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  • Percussion Studies


  • Percussion Studies

    The Percussion Studio at MSUM gives students the unique opportunity to explore all facets of contemporary percussion performance and education within the confines of an individualized studio environment.  Over the course of their studies at MSUM, each student receives private instruction in:

    • Orchestral Instruments and Technique
    • Multi-Percussion
    • 2 Mallet Marimba
    • 4 Mallet Marimba
    • Jazz Vibraphone
    • Drum set
    • Hand Drumming and Afro-Cuban Percussion
    • Trinidadian Steel drumming
    • Chamber Percussion Ensemble Literature and Performance
    • Optional Marching Band Experience

    In addition to private lessons, students benefit from participating in a weekly studio master class session during which guest artists and/or students perform and discuss issues pertaining to percussion literature and performance.  Percussionists at MSUM are encouraged to teach and perform as much as possible; many of our students are active in the public schools as private instructors and/or musicians in local bands and professional ensembles such as the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. On campus, opportunities to explore your talents abound! Whether it be as a member of the Percussion Ensemble, Steel band and Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, or Contemporary Music (Rock/Pop) Ensemble, there’s a place for you at MSU!


    For more information please contact:

  • Carter, Allen
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 140
    Phone: 218.477.4098
    Web Site:
    Allen Carter has a diverse background as a composer, arranger, drummer, percussionist and educator. Born and raised in Ellinwood, Kansas, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music and Doctor of Arts degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. Throughout his school years, he won numerous awards in the areas of performance and composition/arranging. A member of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers and the Film Music Network, Dr. Carter’s work as a composer/arranger includes CBS Television’s Motown Records specials, the cable television series Humonos, the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Miss America pageant, commercials, and documentaries for the department of Health, Education, and Welfare. In addition, he has written extensively for instrumental and vocal jazz groups at all levels. He has recently recorded “Gifts”, a CD of his compositions and arrangements for big band featuring an ensemble of the top studio musicians in Los Angeles. As a drummer/percussionist (he began performing with local groups at age 11), Dr. Carter has performed with the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet, Les Brown’s Band of Renown, the Los Angeles Jazz Workshop and numerous other Los Angeles area big bands. He has worked with such vocalists as Nancy Wilson, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, Melissa Manchester, Harry Connick Jr., and Glen Campbell and has been involved in numerous recording sessions for records, films, and commercials. Appearances as featured artist have taken Dr. Carter across the United States as well as to concert stages and jazz clubs in many foreign countries. At the current time, Allen serves as Associate Professor of Music at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he teaches freshman music theory, drum set, and courses in the jazz studies and music industry programs while being an active member of a busy jazz scene in the Fargo-Moorhead area. He has lectured internationally to educators and students on a wide range of jazz education and percussion topics. Performing groups under his direction have been awarded recognition at the national level and he has directed numerous honor groups for educator associations throughout the western United States. Along with his ongoing work teaching, writing and playing, Dr. Carter heads his own company that develops interactive CD-ROM teaching tools for use by jazz educators and their students.

  • Williams, Kenyon
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 102E
    Phone: 218.477.4610
    Web Site:
    Applied Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, World Music