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The Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s percussion department is led by internationally recognized faculty, with decades of performing and teaching experience of the highest caliber.

Our students can be found throughout the country and the world working in all areas of the industry, ranging from orchestras to Broadway musicals; university educators to music therapists; freelancers to band directors.

Percussion students at the Hodgson School can expect a well-rounded curriculum encompassing study of the entire battery of percussion instruments through the use of proven methodologies designed to build strong, refined technique, and beautiful sound production.  In addition, we incorporate thorough training and skill building of effective ensemble, chamber, and solo performance through weekly performance classes.

Our studio’s philosophy is one of strong work ethic, humility to the process of creating beautiful music, and discipline to the study of being a refined, meticulous artist in an ever-evolving industry. 

We address our students as individuals with unique circumstances and career interests and we work hard to meet every student where they are in their journey to facilitate the accomplishment of their intended goals.


A native of New York, Ms. Toscano holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Hofstra University, where she graduated cum laude and was granted membership into the national music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the Golden Key International Honour Society.  She then went on to attend the New England Conservatory where…

Mr. Adams has played in most of the major concert halls in Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, China, and Malaysia, and has performed under the batons of Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez, Manfred Honeck, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Robert Shaw, Sir Andre Previn, Sir Neville Marriner, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Raymond Leppard, Mariss Jansons,…

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