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This guide provides top tips and resources for performing and studying percussion instruments. Navigate the guide via the tabs at the top of the page, or use the links in the Table of Contents below to get started. 


Scores & Parts: Find a specific piece of music | Find any piece of music with specific instruments

Recordings: Streaming Audio & Video | Hardcopy Recordings

Research: Articles | Books | Reference

Technique: Recommended Resources | Discover More

Career Resources: Connect with Professionals | Learn More

Recommended Percussion Books in the Allen Library

Artful Noise

Organizes and analyzes the groundbreaking percussion literature of the 20th century, connecting the music to new techniques, technologies, and world events.

A Dictionary for the Modern Percussionist and Drummer

Modern terms in many languages and genres. Includes topics on instrument construction and tuning, playing techniques, and setup diagrams with models and ranges of keyboard percussion instruments.

Johanna Beyer

A portrait of the ultramodernist composer of music for piano, percussion ensemble, chamber groups, choir, band, and orchestra.

Keiko Abe: A Virtuosic Life

Tells the story of Keiko Abe's groundbreaking influence on the marimba and its music, plus a history of the xylophone and marimba.

The Modern Percussion Revolution

Aims to illuminate the divergent paths and unique destinations found in the artistic journey of the modern percussionist.

Top Databases for Percussionists

Looking for something else? Explore this guide for more, or use our Database Locator to browse all library databases.

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