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Welcome to the Acceptd Application Portal for VPMF!

Virtual Percussion Music Festival provides world-class instruction to motivated young percussionists via a well-designed online festival that focuses both on expertise in playing and courageous thinking through mindset training.  Through VPMF, participants have the opportunity to interact with  industry leading artists and thinkers, who are often the gatekeepers to top conservatories and symphonies.  VPMF is unique, 100% online, and at the leading-edge of a new reality in music making.  Free from the limitations of location and travel, VPMF brings together artists from around the world to mentor and inspire the next generation of percussionists.

VPMF Program Overview

VPMF Dates: June 20 - July 15

Each participant will receive:

  • Private lessons with Faculty Artists (60 minutes each)

  • Private Collaborative Thinking Sessions with the Artistic Director, Matt Richards (60 minutes each)

  • Guided warmups with Faculty Artists and Guest Artists (60 minutes each)

  • Masterclasses (2 hours each) (each participant is guaranteed to play in AT LEAST two masterclasses)

  • Presentations (2 hours each)

  • Additional mock-auditions, instrument presentations, group viewings of concerts, hangouts, participant performances, pod presentations, and group practice sessions

  • Private Facebook group for community, collaboration, and accountability

  • Recordings of all lessons, studio classes, presentations, and masterclasses

Daily Agenda

*All times are CST, subject to change


Private Lessons will be scheduled in the time blocks before, between, and after VPMF events

For questions regarding the program or admissions, please contact

Teaching Assistantship Details
  • One exemplary applicant will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship
  • TA must be available for the full 4-week program
  • Teaching assistantship duties include attending all classes and helping Artistic Director with operational and artistic duties
  • Application process includes Acceptd application and finalists will be invited to an interview


Application received on or before March 1: $1,957
Application received after March 1: $2,857

*Scholarships are available and are determined via a scholarship interview. Anyone can book a call to discuss their goals, dreams, setbacks, and to see if VPMF aligns with their vision. If you are interested in attending VPMF, but are concerned about finances, we encourage you to schedule a call to talk about it with us! To schedule a scholarship appointment, please click the link below.*

Book Scholarship Appointment

For additional scholarship information please email

Important Dates:

January 3rd: Applications Open

March 15th: Deadline for TA Applications 
Applications submitted after March 15 will only be considered if there are still openings available

April 1st: Notification of TA Results

May 29th: Final deadline for general applications

June 1st:
Tuition due for VPMF Participants

June 20th: VPMF Begins!

Notification of acceptance will be made on a rolling basis until spots are filled.

For any technical questions, please check out the Acceptd Applicant Support Help Desk