Welcome to Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar!
TAPS LA Music Festival is a two-week intensive program for percussion students led by some of the top players in the field. During this festival, fellows perform chamber music, take lessons, attend masterclasses, take mock auditions, and participate in community outreach activities together.
Applications for our 2024 festival will be available Fall 2023.
A word from Ted Atkatz, Founder of TAPS
"As the Artistic Director of TAPS, I am driven by a deep passion for music and a strong belief in the transformative power of education. Throughout my own journey as a musician, I was fortunate to have exposure to exceptional music teachers and mentors who shaped my musical development. Their guidance and support allowed me to realize my potential and pursue a fulfilling career in music, as a performing artist, composer, and educator.
Inspired by my own experiences, I am committed to passing on my knowledge and expertise to the next generation. I firmly believe that every young person deserves the opportunity to explore and embrace the world of music. That is why TAPS is dedicated to providing enhanced music education, with a particular emphasis on drumming and percussion, to the underserved communities of Greater Los Angeles."
"I'm so grateful for the two weeks I spent at Long Beach learning from Ted Atkatz and all the other fantastic guest artists that were brought in to give us masterclasses and coaching for chamber music. It was incredible to work with other young percussionists, as we all learned alongside each other and brought different skillsets to the table. I'm grateful for the connections I made and continue to use the skills I learned at TAPS to this day."
-Graham Viegut, TAPS Alumni