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Musical Instruments

Specialized information for performers of musical instruments.

Band & Orchestral Percussion


Percussion article in Grove Music Online (Log in required from off campus)
Timpani article in Grove Music Online
Marimba article in Grove Music Online

Reference Books in the Music Collection:

Percussion Discography: An Internaional Compilation fo Solo and
Chamber Percussion Music, by Fernando A. Meza

Encyclopedia of Percussion, by John Beck, 2nd ed.

The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments

Online via Oxford Music Online (Log-in required from off-campus)

Instrument & Performance History

Timpani and Percussion, by Jeremy Montagu  

The Timpani: A History in Pictures and Documents, by Edmund A. Bowles

The Percussionist's Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams, by Steven Schick

Technique and Teaching

Subject Search:   Percussion Instruments--Instruction and Study
Subject Search:  Percussion Instruments--Studies and Exercises

Teaching Percussion, 2nd ed., by Gary Cook

Teaching Wind & Percussion Instruments: A Course of Study,
by the MENC Task Force on Band Course of Study

The Art of Tympanist and Drummer, 2nd ed, by Andrew A. Shivas  

Marching Bands and Drumlines: Secrets of Success from the Best of
the Best, by Paul Buyer

Symphonic Repertoire for Keyboard Percussion, Jack Van Geem

Modern School for Mallet-Keyboard Instruments, edited by Rick Mattingly

The Drummer's Bible: How to Play Every Drum Style from Afro-Cuban to Zydeco, by Mick Berry

May, 2019

Jazz, Rock & Popular Percussion

Jazz Drumming

The Evolution of Jazz Drumming: A Workbook for Applied
Drumset Students, by Danny Gottlieb

Buddy Rich's Rudiments Around the Kit, by Ted MacKenzie

From Afro-Cuban Rhythms to Latin Jazz, by Raul A. Fernandez

World Jazz Drumming, by Mark Walker

Progressive Independence, Jazz: A Comprehensive Guide to
Basic Jazz Drumming Technique, by Ron Spagnardi

Rudimental Jazz: A Musical Application of Rudiments to the
Drumset, by Joe Morello

Jazz Percussionists/Drummers

Drummin' Men: The Heartbeat of Jazz, the Bebop Years,

Traps, the Drum Wonder: The Life of Buddy Rich, by Mel Tormé

The World of Gene Krupa: That Legendary "Drummin'
Man" by Bruce H. Klauber

Rock Drumming

The Drum Book: History of the Rock Drum Kit, by Geoff Nicholls

Classic Rock Drummers, by Ken Micallef and Donnie Marshall

Great Rock Drummers of the Sixties, by Bob Cianci

Rock Drumming Workbook: A Guide to Improving Your Rock
Grooves, Fills and Phrases, by Ed Roscetti

Percussion Instruments of Folk Traditions

Handbook of Tabla: History, Anatomy, Tuning, Maintenance,
by Pankaj Vishal

P'ungmul: South Korean Drumming and Dance,
by Nathan Hesselink

Getting Started on Djembe, with Michael Wimberley  

Masters of the Sabar: Wolof Griot Percussionists of
Senegal, by Patricia Tang

Carlos Aldama's Life in Batá: Cuba, Diaspora, and
the Drum, by Umi Vaughan

Ancient Text Messages of the Yoruba Bàtá Drum:
Cracking the Code, by Amanda Villepastour

Steel Drums and Steelbands: A History, by Angela Smith

Percussion Instruments to Check Out (Educational Technology)

Talking Drum

The Educational Technology and Resources Collection (ETRC) includes musical instruments that can be checked out.  They  were intended for use in K-8 music instruction but can be checked out by anybody with Ball State borrowing privileges.  To borrow an instrument, go to the ETRC counter on the lower level and ask for it by call number (Most begin with "UDC").  Click ont he call numbers below for a description and photograph of the instrument.

Africa & Middle East

  • Talking Drum (pictured, upper right):  UDC 3162
  • Slit Log Drum: UDC 2749 and UDC 3416
  • ​Axatse (rattle) from West Africa (pictured, right): UDC 3642
  • Mbiras (Thumb Pianos)
    • Small Mbira from Northern Rhodesia: 64.79
    • Larger Mbira (pictured at right):  UDC 3599
    • Thumb Piano (kalimba or mbira): UDC 1422  (includes chart with Western musical notation)
  • Dumbek (Turkish drum):  UDC 3647
  • Gangala bells: UDC 3632
  • Miriam Drum (Israel): UDC 54
  • Camel Bells (Iran): UDC 235


Latin America

Native American / First Peoples


Other Instruments


May, 2019