Due to weather, The Boston Conservatory will CLOSE at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 5. During this time, all classes are canceled and all offices are closed. Performances and rehearsals scheduled for tonight will continue as planned, and practice rooms on campus will remain open and available to students. Updates will be posted to www.bostonconservatory.edu/alerts as available. Please note that Admissions auditions scheduled for February 6 and 7 will continue as planned.

Main menu

Percussion Student Toolbox

The following are lists of suggested equipment for young aspiring percussionists of Middle School and High School age, as well as a suggested inventory for an active high school music program.

Middle School Student

  • sticks (Firth SD1 or 5B)
  • drum pad
  • metronome
  • method book (Stick Control, Whaley, Podemski)
  • snare drum (buy or rent)
  • music folder
  • stick bag

Bonus

  • 1 pair xylophone/bell mallets
  • 1 pair yarn mallets
  • 1 pair timpani mallets

High School Student

  • 1 set of 4 vibe mallets
  • 1 set of 4 medium mallets
  • 1 pair hard marimba mallets
  • 1 pair soft marimba mallets
  • brass mallets
  • hard plastic
  • soft plastic (Becker Blues)
  • 3 pairs timpani mallets (soft, med, hard)
  • SD1, 5Bs, (7As)
  • 3 black towels

Bonus

  • triangle beaters
  • tambourine
  • BD beaters (one general, pair of rollers)
  • triangle

High School Inventory

  • drumset
  • concert snare stand
  • concert bass drum w/stand and beaters
  • crash cymbals
  • timpani (at least 29" 26", add 32" good, add 23" best)
  • glockenspiel (w/stand)
  • xylophone
  • tambourine
  • triangle w/beaters
  • tam-tam w/stand and beater
  • chimes
  • vibraphone
  • marimba
  • timpani mallets
  • keyboard mallets (suspended cymbal mallets)
  • sleighbells
  • cowbells
  • woodblocks (templeblocks)
  • slapstick
  • castanets
  • locked storage
  • spare heads
  • drumset carpet
  • method books
  • crash cymbal stand
  • towels
  • timpani covers, keyboard covers
Back to top