Kay Stonefelt, Professor, Percussion Area Head
About the area:
The SUNY Fredonia School of Music offers percussionists a place to learn, grow, and
succeed in all areas of percussion. A contact time of 5-6 hours a week between student
and percussion faculty is just one example of the extraordinary dedication of the
faculty to its percussion program.
In addition to the study of traditional Western percussion, recital seminar, and percussion
ensemble, the percussion program offers opportunity for intensive studies in jazz
vibraphone and four years of ongoing experience in the traditional Mexican marimba
and African balafon and drumming ensembles. Through these experiences, percussionists
gain necessary skills to improvise in jazz ensembles, accompany dance classes, participate
in premiere performances of new music, gain an understanding of solo percussion performance,
and achieve leadership roles in the more traditional ensembles.
The School of Music curriculum provides percussion students with a broad spectrum
of performance ensembles that range from large concert bands and symphony orchestra,
to wind ensembles, opera, musical theatre, contemporary, new music, and jazz ensembles.
Our internationally renowned recording studio provides many opportunities for students
to gain valuable experience in studio drum set performance. Percussion students who
are advanced in skill, and advanced in their curriculum, may gain practical teaching-assistant
experience with the supervision of a percussion faculty member for percussion pedagogy
classes. Especially gifted percussionists may audition and be judged for a Performer’s
Certificate and to compete in the Concerto Competition.
Percussion students are assigned to shared practice room areas. Daytime practice hours
are scheduled while evenings and weekends are open hours. The percussion instrument
collection at SUNY Fredonia is state-of-the-art and you will be excited to practice
and perform on such fine equipment.
The Fredonia percussion program is a gateway to your chosen path. Our graduates are
now teaching in universities, colleges, and public schools; they perform with prestigious
military bands and professional orchestras; they work in TV and recording studios;
accompany with professional dance companies; and have full tuition assistantships
and scholarships in graduate programs throughout the US. Come meet the students and
faculty. View our excellent facilities and feel the excitement – you’ll like what
Dr. Kay Stonefelt
SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
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