Beta Percussion International Institute – August 1-7, 2022


Beta Percussion International Institute is a seminar on percussion playing and writing.  The seminar will include 10+ masterclasses/clinics, 5+ faculty concerts, 1 participant marathon concert, 2 private lessons for each participant, guest lectures and physical/wellness sessions.


What makes this seminar unique is that it will focus on BOTH percussion playing and writing (composing and arranging). One of our objectives is to experiment with ‘learning about performance through writing, and vice versa.’

Is experience with writing required?

NO. We welcome those who have no writing experience. Those who do have writing experience are encouraged to bring their existing works to the seminar.

Is the seminar exclusively on original compositions or arrangements?

NO. Participants are encouraged to bring a mix of both original compositions/arrangements and existing works by others. Anything from Bach to percussion standards to contemporary works are welcomed.

Why Beta? 

Beta, as in beta testing. Participants are encouraged to experiment with and test out different aspects of playing and writing during this seminar. The point is to explore and make changes along the way. Art is always evolving, as it is a reflection of everything around us, past, present and future. Therefore, in a certain sense, art/music is always going to be in the ‘beta testing’ stage.


University of Oregon
School of Music and Dance