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Dan Bauch, Percussion Department Chair

Faculty Directory: Percussion

Find out how you can grow as a percussion player at NEC Prep!

In our percussion department, young players find new friends and reach new levels of musicianship through orchestras, large ensembles, percussion ensembles, private lessons, workshops, and masterclasses. Students in the NEC Prep Percussion department gain access to working with BSO members in workshops, masterclasses, and sectionals.

Come see what the NEC Prep percussion department has in store for you!

Click here to schedule a fall placement!


    Private Lessons

    Private instruction is the foundation of a sound musical education. At NEC Prep, the depth and expertise of our faculty assure a great match for our students' individual needs. Private lessons of 30, 45, and 60 minutes are offered for students of all levels (including beginners!).

    A unique feature of our private lesson program is that it includes the opportunity to participate in evaluations and our annual concerto competition, which offer every student valuable performance experience and feedback from a variety of teachers.

    Prospective students must set up an audition or placement interview with Percussion Department Coordinator Harrison Honor, who will advise each student personally regarding an appropriate studio teacher placement and path of study. For information on how to get started, please click here. Private lessons can begin at any time during the school year. Please contact the Prep office for information and to schedule a placement.

    Percussion Ensemble



    Matthew McKayDan Bauch, Craig McNutt and Kyle Brightwell, Directors

    Open to advanced percussion players. Percussion Ensemble auditions are held in September. To schedule an audition, contact the Preparatory School office  at (617) 585-1160 or by email.

    Rehearsals Saturday, 1:00-2:30 PM

    Intro to Hand Drumming

    Luis Herrera Albertazzi, Instructor

    This course serves as an introduction to the various styles of Latin and Afro-Cuban hand drumming that a percussionist may encounter, such as Cha Cha Cha, Salsa, Bolero, Guaguanco, Merengue, Plena, and other styles. Instruments covered in the course will be primarily congas and bongos, as well as guiros, cowbells, claves, and timbales. The performance-based course includes group technical instruction, stylistic considerations, improvising, and performing as an ensemble, giving students the necessary knowledge for any situation they may encounter.

    Saturday, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

    Other Opportunities for Percussion Students

    NEC Prep Percussion students may also be interested in:

    01. Prep percussionists perform with Youth Symphony
    02. Prep tympanist rehearses
    03. Prep students rock a drum circle
    04. A Prep percussionist performs with MYWE
    05. A Prep jazz drummer rehearses with the Youth Jazz Orchestra