Percussion instruments course – Level II

Educational objectives

At the end of the studies related to the Level II Academic Diploma Course in Percussion instruments, students must have acquired the advanced level knowledge of the techniques and the specific skills to enable them to concretely fulfil their artistic ideas. To this end, particular emphasis will be placed on the study of the instrument’s most representative repertoire – including ensembles – and related performance practices, also with the aim of developing the student’s ability to interact within differently composed musical groups. These objectives are to be achieved also by favouring the development of the perceptive capacity of hearing and memorisation and with the acquisition of specific knowledge of the organisational, compositional and analytical models of music and their interaction. Specific care must be devoted to the acquisition of appropriate postural and emotional control techniques. At the end of the two-year course, students must have acquired an in-depth knowledge of the stylistic, historical and general aesthetic aspects related to their specific address. It is also an educational objective of the course to acquire adequate skills in the field of computer music as well as those related to a second European Community language.

Employment prospects

  • Professional concert activity oriented towards solo performance
  • Cultural operator in the field of music
  • Organiser of events and musical seasons
  • Consultant and musical organiser at public or private institutions

Two-year school system

Characterising programmes

Admission Level II

Reserved to students in possession of a first level academic diploma, or a degree, or a diploma from a system previously in force combined with an upper secondary school diploma. Students in possession of another equivalent qualification obtained abroad and recognised as suitable may also be admitted. The above-mentioned qualifications must be consistent with the chosen course.
  1. Performance of a concerto for percussion/timpani and orchestra of the candidate’s choice (red. for piano)

As examples:

  1. Creston: Concertino for Marimba and orchestra
  2. Milhaud: Concerto for Marimba, Vibraphone and orchestra
  3. Jolivet: Concerto pour Percussion et orchestre
  4. Schwantner: Concerto for percussion and orchestra
  5. Rosauro: Concerto for marimba and orchestra
  6. Sejourne: Concerto for marimba and string orchestra
  7. Sejourne: Concerto for vibraphone and string orchestra
  8. Thärichen: Timpani Concerto Op.34]

Or, as an alternative to the Percussion/Timpani concerto and orchestra:

– Performance of a piece for each of the following instruments: drum, marimba, vibraphone, timpani preferably taken from:


  1. Délecluse: 12 etudes pour caisse claire
  2. Wilcoxon: Modern rudimental solos for the advanced drummer
  3. Fink : Trommel Suite
  4. Mortensen: March & Cadenza for solo Drumming
  5. Kettle: 4 solos for Snare Drum
  6. Firth: The Solo Snare Drummer

A.J. Cirone: Portraits in rhythm


  1. Friedman: Dampening & pedaling.
  2. Friedman: A mirror from another.
  3. Burton: 6 vibe solos.
  4. Wiener: Vibe solos (vol. I and II).
  5. Glenthworth: Blues for Gilbert.
  6. Zivkovic: Suomineito
  7. Sejourne: 19 Etudes musicales de Vibraphone (n.14 to n.19)


  1. Sammut: Stroboscope
  2. Sammut: 4 Rotations for Marimba
  3. Burrit: Caritas
  4. Stout: 2 Mexican dances
  5. W. Henze: 5 scenes from the snow country.
  6. Rosauro: 3 Preludes for solo marimba
  7. Sejourne: Nancy


  1. Carter: 8 pieces for timpani.
  2. Hinger: the virtuoso timpanist.
  3. Firth: The solo timpanist.
  4. Knauer: 85 Ubungen fur Timpani

The candidate may perform alternative pieces of similar difficulty and level.

  1. Musical and motivational interview concerning the chosen course of study (in Italian).

The Commission may listen to the programme in part or require the repetition of any passage. External candidates must present themselves with their own accompanying pianist if the programme provides so.

The examination is marked in hundredths. Candidates with a mark of not less than 60/100 will be considered suitable. All candidates must have read the official admission programmes published on the Conservatoire’s website.

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The detailed timetable for the admission examinations will be published in a separate notice.


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Enrolment in years following the first

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The suspension and reactivation of studies is provided for Level I and II courses only, no later than 31 July of each calendar year. Students who have not exceeded 5 academic years of suspension may request the reactivation of their career. Career reactivation cannot be requested for students who have exceeded the aforementioned number of years (the academic credits obtained will be declared obsolete and no longer valid). Career reactivation is only possible if a place is available for the current academic year.

With regard to academic career reactivation fees, please refer to the Fees and Contributions Regulations for the current academic year.

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The Academic Year begins on 1 November of each year and ends on 31 October of the following year. The academic calendar is issued by the Director, by resolution of the Academic Council, normally by 31 May.

Each training activity may entail different methods of conduct and interaction between students and lecturers. In particular, there may be individual face-to-face lessons, collective face-to-face lessons, practice lectures, laboratories, practical, distance and intensive activities, training courses, seminars, projects, artistic productions, reports and production of texts and hypertexts, including multimedia, guided or autonomous individual study activities, tutoring, self-assessment and other activities.


There are three sessions per academic year: summer, autumn and extraordinary.

Students are obliged to book by the deadlines indicated by the Registrar’s Office.

Final Examinations

In order to obtain the qualification for Level I and Level II courses, students who have acquired the required credits must pass the final examination consisting in the writing of the dissertation (Thesis) and the practical test useful to ascertain the achievement of the qualifying educational objectives of the course of study.
Booking the final examination must be made compulsorily on one’s ISIDATA profile under the heading ‘Examinations’.
At the same time, it will be compulsory to pay the ‘Graduation fee’ (by means of Pagopa service) of €30.00 by generating the payment by MAV through the ISIDATA platform under the heading ‘Fees’.

Bookings must be received in accordance with the following deadlines:
– 31 May (summer session);
– 31 August (autumn session);
– 31 January (winter session).

Students must have completed their studies at least 10 days before the final examination.

It is compulsory to submit 1 hard copy and 1 PDF/A file of the Diploma Thesis to the secretary’s office no later than 10 days before the date of the final examination. Further hard copies (tot. 4 copies) must be handed in to the commission on the day of the final examination.
Specific provisions can be found in the “Thesis Regulations”.