Boyce Jeffries is in his first year of serving as a faculty member at the Sam Houston State School of Music.
Working under Dr. John Lane, the head of the Percussion Studies program ,Boyce’s responsibilities include teaching applied percussion lessons, directing the University Percussion Ensemble, one Steel Pan Ensemble, and the Bearkat Drumline. Additionally, he instructs the Percussion Methods course for music education majors, as well as courses in musicianship and aural skills.
Originally from Sacramento, CA, Boyce completed his doctorate at the University of Toronto (2021) under the supervision of Aiyun Huang and Beverley Johnston. His dissertation examined the “YouTube effect” on the percussion field, primarily in areas pertaining to interpretation and education. Rather than seeking to reconcile the concerns with and benefits of viewing percussion performance on YouTube, he would like to encourage everyone to contextualize these digital experiences and see how they may, or may not, pertain to one’s own practice.
Boyce served as adjunct faculty at the Sacramento State School of Music in the spring of 2017, where he taught the Percussion Methods for Music Education majors, and voluntarily directed the school’s Balinese gamelan ensemble.
From 2017 – 2020, Boyce was the percussionist for the Toronto Tabla Ensemble (directed by Ritesh Das), and can be heard on select tracks from their 7th album Unexpected Guests.
Outside of music, he enjoys hiking, eating and enjoying many kinds of food, and is an avid tennis player.
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