Thank you for your interest in studying percussion at Omaha Conservatory of Music. Below is an overview of what students and families can expect from percussion lessons at the Conservatory. Please email with any additional questions.

Program Overview


Omaha Conservatory of Music's Percussion Studio promotes excellence in percussion performance and personal character through comprehensive music education.


Percussion lessons at Omaha Conservatory of Music emphasize:

  • music fundamentals

  • technical profieciency

  • musicianship and artistry


Students must be at least 9 years old and meet the following requirements:

  • minimum 2 years of piano lessons*

  • play (or aspire to play) percussion in school band or orchestra, or Omaha Area Youth Orchestras

  • family commitment to obtain necessary materials (books, sticks, instruments)

  • personal commitment to practicing a minimum of 30 min/day 5 days a week (more practice expected the older you get)

*exceptions may be made at the instructor’s discretion

Curricula and Required Materials


The percussion program at Omaha Conservatory of Music strives to be as comprehensive as possible.  To achieve that goal students follow a “total percussion” curriculum that emphasizes proficiency in four core areas of the percussion family: snare drum, keyboard percussion, timpani, and drum set.  

  • General Musicianship: music notation, solfege syllables and singing, major scales and key signatures, minor scales and key signatures, intervals, beat and tempo, meter, beat subdivisions, time signatures

  • Snare Drum: posture, grip, mechanics, single strokes, roll strokes, ornaments, rudiments, orchestral and rudimental style repertoire

    • Mitchell Peters Elementary Snare Drum Studies

    • Mitchell Peters Intermediate Snare Drum Studies

    • Mitchell Peters Developing Dexterity

    • Jacques Delecluse Method for Snare Drum

    • Edward Freytag The Rudimental Cookbook

    • Charley Wilcoxin The All-American Drummer

  • Keyboard Percussion: posture, spacial awareness, major and minor scales and arpeggios, chromatic scales, double stops, augmented and diminished triads, seventh chords, Stevens Grip and mechanics

    • Morris Goldenberg Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone

    • G.H. Green Instruction Course for Xylophone

    • James Moyer Four Mallet Method for Marimba

    • David Skidmore A Fresh Approach to Four Mallets

  • Timpani: ear training and intonation, solfege, intervals, posture, grip, mechanics, consistency of sound

    • Mitchell Peters Fundamental Method for Timpani

    • Raynor Carroll, Exercises, Etudes, and Solos for Timpani

    • Richard Hochrainer Etudes for Timpani Vol. 1 and 2

  • Drum Set: coordination, timekeeping, developing sense of groove, variety of styles

    • Mark Wessels/Stanton Moore A Fresh Approach to the Drum Set

    • Tommy Igoe Groove Essentials

    • Ted Reed Syncopation

    • Gary Chester New Breed


The following list of items must be acquired BEFORE the first lesson:

  • Books: Mitchell Peters, Elementary Snare Drum Studies

  • Concert Snare Drum Sticks: Promark Concert Two, Vic Firth SD1 or Vic Firth SD1 Junior (TBD by instructor)

  • Snare Drum Practice Pad: Evans Real Feel 12” Practice Pad or similar

  • Snare Drum Stand: a concert snare drum stand (TBD by instructor)

  • Stick Bag: Liberty I Stick and Mallet Bag (01S) or similar

  • Metronome: Boss DB-30 Dr. Beat Metronome

  • Folder: with pockets and brads

  • Hearing Protection: ear plugs or headphones (Vic Firth SIH2 recommended)

Additional materials must be purchased when studies require:


  • Method Book: Morris Goldenberg, Modern Method for Xylophone, Marimba, and Vibraphone

  • Method Book: David Skidmore, A Fresh Approach To Technique & Musicianship With Four Mallets

  • Xylophone Mallets: 1 pair medium rubber mallets on rattan handles

  • Marimba Mallets: 2 pairs Vic Firth M114


  • Method Book: Raynor Carroll, Exercises, Etudes, and Solos for Timpani

  • Method Book: Mitchell Peters, Fundamental Method for Timpani

  • Etude Book: Richard Hochrainer, Etudes for Timpani, Vols. 1 and 2

  • Tuning Fork: A=440

  • Timpani Mallets: Clevelander Bamboo Timpani Mallets (CDB4) - Med Classic Ball

  • Additional timpani mallets as needed


  • Method Book: Mark Wessels, A Fresh Approach to Drum Set

  • Drum Set Sticks: Vic Firth 5A or 7A (TBD by instructor)

Additional books, repertoire, sticks, and mallets may be required based on an individual student’s course of study.

*all of the above items may be purchased from