Educational Performances
A direct connection with audiences of all ages is at the core of Third Coast Percussion’s work.

Education is a key pillar of the organization’s mission. All four ensemble members have a background as educators, and share a passion for teaching. As a leading professional percussion ensemble, Third Coast is uniquely positioned to offer interactive hands-on learning experiences for a wide range of students and community members. From grade school to grad school, Third Coast Percussion has your music education needs covered.

Think Outside the Drum

Think Outside the Drum

A Fun, Interactive, and Educational Presentation for All Ages.

Introducing the Building Blocks of Music

  • Performances by Third Coast Percussion are interspersed with teaching moments that introduce the building blocks of music (rhythm, melody, and timbre) through active participation in a series of interactive activities including clapping, singing, and a listening game.
  • Students learn about the extraordinary range of percussion instruments that can be found in cultures around the world, as well as in their own kitchen cabinets.
  • Think Outside the Drum is ideal for audiences ranging in age from pre-school to 6th Alternative versions of the program are suited for 7th grade to 12th grade students. The program is also well suited for all-ages family audiences.
  • Any size audience can be accommodated.



An interactive educational presentation exploring the scientific and musical properties of sound waves.

The WAVES program (Wonder, Arts, Vibration, Engineering, Science) is an interactive educational presentation exploring the scientific and musical properties of sound waves. The four members of Third Coast Percussion perform music, teach students about the sound waves using app-based technology and video projections, then pass out custom-designed percussion instruments to all audience members and teach the audience to perform a piece of music together with Third Coast Percussion.

WAVES is an educational program designed for 3rd-6th grade students. Audience size for each performance is limited to a maximum of 150 students.

The custom-designed percussion instruments used by the audience were designed and fabricated by students and faculty at the University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering, led by Professor Jay Brockman, the Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Experiential Learning. Learn more about these custom-designed instruments – click here.

TCP ensemble member Peter Martin composed the music that the audience performs with Third Coast Percussion. To learn more about how the music was composed, and how the musical composition led the instrument design process, click here.

If you are interested in learning more about the WAVES presentation or are interested in hosting a performance of WAVES with Third Coast Percussion, click here.

Wild Sound

Wild Sound

Wild Sound challenges the distinctions that exist between music and noise, instrument and everyday object, performance and daily life

Composer Glenn Kotche and Third Coast Percussion created this new musical work combining field recordings from cities around the world, live performance, video art and live video projections, and the construction and de-construction of musical instruments on stage.

The custom-made percussion instruments used in Wild Sound were conceptualized by Kotche and designed and built by students and faculty at the University of Notre Dame’s School of Engineering. For a fun look at how some of these instruments were put together, check out this post from TCP’s blog.

The design for all of the arduino-based instruments used in Wild Sound will be available online for free soon.

Next Show

Thursday, January


Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center

1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA United States

Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center

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Saturday, January


Celebrity Series of Boston

Monday, February


The Peace Center