Admissions

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Thank you for visiting the School of Music at Florida International University!

We offer students the opportunity to study and perform the world’s greatest music with distinguished artist/faculty in one of the finest concert venues in the region. We are a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music and offer a conservatory-style education in the atmosphere of a Research I university. The comprehensive curriculum is designed to train complete musicians and prepare them for the challenges of a 21st century career.

With graduate and undergraduate degrees in Performance, Composition, Music Education, Music Business, and Music Technology, the School of Music offers a variety of choices for the prospective student. Our student population is dynamic and culturally diverse.

In our School, what you learn inside and outside the classroom empowers you to think, create and act differently. Our talented students become extraordinary musicians, teachers, scholars, and entrepreneurs by developing their minds, their talents and their vision. As an incoming undergraduate or graduate music student, you’ll find the atmosphere abounds with creativity, innovation and inspiration. Our emphasis is on making the most of who you are and what you want to become. Your individual exploration and educational needs are our primary concern.

Located in Miami, a vital global center for art, design and culture, our program takes full advantage of its amazing setting.


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1. Complete the 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 login.


Upcoming audition dates include:

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

More Audition Information Here


3. Complete additional requirements – The B.A. in Music with a concentration in Music Business and many Masters programs (the MS in Music Education, the MM programs in Composition, Music Technology, and Music Business) require submitting writing samples, videos, and/or portfolios via GetAcceptd. Consult specific program listings for applicable requirements in your area of interest.


While not required, we would like to invite you to tour our excellent facilities, meet faculty, and observe classes. Please call the School of Music Advising Office at 305.348.2442 to schedule an appointment.

Should you have any questions applying to the FIU School of Music, please contact the FIU School of Music office at 305-348-2896 or email us at music@fiu.edu.

 

Step 3: Complete your FIU School of Music audition

Be certain to review the Audition Requirements for your instrument:

Choral Studies

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Choral students at FIU are offered a dynamic curriculum that includes private instruction from an outstanding artist faculty with national and international reputations. The members of the FIU voice faculty have performed with major opera companies and orchestras from around the world. They bring their profound artistry, professional experience, and creative teaching abilities to the FIU student body. In addition to regular performances with FIU ensembles, the voice faculty also remains active in the professional field, representing FIU in solo performances and master classes around the world. The School of Music’s Guest Artist and Artist-in-Residence programs bring FIU voice students into contact with an extensive array of prominent performing artists and composers each year.

Guitar Studies

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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 Forum provides 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 theChamber 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.

Jazz Studies
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FIU Studio Jazz Big Band, conductor James Hacker, and vocalist Wendy Pedersen performing at South Motors Jazz Series at Pinecrest Gardens

 

American Jazz is a reflection of America’s history. As American culture evolves, people from all over the world come here, carrying with them their musical traditions, styles, instruments, and the cultural and spiritual expression within their music. At FIU we have a student body comprised of young people from diverse cultures – North America, the Caribbean, and South and Central America in particular.

One of our main goals is to nurture these young musicians ability to express themselves through music, incorporating their ethnic and cultural traditions within the creative framework of American Jazz. While instilling a high level of proficiency within the existing American Jazz idiom, our emphasis on self-expression and experimentation fuels innovation and originality in instrumental performance, composition, and improvisation. This process is the essence of American Jazz.

FIU Jazz Ensembles perform on-campus concerts and events, as well as jazz festivals and clubs. Guest artists such as Adam Nussbaum, Ingrid Jensen, Jim Snidero, Paquito D’Rivera, Johnathan Blake, Marco Marcinco, John Fedchock, Randy Brecker, and others are often featured in concerts, as well as workshops and clinics.

Keyboard Studies – Organ

Organ Performance

The Bachelor and Master of Music programs in Organ Performance provide students with multiple opportunities to acquire a varied repertoire representing the major stylistic periods in an effort to prepare them for the exigencies of the professional field, including the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Organ Certification. Performance opportunities include participation in large ensembles (Symphony Orchestra, Choirs, Collegium) and chamber music. Regular recitals given by members of the American Guild of Organists and guest performers enable students to participate in master classes throughout the year.

 

Sydell Ida Wertheim Organ

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The Sydell Ida Wertheim Organ is the spotlight of the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center. The prestigious 125 year old Schantz Organ Company took nearly a year to build the 26-ton organ that is the largest in Miami-Dade County and one of the most technologically advanced in the country. This magnificent instrument features a solid-oak console with four manual keyboards and a pedal clavier that controls its 4,255 pipes. It provides a wonderful tool for aspiring organists and unparalled performance opportunities for seasoned virtuosi.

Just as the performing arts center was made possible through the generosity of Herbert and Nicole Wertheim, so has their kindness made FIU the recipient of this exceptional instrument. In gratitude, the university dedicated the concert organ to the memory of Dr. Herbert Wertheim’s mother, Sydell Ida Wertheim, who passed away in 1997.

 

To read the biography of Dr. Herbert Wertheim, click here.

Keyboard Studies – Piano

 

The Bachelor and Master of Music programs in Piano Performance are designed to develop the necessary multifaceted skills demanded by today’s music profession. Versatility is achieved through the exploration of a varied solo-concerto repertoire encompassing major–as well as less known–works from the four major stylistic periods and the cultivation of an active collaborative experience through accompanying and multiple ensemble participation (Choir, Chamber Music, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, Piano Ensemble, Collegium and New Music Ensemble). An integral component of the program is the commitment to provide students with various performance opportunities in theme-oriented programs offered at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall and at different venues throughout the South Florida area as community outreach activities. Off-campus venues have included the Miami Art Museum (MAM), the Bass Museum in Miami Beach, the Coral Gables Museum, the Kossuth Hungarian Center, and the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus among others. FIU possesses two Steinway Model D concert pianos in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Concert Hall.

South Florida Chapter of the American Liszt Society

The FIU School of Music is one of 16 institutions in the US that host a chapter of the American Liszt Society. Performance opportunities include the annual concerts of the Liszt Festival held in October as well as numerous recitals and master classes given by guests, including Liszt chapter presidents from around the US. For more information, click here.


Recitalists and Master Classes
Recent guests have included Dr. William Wellborn (San Francisco chapter), Dr. Nancy Roldán (Baltimore chapter), Gwendolyn Mok (San Jose State), Ksenia Nosikova (University of Iowa), Dr. Svetozar Ivanov (University of South Florida), Gabriel Dobner (James Madison University), Dr. Janet Landreth (Colorado State University) and musicologist Dr. Jonathan Kregor (Cincinnati). Past guests have included Leon Fleisher, Murray Perahia, Magdalena Baczewska, Dr. Paul Barnes (Nebraska Liszt chapter) and harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper (Manhattan School of Music).

String Studies

 

Vocal Studies

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Voice students at FIU are offered a dynamic curriculum that includes private instruction from an outstanding artist faculty with national and international reputations. The members of the FIU voice faculty have performed with major opera companies and orchestras from around the world. They bring their profound artistry, professional experience, and creative teaching abilities to the FIU student body. In addition to regular performances with FIU ensembles, the voice faculty also remains active in the professional field, representing FIU in solo performances and master classes around the world. The School of Music’s Guest Artist and Artist-in-Residence programs bring FIU voice students into contact with an extensive array of prominent performing artists and composers each year.

Wind & Percussion Studies

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Wind and percussion students are offered a dynamic curriculum that includes studying with an outstanding artist faculty, renowned for their work as award-winning soloists and as principal players in the regional orchestras of South Florida and other areas. Their professional experience and creative teaching styles are well-respected internationally as well. In addition, guest artists and artist-in-residence programs continually bring to our campus an extensive array of significant musicians into contact with our music students. The curriculum places emphasis on solo performance, chamber music, and large ensemble performance. Scholarships, including out-of-state tuition waivers, are available.

Music Composition

The FIU Music Composition 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 a strong emphasis in 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. A strong emphasis on musicianship including the performance and conducting of a student’s own works further enhances the young composer’s development as a competent musician. Numerous performance opportunities of students’ works by excellent performers and ensembles as well as hands on experience in the use of new technologies including MIDI, computer music, 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 music composition program at FIU prepares students for either continued graduate studies in composition or as skillful composers continuing in a variety of other venues.

Music Business

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Welcome to Music Business Studies

The FIU Music Business program prepares undergraduate students to be leaders in the dynamic, global music industry of commercial and classical music. Defined by a cross-disciplinary curriculum, the program combines your artistic and music creative ability with that of the general music industry, while providing the opportunity to obtain business courses and leadership and managerial skills.

Students are expected to be highly motivated and prepared to take advantage of the many resources the University and School of Music have to offer. The program is structured to have academic courses, music practicums, and internships. The curriculum promotes critical thinking, and prepares global leaders and versatile music business administrators.

Students in the music business curriculum learn the skills necessary to work in the fast paced music industry of the 21st century. The Department’s acclaimed faculty, College of Business acclaimed faculty, state-of-the-art facility, and internship opportunities provide the music business student with a well-rounded education with insight into the music industry from a unique global music and business perspective.

Music Technology
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Scott Hall, in foreground, plays the monobaribasitar accompanied by FIU Music Technology Director Jacob Sudol and a teaching assistant use transducers, creating a surreal musical performance. Photo courtesy of FIU News.

 

Over the last 20 years, there has been an increased need in the computer and electronic music industries and in the arts and technology communities for the acquisition of knowledge and techniques from a number of disciplines. The discipline of music technology is not new. Many names have been applied to the field–electronic and computer music, electro-acoustic music, digital media arts, multimedia, and intermedia to name but a few. However, with the arrival of inexpensive, personal computer hardware and software, the field has garnered much attention in recent years.

The Music Technology program at FIU focuses on the research and creative based applications of these technologies. This includes the development of new software; exploring new interfaces for music technology such as designing digital instruments, microphones, and speakers, or hacking pre-existing hardware; as well as writing compositions or developing creative projects that incorporate new technologies, video, sound art, and/or interactive systems.

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Good luck on your journey! We look forward to meeting you!

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