Chapter 26: The Percussion Instruments


Free Online Percussion Lessons

Percussive Arts Society

World Beats (world music percussion)

Percussion that begins with a variety of instruments also includes ethnic instrument and ethnic ensembles. Percussion seems to also breach any division between classical music and jazz.  We offer only a sample of excellent material available.

Josh Gottry made a slide presentation to a group of music educators and the Arizona percussive arts society.  We found this slide presentation a valuable introduction to the website

We have selected music of different styles to illustrate the flexibility of the percussion ensemble.

Great Percussion Playing Examples

One classical example of Gunther Schuller’s music

A second example of American music

Samba example

A Russian renaissance ensemble

A jazz percussion ensemble


Interviews with percussion majors at the New England Conservatory