World Percussion

California Institute of the Arts CalArts

24 months
50850 USD/year
50850 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The curriculum draws from a broad range of offerings in the School of Music. Students have access to the the African, North Indian, and Balinese and Javanese Programs, as well as group and private instruction in Latin percussion, Brazilian percussion, Persian percussion, Arabic percussion and the study of frame drums and other hand-drumming traditions from around the world. 


At the same time students are working in the contexts of traditional world music they are also focusing on contemporary experiments in performance, composition and improvisation.

All MFA World Music artists are required to pass a Mid-Residence Recital and a Graduation Jury and Recital in order to complete the Program.

In addition to CalArts' rich and diverse community and naturally collaborative atmosphere, the Institute provides several programs of study that can be pursued concurrently with a student's chosen metier.

Programme Structure

  • Latin Percussion 
  • Persian Ensemble 
  • Tabla Accompaniment 
  • Beginning/Advanced Svar Graam 
  • Beginning/Advanced Svar Graam 
  • North Indian Theory 
  • Persian MUSIC Theory 
  • African Music Theory 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit Your Application
  • Artist Statement
  • Submit Required Supplementary Materials
  • Portfolio and Audition Requirements
  • Official college transcripts are required of all MFA applicants. College transcripts should cover all work undertaken and should be sent from each institution attended. All transcripts must be official transcripts issued from the institution you attended. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50850 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    50850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50850 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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