The University of Toronto Percussion Program features a unique curriculum blending contemporary, orchestral, and world-music perspectives and traditions. The program features experiential learning in a creative research environment under the leadership of Prof. Aiyun Huang. We offer the following degree and non-degree programs: Artist Diploma, Bachelor of Music in Performance, Advanced Certificate in Performance, MMus in Performance, and DMA in Performance. The undergraduate curriculum offers a comprehensive education on building the fundamentals of percussion. The graduate curriculum focuses on professional training and interdisciplinary research with the aim to enable students to work alongside professionals, researchers and artists in a collaborative environment. Graduate students are expected to take an active role in charting their own path with a forward-looking attitude through performance, scholarship and/or interdisciplinary research.


Students in the percussion area have the opportunities to take the following courses:



  • Lesson
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Masterclass (undergraduate)
  • Orchestral Literature (undergraduate)
  • Major Ensemble (undergraduate and MMus only)



  • Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • African Drumming
  • Steel band
  • Brazilian Drumming
  • Taiko
  • Persian Drumming
  • Korean Drumming



Area research and teaching opportunities for graduate students:


Graduate students have the opportunity to participate in faculty-led creative research projects featuring percussion with technology, neuroscience, film, and recording. Graduate students are encouraged to develop multiple areas of expertise leveraging research opportunities both inside the Faculty of Music and within the University of Toronto at large. The current research agendas can support graduate students with research interests in:


  • Contemporary Music Performance Practice
  • Percussion and Technology
  • Percussion and Music Learning (pedagogy)
  • Percussion and Neuroscience



Funding opportunities for graduate students:

  • Teaching assistantship
  • Research assistantship


Please contact area head for more details.