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Our Mission:

Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar strives to provide the highest standard of percussion education with a curriculum that teaches community leadership alongside artistry.

Percussion Education: TAPS faculty is comprised of the top performers and educators in the percussion field. Our classes cover a wide variety of styles, genres, and topics that allow TAPS fellows to experience and learn about all aspects of percussion.

Diversity and Inclusion: TAPS sees cultural equity and inclusion as a critical element in achieving our mission to make percussion education accessible to a wider audience. We seek to provide the highest level of percussion education to students of all ages and backgrounds, all at no cost to our students.  

Community: TAPS believes that music brings people together, creating a diverse community of students, teachers, and audience members. Musical experiences help people realize our shared humanity and TAPS strives to create these transformative experiences for our community.

Artistry: Our fellows are presented with incredible opportunities to hone in on their musicality and develop as performers through chamber performances, mock auditions, and solo performances. Providing students with high quality training helps fellows best harness the power of music as a vehicle for self expression.




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TAPS LA Music Festival

A tuition-free, in-person seminar in
Los Angeles, CA

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. 

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Online Seminar, June 16-July 3rd 2020

TAPS Online Summer Intensive was a three week online program where 19 distinguished professional musicians presented in-depth classes related to percussion performance and history, and performance coach Don Greene presented a class to help percussionists to deal with performance anxiety.

TAPS Online Weekly Q&A

Online Masterclasses March 30-May 2nd, 2022

As a positive response to the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing guidelines, the TAPS Weekly Q&A was a series of live interactive interviews held from March 30 - May 2, 2020  with top percussion professionals from across the country. Sessions were hosted on Zoom, and any interested audience members were able to register, attend, and ask questions directly to the artists. 


TAPS New Zealand

In-Person Seminar January 13-17th, 2020

TAPS' inaugural New Zealand seminar took place January 13-17, 2020 alongside the Auckland Philharmonic's Summer Orchestral Institute. 

Participants worked closely with faculty members Ted Atkatz, Tim Jones, Eric Renick, and Steve Logan in a variety of masterclasses, rehearsals, and private lesson settings.

Other TAPS Events

2024  Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar at CSULB 

2023  Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar at CSULB 

2022  Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar at CSULB 

2021  Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar at CSULB 

2020  Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar in New Zealand and Alan Abel Documentary released

2018  Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar at Snow Pond Music Festival

2017  Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar at Snow Pond Music Festival

2016  Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar at Snow Pond Music Festival

2016 Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)

2016  Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar in Adelaide, Australia 

2015  The first Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar at CSULB

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