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Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar strives to provide the highest standard of percussion education with a curriculum that teaches community leadership alongside artistry. The purpose of all TAPS programming is to provide accessible world-class instruction in the percussive arts to students of all ages and backgrounds.


TAPS sees socioeconomic and cultural equity and inclusion a critical element in achieving our mission to make world-class percussion education accessible to a wider audience. 


"As quarantining subsided, I felt an overwhelming need to perform live music for an audience, which we had all been missing. In 2021, we introduced the TAPS LA Music Festival, which included performances of new music in outdoor venues, and the same percussion seminar that we’d offered in the past, with an important change: each student would attend the seminar tuition-free."

- Ted Atkatz, Artistic Director of TAPS

"There was a large variety of faculty giving classes both in person and virtually. With the performance opportunities, it was a great way to experience LA and to share music with others."

- Jakob Schoenfeld, TAPS Fellow 2021-2022 



Our world class faculty  cover a wide variety of styles, genres, and topics in music in order to present our fellows with a full range of the world of percussion.


In addition to musical events, we give our fellows the opportunity to connect with the city, new audiences, and with each other. We often perform in non-traditional concert venues and hope to expand the audience for percussion music.


Each year, we partner with the Switzer Learning Center to share our love for music through teaching and collaborative performance.


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.

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