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Intensive personalized instruction by experienced faculty.

A full set of well-maintained large percussion instruments in every rehearsal and performance space. The best student-to-instrument ratio in the Mid-Atlantic.

At UNCSA percussionists perform!

Since 1999 graduates of the UNCSA Percussion Program have been accepted at leading music schools and universities in the US including: Curtis, Eastman, Julliard, Northwestern, Oberlin, Manhattan, CIM, Peabody, Ithaca College, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, San Francisco Conservatory, Vanderbilt, SMU, FSU, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Carnegie Mellon, UNC, UNCG, UNC - Charlotte, East Carolina U., Appalachian State U. and summer programs including Tanglewood, Julliard, Interlochen, and Brevard.

UNCSA graduates have found careers as orchestral performers, college teachers, in service bands, and as public school music educators.

The intimate conservatory setting provides excellent performance opportunities for students from high school - graduate school under the direct supervision of Artist-Faculty member John R. Beck, a performer and teacher with over 25 years of experience.

-All students study with an experienced professor.
-No Graduate Teaching Assistants for lessons.



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Audio & Video Links:

Trio per Uno video - High School Ensemble

Rhythm Song - duet arrangement by Tucker/O'Toole (high school seniors)
Sharpened Stick - UNCSA Percussion Ensemble
Trio per Uno - UNCSA Percussion Ensemble
Momentum - Kraft - UNCSA PE



"I can state with confidence after serving on the faculties of 10 universities over the past 30 years that UNCSA has some of the most motivated and talented percussion students with whom I have worked. This is a learning environment where students can reach their potential." - John R. Beck


June 17–June 19, 2014
Percussion ensemble, private lessons, and workshops in ensemble and solo percussion, West African drumming, tabla, timpani, keyboard, multiple percussion, audition preparation, and peak performance strategies. Performances by the Philidor Percussion Group and the student percussion ensemble.

Faculty: Members of the Philidor Percussion Group

Tuition: $250

Contact: beckj@uncsa.edu

Spend your time practicing not moving drums around campus. Instrument Inventory

UNCSA Percussion Ensemble 2006-07

“The evening began with John Beck leading the school's Percussion Ensemble in Varese's Ionisation, from 1931...

The performance glowed with precision.”

                                                                           - Winston-Salem Journal - Sunday, October 22, 2006

Listen: Ionisation (excerpt) performed by the UNCSA Percussion Ensemble





Performance opportunities both in school and in the community.

Central North Carolina is home to the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, and the Salisbury Symphony, Carolina Chamber Symphony, and several Jazz Venues which book local musicians and student groups.


Brass Band of Battle Creek Holiday Concert video

John R. Beck has performed with a wide variety of ensembles in a diversity of musical styles. He is a member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and a percussionist with the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphony Orchestras, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Philidor Percussion Group. A former member of the United States Marine Band, he performed regularly with the National and Baltimore Symphonies, Washington and Baltimore Operas, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. Beck has toured the United States as a xylophone soloist with the Marine Band, Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band, and the New Sousa Band.

As a teacher, he has served on the faculties of the Universities of Utah, Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina-Greensboro, and Florida State, and holds degrees from Oberlin College and the Eastman School of Music. Beck is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and is currently the Vice President. He has appeared as a clinician at several PASIC's and state chapter Days of Percussion . He presents clinics representing Innovative Mallets, Yamaha Percussion and Zildjian Cymbals, and his compositions, arrangements, and instructional video are published by HoneyRock. His CD “Shared Spaces” is distributed by Equilibrium.

JR Beck CD released on Equilibrium Shared Spaces; music for percussion, horn, clarinet, and winds 8/04