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BM in Instrumental Performance

The Guitar Program at FIU offers aspiring students a wide range of opportunities to develop the skills necessary to become high-level professional musicians. In addition to weekly private lessons, students participate in the guitar orchestra, perform in regular guitar forums, attend the guitar literature class, and work with guest artists in masterclasses.

 

The Guitar forums provide students with the opportunity to perform newly learned solo and chamber repertoire, and also broaches various topics, such as technique, interpretation, practice methods, memorization, amplification, recording, competitions, and career planning. The FIU Miami Guitar Orchestra (FIUMGO) aims to help guitarists develop ensemble skills, improve reading skills, as well provide experience working with a conductor, and perform a wide range of repertoire both on-campus and off-campus.

 

The Guitar Literature Class is a study of the history and literature of the guitar, covering time periods beginning with the Renaissance all the way into to modern times. The class focuses on topics such as  historical performance practices, significant guitar composers and their contributions to the art of the instrument, and teaches the techniques for how to transcribe music from French, Italian, and German tablatures into modern notation.

 

Besides the FIU Miami Guitar Orchestra (FIUMGO)  and regular guitar studies students, students can also perform with other instruments in the Chamber Music Ensembles and New Music Ensemble. There are also opportunities to study and perform with the Collegium Musicum on replicas of historical instruments, including Renaissance and Baroque lute, theorbo, and viola da gamba, courtesy of the Collegium’s instrument collection, the finest and most extensive in all of South Florida.

 

During their studies, the undergraduate instrumental performance majors prepare two recitals at the junior and senior level. The graduate students present two 60-minute recitals and write extended program notes for the second recital. In addition to masterclasses and concerts with guest artists, the FIU School of Music has been hosting various festivals regularly, such as Miami International GuitART Festival and New Music Miami ISCM Festival.

 

Admissions & Auditions:

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1. Complete FIU application – Applicants who do not complete FIU’s online university application cannot be fully reviewed for admission by the School of Music, nor can they be considered for music scholarships or graduate assistantships. Click here to visit FIU Admissions. 

 

2. Complete your GetAcceptd application – Completing the GetAcceptd submission and pre-screening process is essential and required of all students applying to FIU’s School of Music. If you pass the pre-screening you will be invited to a live audition. Live audition dates are listed below. In the application you will be asked to select your preferred live audition date. Applicants who wish to be considered for University merit-based scholarships must attend the November 5th audition date. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered. Your materials must be submitted through GetAcceptd at least 72 hours prior to your preferred live audition date. Click here to submit your materials via GetAcceptd.

 

Materials to submit via GetAcceptd-

  1. All guitar performance candidates must submit a video (3-5 minutes) to GetAccepted. Video should address the following issues:
  2. Provide your background in music and guitar (when, how long, what kind of guitar(s), what musical style(s) you studied and played).
  3. Tell us examples of repertoire you have worked on.
  4. Play short pieces or exercises you feel most comfortable. Your performance doesn’t have to be prepared perfectly, it will only serve to demonstrate your playing style. If you have a video of your performance available on the internet, you might provide a link to this video, instead.
  5. For the live auditions, applicants should be prepared to perform two compositions in contrasting styles, from memory. Major and minor scales and basic arpeggios may be requested.

 

Auditions are held at 9:00am in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) by appointment or on the following days:

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Saturday, March 4, 2017

 

Theory Placement

All entering undergraduates must take a theory placement test.  At the very least, they must take a Music Fundamentals test.  Entering freshmen that have taken high school theory and transfer students who have previously taken college-level theory can try one of the upper-level tests to place out of one or more courses from the theory and sight-singing sequences. The theory placement tests may be taken either on one of our audition days or on the Thursday before the first week of classes in both Fall and Spring. For further information regarding theory placement tests, please visit the Theory Information webpage.

MM in Instrumental Performance

The Guitar Program at FIU offers aspired students a wide range of opportunities to develop necessary skills on their way to become high-level professional musicians. In addition to weekly private lessons, students participate in the guitar orchestra, perform in regular guitar forums, attend in the guitar literature class, and work with guest artists in masterclasses.

 

The Guitar Forums provides students an opportunity to perform newly learned solo and chamber music, as well as lectures in various topics, such as technique, interpretation, practice methods, memorization, amplification, recording, competitions, and career planning. The FIU Miami Guitar Orchestra (FIUMGO) aims to help guitarists develop ensemble skills, improve reading skills, experience working with a conductor, and perform a wide range of repertoire within a large group in the on-campus and off-campus concert venues.

 

The Guitar Literature class is designed as a study of the history and literature for the guitar from the Renaissance to modern times, helping students learn concepts and techniques for transcribing music from French, Italian, and German tablatures into modern notation, historical performance practices, significant guitar composers and their contributions to the art of the instrument, which are studied through books, handouts, recordings, and class discussions.

 

Besides the FIU Miami Guitar Orchestra (FIUMGO) and regular guitar studies, students can also perform with other instruments in the Chamber Music Ensembles and New Music Ensemble, and have an opportunity to study and perform with the Collegium Musicum on replicas of historical instruments, including Renaissance and Baroque lute, theorbo, and viola da gamba, courtesy of the Collegium’s instrument collection, the finest and most extensive in all of South Florida. During their studies, the graduate students present two 60-minute recitals and write extended program notes for the second recital.

In addition to masterclasses and concerts with guest artists, the FIU School of Music has been hosting various festivals regularly, such as Miami International GuitART Festival and New Music Miami Festival.

 

Admission Requirements

HOW TO GET STARTED NOW-

1. Complete FIU application – Applicants who do not complete FIU’s online university application cannot be fully reviewed for admission by the School of Music, nor can they be considered for music scholarships or graduate assistantships. Click here to visit FIU  Graduate Admissions.  All students seeking admission to the School of Music must audition on an instrument/voice, including freshmen and transfer students. This includes prospective majors and minors in music. We urge you to apply and audition as early as possible so that you can be considered for a scholarship or receive financial assistance.

 

2. Complete your GetAcceptd application 

Please upload the following via GetAcceptd:

  • Upload your biography with detailed background in music and guitar: when, where, how long, what kind of guitar(s), what musical style(s), with what teachers you studied, as well as your work experience, awards (if any), and a chronological list of concerts and festivals in which you have performed.
  • Upload a list of repertoire you have worked on, also indicating the works you have performed in concerts (solo and ensemble).
  • Upload a video(s) of your playing (either from a live concert performance or studio/home recording). If you have a video of your performance available on the internet, you might provide a link to this video, instead.

 

Live auditions are held either by appointment with the Area Coordinator Mesut Özgen or in one of the general audition days listed below at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC). There will also be theory and history placement tests during the general audition days listed below.

 

Auditions are held at 9:00am in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) by appointment or on the following days:

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Saturday, March 4, 2017

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Mesut Özgen

Program Coordinator of Guitar Studies & Director of the FIU Miami Guitar Orchestra

Tel: 305-348-7646

Email: mozgen@fiu.edu

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