The St. Olaf Music Department provides aspiring musicians with a variety of training and performing opportunities that prepare them for the challenges of this rich artistic pursuit.
Each semester approximately 20 St. Olaf students take private lessons from one of three percussion faculty members. Instruction is offered to music majors and non-music majors on snare drum, timpani, mallet percussion or drum set in weekly half-hour or hour lessons.
Percussion students have the opportunity to perform as soloists in solo recitals, group recitals, and studio classes. The large ensembles feature a full range of percussion instrumentation and frequently feature soloists, including the St. Olaf Orchestra’s annual Senior Soloist concert performances.
St. Olaf also offers courses in literature and pedagogy, which focus on methods of teaching and include opportunities to teach. In addition, the January Interim term and the programs of independent study and research provide opportunities to create projects that fulfill individual needs and interest. Music majors may elect an interim or semester abroad; offerings include programs in Milan, Vienna or Copenhagen specifically designed for music majors.