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Andrew Morales

Andrew Morales



261 Fine Arts

Joined Northwest in 2017

Adjunct Professor


  • D.M.A; University of Arizona, all but dissertation
  • M.M; University of Central Arkansas, 2013
  • B.M; Missouri State University, 2011

Courses Taught

  • Applied Percussion

Academic Interests

  • Advanced percussion pedagogy
  • Hybrid musical styles in contemporary solo percussion music
  • Traditional Shona mbira music
  • Traditional Irish session music
  • Traditional and contemporary steel pan music

Scholarly Activity

Published Works

  • Being the Sabbatical Replacement: 8 Tips for Success; Percussive Notes
  • New Music, New York: Paul Pinto and Iktus Percussion; Percussive Notes
  • 17 Ways University Percussionists Can Save Money; Rhythm! Scene

Doctoral Document

  • Hybrid Musical Styles: An Analysis and Performance Guide for Three Commissioned Works for Percussion Soloist

Other Professional Experiences

  • Substitute percussionist – Springfield Symphony Orchestra
  • Substitute percussionist – Saint Joseph Symphony Orchestra
  • Three-time performer at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention
  • Artist-in-Residence at Missouri State University (2015)
  • Founding member of the Chipo Mbira Ensemble, University of Arizona


Andrew Morales currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Northwest Missouri State University. He teaches undergraduate lessons and is a regular performer with the Saint Joseph and Springfield Symphonies. In addition to this, Drew is a doctoral candidate in performance at the University of Arizona with a minor in Ethnomusicology. He was fortunate to perform with the UA Crosstalk Electronic Ensemble at PASIC in 2015. He will perform again this year as a soloist.

Drew received a Bachelor’s degree in performance from Missouri State University. While in Springfield, he instructed and arranged for the MSU drumline and was a regular performer with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Recently, in the spring of 2015, he had the honor of being appointed Visiting Artist of Percussion at MSU.

He also holds a Master’s degree in performance from the University of Central Arkansas where he instructed and arranged for the UCA drumline. He served as Principal Timpanist/Percussionist with the Conway Symphony, as well as the UCA Wind Ensemble. While at UCA, Drew was featured on Blake Tyson’s album, Firefish and performed with Blake at his PASIC clinic in 2012. After finishing the degree, he served as an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Longview Community College in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, where he was also the Principal Percussionist of the Lee’s Summit Symphony.

Drew serves on the University Committee of the Percussive Arts Society for which he is also liaison to the New Music/Research Committee and the Keyboard Committee. His former teachers include Norman Weinberg, Blake Tyson, Scott Cameron, and Rosa Adams-Bussard.

Drew is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Remo, and Black Swamp Percussion.