Eastman South Indian Percussion Summer Institutes - Rochester, NY


  • Eastman School of Music 26 Gibbs Street Rochester, NY 14604

Registration for Eastman's South Indian percussion institutes (beginner and intermediate levels) is now open! This is the sixth consecutive year that these unique institutes will be presented by one of the nation's leading schools of music. Enrollment is limited, so please sign-up as soon as possible.

South Indian Percussion—Beginner Level / Introduction Course

Dates: July 21-25 / Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Room: Gamelan Room, ET 12

An exciting, weeklong course in South Indian percussion for teachers, collegiate and high school students, and community members. The institute will provide an overview of Carnatic music, an ancient form of classical music from South India, and will explore techniques and approaches of the Carnatic percussive tradition, considered one of the world’s most complex. Participants will get hands-on experience playing several traditional instruments, including the pitched mridangam, the primary drum of South India, as well as other secondary hand drums including the khanjira frame drum, ghatam clay pot, and konakkol, a unique system of vocal percussion.

South Indian Percussion—Intermediate Level

Dates: July 21-25 / Monday–Friday, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Room: Gamelan Room, ET 12

In the second course in the South Indian percussion institute sequence, students will delve deeper into the practical and theoretical nuances of Carnatic music, an ancient form of classical music from South India. Intricate techniques and approaches of the Carnatic percussive traditions will be considered by way of hands-on training on several traditional instruments (see Beginner Level, above). Students will also explore the complex relationship between raga (melody) and tala (rhythm) in a performance context. Prerequisites for this institute are the South Indian Percussion Introduction course or demonstration of moderate proficiency in South Indian percussion as evaluated by the instructor.

Participants Concert: Friday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall

Individual lessons are available for students through the Eastman Community Music School. 

For more details, visit Summer@Eastman