We are disappointed to announce that the 2020 Summer Marimba Camp has been cancelled due to concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope everyone has a safe and productive summer and we look forward to making music with you again in 2021.

Marimba Camp 2020

The University of Arkansas Summer Marimba Camp was created to provide young percussionists with an opportunity for intensive instruction in the mallet keyboard instruments, particularly 4-mallet marimba. Our camp is intended to benefit students who are just starting out, as well as those with a significant amount of experience, through a mix of group classes, small ensembles, and individual instruction.

Topics will include:

  • 4-Mallet Technique – We will discuss how to hold the mallets and how to identify and use the basic stroke types. Instruction will focus primarily upon the Stevens Method, with some discussion of Burton and Traditional grip. Students are not required to play any one grip to participate in the camp.
  • Warm-up Techniques and How to Develop a Good Warm-up Routine
  • Practice Techniques – Topics will include time management, how to break pieces of music down, how to structure a practice session, tips for memorizing, and preparing for performance.
  • How to be an effective member of a chamber group – Each student will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform as a member of a small ensemble.
  • History of the Marimba/Mallet Percussion Ensemble
  • Mallet Making and Wrapping


Open to any percussion students entering grades 7-12 with at least 1 year of instruction. Students are expected to be able to read with some fluency in both the treble and bass clefs.
We are at least as interested in a good work ethic as we are in previous percussion experience. Contact information for a Band Director or private instructor who can provide a reference is required.
Students are asked to bring a prepared work of approximately 2-5 minutes to determine music selection and placement in an ensemble.
Students are expected to provide a set of 4 marimba mallets (IP Soloist 240 or equivalent; a medium-hard mallet) and are encouraged to bring any solos that they are currently working on or have recently completed.


Stay Tuned for our 2020/2021 Season!


See sample schedule below


Epley Band Building & Billingsley Music Building, U of A Campus, Fayetteville

Click here for maps and directions.


$370 by April 15   /   $400 after April 15

Fee includes instruction, materials and daily lunches.

Lodging/Meal Package (for those staying overnight at dorm): $175


Register and pay online. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted.

Cancellation / Refund Policy

By April 1: full refund

April 2 – May 15: refund less $100 administrative fee

After May 15: no refunds

For More Information About Registration       Nastassja Riley – 479-575-6491, cms@uark.edu

For More Information About Curriculum     Lynn Francis, Camp Director – lynn.r.francis@gmail.com


The mission of the Community Music School is to provide enriching programs to all. If the program fee is a financial burden, complete a scholarship application.  Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, as long as funds are available.  Applications must be submitted by midnight on April 1, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and notifications sent to applicants by April 10.

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, June 07

3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Placement hearings in the Epley Band Building (Please have 2-5 minutes of prepared music that will help to determine placement in chamber ensembles.)

5:00 – 6:00 P.M.

Camp check-in at dormitory (all campers)

6:30 P.M.


7:30 P.M.

Camp orientation and evening activity

Monday – Thursday, June 8 – 11

7:30 – 8:30 A.M.

Breakfast (for dorm campers)

8:30 A.M. – Noon

Instructional Time: Chamber Group Rehearsals/Individual Instruction, Master Classes/Group Instruction

Noon – 1:00 P.M.

Lunch at dormitory (all campers)

1:00 – 4:00 P.M.

Instructional Time: Chamber Group Rehearsals/Individual Instruction, Master Classes/Group Instruction

4:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Free time (all campers)

5:00 – 6:00 P.M.

Dinner at dormitory (all campers)

6:30 – 9:30 P.M.

Evening activities (all campers)

Friday, June 12

7:30 – 8:30 A.M.

Breakfast (for dorm campers)

8:30 A.M.

Rehearsal, concert preparation


Concert hall opens for seating


Final concert


Camp Ends

Meet the Instructors

Lynn Francis

Camp Director


Lynn Francis, camp director, is a freelance percussionist and private instructor in Northwest Arkansas with over 10 years’ experience in teaching mallet percussion to students ranging from first year beginners to those at a collegiate level. She completed her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Percussion Performance, as well as a Masters in Percussion Performance from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. During that time, Mrs. Francis had the opportunity to attend the Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar, as well as the Alan Abel Percussion Seminar. She also received private lessons and attended workshops given by She-e Wu, Gordon Stout, Michael Burritt, and Dr. John Parks IV.

Matt Brusca


Matt Brusca is the Percussion Specialist for Fayetteville Public Schools. From 2012 to 2016, he was the Percussion Coordinator/Assistant Band Director in Bartlesville, OK. He holds a Master’s in Percussion Performance from Illinois State University and a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Missouri Southern State University. Matt has been on staff with Resistance Indoor
Percussion, Gateway Indoor, and the Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, in addition to instructing and arranging for high school drum lines in Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Matt’s performing experiences include a variety of symphonies and professional sports drum lines throughout the Midwest and abroad. He was also a WGI Independent World Class Finalist with Gateway Indoor in 2008 and 2009. Matt is a performing artist/clinician for Mapex drums, Majestic percussion, Sabian cymbals, and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, as well as a signature artist for Etymotic Research, Inc.

Kelby Taylor


Kelby Taylor is a graduate of the University of Arkansas where she earned her Bachelor of Music in education and performance. She also received her Master of Performance degree graduating in 2018. While in her graduate studies, she won the 2016 University of Arkansas Concerto Aria Competition and performed as a soloist with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. She and her husband currently reside in Russellville, Arkansas where she is an elementary music teacher.

Dr. Mark Boseman


Dr. Mark Boseman is a percussionist who specializes in both contemporary solo percussion as well as contemporary chamber music. His performances encompass a variety of styles that range from standard orchestral repertoire and contemporary chamber music to popular music styles. In addition, Mark has performed with a wide variety of ensembles ranging from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago to small chamber groups.

Dr. Boseman is currently serving as the Assistant Professor of Percussion at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, TX. Prior to his appointment at Texas A&M International, Dr. Boseman served as an associate director of percussion studies at the University of Arkansas. During his time at the Eastman School of Music, he established himself as an international performer and educator. This resulted in yearly residencies at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo and the Showa Academy of Music in Yokohama, Japan. These residencies include performance, masterclasses and private lessons on a wide variety of instruments and musical styles. Additionally, Dr. Boseman is a member of Scatter Percussion Collective. This percussion septet performs original repertoire that blends popular and classical styles to create a unique and original sound.

Dr. Boseman is the author of Mallets and Music: A Guide to Four Mallet Marimba, a new method book for learning four mallet marimba technique. Mallets & Music combines straightforward explanations, an online video library, and newly commissioned music by world renowned performers and composers such as Michael Burritt, Ivan Trevino, Blake Tyson, Elliot Cole, Aaron Staebell, and Robert Honstein. It is currently distributed through Amazon, Steve Weiss Music, and Lone Star Percussion and it is available in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Brazil, and Japan.

Dr. Boseman holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Arkansas, a Master’s degree in music performance and literature from Northwestern University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in music performance and literature degree from the Eastman School of Music. He is also a recipient of the Eastman School of Music’s prestigious performer’s certificate. His teachers have included Michael Burritt, Chalon Ragsdale, Bill Cahn, James Ross, Charles Ross, Rich Thompson and Paul Wertico.

Dr. Boseman proudly endorses Malletech mallets and instruments.

Chalon Ragsdale


Chalon Ragsdale is University Professor of Percussion at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His primary teachers were Harold A. Jones, Larry Mathis, and Johnnie Vinson. He has taught marimba and percussion at the junior high, high school and collegiate levels for over 40 years. His students have held more than 100 positions in All-State ensembles in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas. His University of Arkansas percussion students have won awards at the state, regional and national levels. Many of his former students are teaching in public school percussion positions, have won teaching positions with colleges and universities, are successful ‘free-lancers’, and have won performance positions with major service bands.

Prof. Ragsdale’s is recognized internationally as a scholar on the life and music of the Australian-American composer Percy Grainger, and has presented Grainger lectures in America, Australia, and Japan. His arrangements of the music of Grainger and others (always featuring prominent parts for vibraphone and marimba) have been performed in numerous significant venues, including the Midwest International Clinic, the College Band Directors National Association, the Western International Band Conference, and many state Music Educators Conferences. His arrangement for Percussion Ensemble of Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune From Country Derry was recorded by the “Woof!” Percussion Ensemble in 2000; the CD was named one of International Record Review’s “Best Discs of 2000”, and received an Aria Awards Nomination for Best Classical CD of 2001. In 2003, Ragsdale was awarded the Grainger Medallion by the International Percy Grainger Society “in recognition of his work on behalf of the music of Percy Grainger.” 

Ragsdale is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy (NCPP) ; he and his students served as hosts for the 2017 and 2018 NCPP National Conferences in Fayetteville, AR. Ragsdale is sponsored by Innovative Percussion.