alented and technically accomplished instrumentalists who aspire to a career in performance should consider this program. Graduates may reach goals as symphony musicians, private teacher, concert soloists, or band and orchestra conductors. Many go on to graduate school for further preparation.
Each student concentrates on developing performance skills on a selected brass, percussion, string, or woodwind instrument with assistance from faculty who have proven themselves as teachers and performing musicians. The curriculum emphasizes improvement, tone, musicianship, and technical mastery of the instrument. Students also study music theory, music history and literature, and develop expertise in contemporary literature and chamber music performance. Studies in orchestral literature and teaching methods are also part of the curriculum. All undergraduate instrumental performance majors also study piano. During their last semester, students present a public recital, culminating their years of training at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music.
Students majoring in
percussion also study percussion repertoire and percussion instrument maintenance.
Facility on mallet keyboard instruments is required. As a sophomore, percussion majors
play one shared recital, and during their last semester they present a public recital.
Performing ensembles are an important aspect of musical study in the Frost School of Music. Undergraduate majors must participate in two ensembles each semester. The instrumental ensembles include the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Brass and Woodwind Ensembles, Percussion Ensembles, Marimba Ensembles, String Chamber Ensembles, and Guitar Ensembles. The Bergonzi String Quartet, in residence, provides a model of excellence in performance and the teaching of chamber music.
Greater Miami's metropolitan area is home to the Florida Philharmonic, the New World
Symphony, the Miami Ballet, the Florida Grand Opera, and other professional ensembles. The
area offers students numerous symphony orchestra, opera orchestra, chamber ensemble, and
solo performance opportunities.
he Master of Music degree is Instrumental Performance is available in all orchestral instruments including brass, percussion, string, woodwinds, guitar, and harp as well as Instrumental Conducting.
Study with artist teachers is enhanced by a range of ensemble experiences. Supporting
academic study enriches the performance experience which culminates with a final recital
and a recital research paper.
Students have numerous opportunities to gain experience through working with the School's various ensembles. To complete their degrees, conducting majors are required to perform a recital and submit a recital paper which demonstrates their skill in dealing with literature of five historical periods.
The Doctor of Musical Arts degree, offered in Instrumental Performance of Instrumental
Conducting, culminates with a defense of the doctoral essay.
The Advanced Diploma in Performance is also offered to highly qualified international students wishing to concentrate solely on music performance study.
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