Professor and Head of Percussion Studies
Hailed as a “prodigiously talented percussionist” (Chicago Classical Review) Gregory Beyer is a contemporary music specialist with significant experience in orchestral, jazz and world music who combines the multiple disciplines of 21st Century percussion into a singular artistic voice. He has given solo performances and masterclasses throughout the world.
Along his twelve years of experience as a professor of percussion at NIU, Beyer has held long-term visiting scholar appointments at universities in China and Brazil. He is capable of developing rapport with anyone in the world and sees the art of percussion as a vehicle for intercultural understanding and the betterment of society through a commitment to daily work and personal growth. He demands the very best out of each student and is committed to offering life-changing experiences through the realization of a student’s inner potential.
In both word and example, Beyer shares with students his core values which revolve around the life-long process of developing self-confidence and self-love through discipline, hard work, and the belief in the good and creative potential of every member of our community.
D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music
Applied Instruction in Percussion
Graduate Percussion Pedagogy
New Music Ensemble
“I seek to create an environment that fosters a sense of family, integrity, creativity, respect, and a passionate commitment to hard work.
I strive to provide transformative, life-changing experiences for sincere, open-minded, curious musicians who, through music, can envision themselves as a vehicle for positive change in this world."