Bass School of Music  
Overview

Whether you want to be a professional performer, an educator, a composer, or aim to build a career in music business, the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University may well be the place for you.

Our faculty is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art percussion education for the 21st century. The Bass School of Music at OCU maintains a very low student-teacher ratio. Every percussion student receives extensive individual attention from professors. At OCU, you will never receive instruction from another student.

In addition, we have scholarships and percussion graduate assistantships to help make your education affordable.

We offer an incredible number of opportunities with excellent ensembles. In addition to performances with the Percussion Ensemble, our percussionists gain experience in the wind philharmonic, symphony orchestra, pit orchestras, new music groups, athletic pep-band, chamber ensembles, and jazz ensembles to provide a well-rounded program of study. 

Numerous guest artists visit campus each year for lectures, master classes, and solo performances. Previous guest artists have included Nexus, jazz drummer Joe Morello, Stanley Leonard (timpanist, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), David Zerbe (Professor of Percussion, Alma College), Robert Hohner (Professor of Percussion, Central Michigan University), Andy Harnsberger (marimba soloist), Todd Johnson (Professor of Percussion, McMurry University), Janis Potter (marimba soloist), John Kasica (percussionist, Saint Louis Symphony), and David Maslanka (composer).

The Bass Music Center includes a percussion teaching studio, percussion practice rooms, and seven new rehearsal rooms in addition to our four historic concert and recital halls: Kirkpatrick Theater, Petree Recital Hall, Burg Theater, and the Wimberly Room. 

Feel free to contact us about becoming part of the OCU Percussion Studio and Bass School of Music family.  Visit our site often for the latest information on upcoming performances, alumni, tours, and guest artists.

Contact Us


Dr. David Steffens 
Professor of Percussion 
dsteffens@okcu.edu