1.Graduation from an accredited secondary school or the successful completion of the GED. 2.Completion of 18 academic units in a college preparatory curriculum. The following distribution of the 18 units is required: • Four units of English (three units must include a substantial writing component) • Four units of mathematics (Algebra I or higher) • Three units of natural science (two with laboratories) • Three units of social sciences • Two units of the same foreign language • Two units of academic electives 3.For Florida High School Graduates, Florida International University honors both the new three-year 18-credit standard college preparatory program and the traditional four-year 24- credit standard program.4.Submit official Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) or American College Test (ACT) scores.
Choral Composition Jazz Keyboard Music Education Music History Music Technology Music Theory Orchestral Strings Vocal Wind Ensemble
CHORAL STUDIES 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 Musics 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.
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 individuals personal compositional craft and approach. A strong emphasis on musicianship including the performance and conducting of a students own works further enhances the young composers 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.
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.
Piano Performance 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. The interaction with visiting artists (recent guests include Leon Fleisher, Murray Perahia, harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, Magdalena Baczewska and others) in master classes further enhances the students’ musical enrichment. FIU possesses a Steinway Model D concert grand, a generous donation of Dr. Herbert Wertheim.
The Study of Music. Theory and Sight Singing I and III are offered every fall semester. Theory and Sight Singing II and IV are offered every spring semester. Fundamentals of Music is offered every Summer A as an on-line course. It is strongly recommended that prospective School of Music students study the fundamentals of music theory prior to entering FIU so that they may immediately place into Theory I. Many schools (e.g., the Eastman School of Music) offer inexpensive, non-credit on-line fundamentals courses. FIU’s Fundamentals course confers actual college credit. The minimum grade that must be earned in a theory/sight-singing course in order to progress to the next level is C. For composition majors, or prospective composition majors, the minimum is B. Sight-singing courses have two components: sight singing and dictation. You must earn a minimum of C (B for composition majors) in BOTH components of a sight-singing course in order to pass it successfully.
The string program at FIU is designed to train the leading performers and educators of tomorrow. Through studies with the School of Musics distinguished artist-faculty, students perform a broad repertory of solo, chamber, and orchestral literature. The School of Music features a thriving chamber music program, directed by the Amernet String Quartet, which affords students an array of performance opportunities both on and off campus. Additionally, frequent master classes and workshops given by visiting artists are an integral part of the program. Graduates of the string program at FIU have gone on to careers as internationally recognized and award-winning chamber musicians, orchestral players, soloists, and teachers. The FIU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Grzegorz Nowak of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, gives many performances spanning baroque though contemporary repertoire, featuring guest artists and students as soloists. These concerts resound in the splendid acoustics of the Wertheim Concert Hall.
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 Musics 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 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.
Jazz Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Classical Guitar Ensembles Classical Guitar Ensembles New Music Ensemble Wind Studies and Chamber Music University Brass Choir Marching Band Flute choir The NODUS Ensemble Amernet String Quartet
For most if not all courses of music, you must be a student of F.I.U in order to audition for any music classes.
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