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BM in Composition

The FIU Music Composition Undergraduate Program is designed to give students a strong background in the techniques and languages of a variety of musical styles ranging from common practice music to the most experimental contemporary approaches. Combining writing with analysis, the program is designed to produce composers who are proficient in a variety of musical languages while at the same time allowing for the evolution of an individual’s personal compositional craft and approach. An emphasis on musicianship, including the performance and conducting of a student’s works, further enhances the student composer’s development as a competent musician.

Numerous performance opportunities of students’ music by excellent performers and ensembles as well as hands on experience in the use of new technologies including computer music, film scoring, video, and interactive and notational software are an integral part of the curriculum. Many of our graduates have continued studies at other prestigious schools in the US and abroad and have been the recipients of ASCAP and BMI Student Composition awards and other important prizes. The four-year music composition program at FIU prepares students for either continued graduate studies in composition or skillful composers continuing in a variety of related occupations.

Click here to view the Composition Undergraduate Handbook.


Admissions & Audition Information

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 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 – 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 pre-audition materials and select a live audition date.

 

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

 

Submit the following for your GetAcceptd Pre-Screening:

  • Make clear the student’s interest in composition as a major and what the student expects to gain from their studies at FIU in this area.
  • Demonstrate the student’s craft and depth of compositional knowledge
  • All Music Composition candidates must submit a portfolio of their works to GetAcceptd consisting of sound files and/or videos Works can be for acoustic, electronic, mixed, and with or without videos and generally 3 to 4 works should be submitted. In addition a PDF or word doc outlining the student’s interest and future goals as a composer should be included. The portfolio should include works for a variety of instruments/voices and sizes of ensembles (solo, chamber, etc.).

 

All Music Composition candidates must also audition in their applied instrument (voice, strings, winds, etc).  Please follow the protocol and submit the necessary information using GetAcceptd. Although in-person auditions are preferred, in cases where geographic distance makes a live audition impossible, an audition tape or electronic submission (MP3 file, audio file) may be submitted at the discretion of the area coordinator through the Get Accepted website.

 

While your portfolio will serve as your Music Composition Interview, the Area Coordinator reserves the right to request further information or to meet in person during an audition date. Please note that all students must be admissible to the university as well as the School of Music.

Theory Placement

All entering undergraduates must take a theory placement test. At the very least, they must take a Music Fundamentals test. Entering Freshman must place into Theory I and Sight Singing I in order to be accepted into the Music Composition program. 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 Composition

The M.M. in Composition at Florida International University is designed to assist students with the development of their own individual voices as composers while helping them to continue to develop their craft. Numerous performance opportunities of student work by excellent performers and ensembles as well as hands on experience in the use of new technologies including computer music, film scoring, video, and interactive and notational software are an integral part of the curriculum. Many of our graduates have continued studies at other prestigious schools and have been the recipients of ASCAP and BMI Student Composition awards. The two-year MM in composition prepares composers for either continued graduate studies or as skillful composers continuing in a variety of other related occupations.

Click here to view the Graduate Composition Handbook.


Admission Requirements

1. All students must complete a formal application to Florida International University. To complete the FIU online application click here.

2. Complete the application on Acceptd and upload the following materials.

  • Submit a portfolio of your works consisting of sound files and/or videos. Works can be for acoustic, electronic, mixed, and with or without videos and generally 3 to 4 works should be submitted.
  • Submit a PDF or word doc outlining the student’s interest and future goals as a composer should be included.

The portfolio should:

  • Demonstrate the student’s craft and depth of compositional knowledge exhibiting an awareness of contemporary aesthetics and techniques.
  • Include works for a variety of instruments/voices and sizes of ensembles (solo, chamber, etc.).
  • Make clear the student’s interest in composition as a major and what the student expects to gain from their studies at FIU in this area.

While your portfolio will serve as your Music Composition Interview, the Area Coordinator reserves the right to request further information or to meet in person during an audition date. Please note that all students must be admissible to the university and should have an undergraduate degree in Music or the equivalent.

 

Please Note: In the application you will be asked to select your preferred live audition date. (Dates are listed below). Please be sure to submit your materials at least 72 hours prior to your preferred live audition date.

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

 

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Orlando Jacinto Garcia

Program Coordinator of Music Composition

Tel: 305.535.2617

Email: garciao@fiu.edu

Office Location: College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios, Room 439