should be in hand by the first week school. There are various places from which you can order this equipment. Both Steve Weiss Music and Interstate Music are popular catalog choices, but most local music stores also carry these materials.


One pair of heavy orchestral Snare drum sticks, e.g., Vic Firth generals SD 1
One pair of light Drum set sticks, e.g., Peter Erskines or any 7As
One pair of brushes
2 pairs of medium yarn marimba mallets, e.g. Malletech EM-MM
One pair of hard, plastic Bell mallets, e.g. Malletech OR42R
One pair of hard, plastic xylophone Mallets, e.g. Malletech Becker BB 34
One pair of medium vibraphone Mallets,
e.g. Mike Balter Arthur Lipner model 41R
One pair of medium Timpani mallets, e.g. Vic Firth general
Tambourine with calf skinhead, e.g. Meinl (doesn’t include bag) or Black Swamp
Tambourine bag (if needed, some models come with a bag, some don’t)
Triangle beaters
Bag for triangle and triangle beaters
Practice pad
Tuning forks (required: A, recommended to also get C and Eb and Gb)
at least two small, black hand towels
stick bag with pens, pencils, highlighters, etc (recommended: Mike Balter bag or Liberty One)

2 pairs of hard Marimba mallets
2 pairs of soft Marimba mallets
2 pairs of very hard, heavy vibraphone mallets
One pair of soft Timpani mallets
One pair of hard Timpani mallets
One pair of wood Timpani mallets
One pair of multi rods
One pair of brass Mallets
Bass drum beater
Chime hammers


Snare Drum

Stick Control, by George Lawrence Stone
Intermediate Snare Drum Studies, by Mitchell Peters
Portraits in Rhythm, by Anthony J. Cirone or Douze Études pour Caisse-Claire, by Jacques Delécluse (either one is fine)
14 Modern Contest Solos, by John Pratt


Concepts for Timpani, by John Beck
A Complete Method for Timpani, by Alfred Friese and Alexander Lepak
Choose at least one solo:
Sonata for Timpani, by John Beck
Four Pieces for Timpani, by John Bergamo
Scherzo for Three Timpani, by Mitchell Peters


Method of Movement, by Leigh Howard Stevens
Fundamental Method for Mallets, by Mitchell Peters
Funny Mallets for Marimba, Book 1, by N. Zivkovic (or the vibraphone book, either one is fine)
Choose at least one of these:
Sea Refractions, by Mitchell Peters
Waves, by Mitchell Peters
Prayer, by Richard Gibson
6 Suites for solo cello, by J.S. Bach

Multiple percussion

The Contemporary Percussionist, by Michael Udow