The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Introduction to Percussion explores both tuned and untuned percussion performance and composition. No previous music experience is required. This course develops the understanding of basic rhythm patterns, the concepts of beat and pulse, the use of various tuned and untuned instruments and how to create a group performance using this media. Introduction to Percussion will develop introductory music reading skills connected with performing a range of repertoire appropriate to this stage.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Basic concepts of rhythm, beat and pulse.

2. The ability to sight-read a musical rhythm.

3. Aural skills with relation to rhythm, time signature, pitch and performing media.

4. Ensemble skills through group performance.

5. The ability to create a simple ensemble performance for tuned and untuned percussion.

6. The ability to adapt music making skills to a variety of classroom and extra curricula performance activities.

7. The ability to select and sequence appropriate repertoire.


The course will involve workshops where students will be given musical concepts and practical hands on experience with percussion instruments and techniques.


This course is not available to students in the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts programs.

Assumed knowledge

Students undertaking this course do NOT require any previous musical training.

Assessment items

Report: Assessment 1 Progress - Solo/Group Performance

Portfolio: Assessment 2 Portfolio Submission

In Term Test: Assessment 3 - Performance Exam Solo and Ensemble

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term