FSC’s prestigious music programs have earned their great reputation by consistently emphasizing performance.
Here, you’ll study with artists whose firsthand experience on the stage shapes how they teach and what you’ll learn in the classroom. Along with individual lessons and classes in theory, you’ll participate in a variety of individual and group performance opportunities such as solo recitals and high-level ensembles.
Our artist-level faculty are active performers and conductors.
FSC’s music programs thrive on engagement. Here, you’ll join a community where students and faculty work closely together. Our intimate faculty-student ratio provide you with constant teacher interaction and advice. And because practice rooms are steps away from teaching studios, answers and assistance are just across the hall.
In chamber and large-scale ensemble experiences, you’ll learn to collaborate with other students, with musical coaches, and with conductors in the analysis, preparation, and performance of significant works of music.
Along with our Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Jazz Ensemble, we have additional performance opportunities through numerous small ensembles that include:
Through our Festival of Fine Arts, you will learn from our accomplished faculty and the world-class artists who perform with our students.
Our Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Concert Chorale, Women’s Chorale, and Chamber Singers have performed alongside André Watts, Sylvia McNair, Nat Adderley, Bobby McFerrin, Marvin Stamm, Carol Channing, and Beverly Wolff.
Through comprehensive studies and individual lessons in your applied music area, you’ll develop and apply advanced skills. You’ll also explore the structure of music and the historical context of musical genres with courses in theory, music history, and piano proficiency.
To take your studies deeper, throughout the year, we host guest artists who offer recitals and master classes to students.
We host numerous organizations on campus. These include:
We offer talent-based music scholarships for students intending to pursue a degree program in Music. These scholarships require an audition.
Ensemble scholarships are available by audition for non-majors participating in Mixed Chorale, Men’s Chorale, Women’s Chorale, Symphony Band, or Orchestra. Students may not hold more than one ensemble scholarship at any given time.
Other talent-based awards are available to current music majors by competitive auditions.
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Study with accomp-lished teachers who are also accomplished performers.
FSC’s music facilities include large teaching studios, ensemble rehearsal halls, and well-equipped practice areas.
Our location offers outstanding music venues and opportunities that include our Festival of Fine Arts, Lakeland’s Imperial Symphony’s annual concert series, as well as The Lakeland Choral Society, The Florida Orchestra (Tampa), Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, the Central Florida Bach Festival, Sarasota Opera, Polk Theatre (Lakeland). And many of these performances are free or at discounted admission for our students.
Our Roux Library houses numerous musical resources and gives you access to extensive digital databases, including the Naxos Music Library, the world’s largest online classical music library.
FSC’s Bachelor of Music in Performance prepares you for a career in professional music performance, for teaching music privately, and for continuing on to graduate school.
Music Theory: 16 hours
Music History: Eight hours
Conducting: Two hours
Six hours chosen from one of the tracks below:
Four additional hours of Music electives
Applied Lessons and Recitals: 22 hours (at least one hour required from MUS 3390 and one hour required from MUS 4490)
Ensemble: Eight hours total
At least five ensemble hours must be chosen from the following major ensembles:
Three additional hours must be chosen either from the major ensembles listed above or the chamber ensembles listed below:
Language Requirements: Eight hours To be fulfilled through the Modern Language Department's offerings (German, Italian or French preferred.)
Students majoring in other disciplines can learn the fundamental principles of music by earning a music minor. You must complete twenty course hours selected from music theory, music history, ensembles, and applied lessons. See the course catalog for details »
One to four hours. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Individual instruction in voice or instrument. All applied lessons include a required performance class lab that is required of all majors studying on their principal instruments, which meets an additional one-hour per week and does not carry additional credit. The performance classes provide opportunities for performance instruction, group recitals, group critiques, single-instrument or vocal ensembles, instruction in pedagogy, and other appropriate learning activities.
An accompanying fee of $35 per semester for applied music courses in strings, voice, brass and woodwinds will be assessed.
STRINGS (violin, viola, cello, bass)
MUS 1131-1132, 2231-2232, 3331-3332, 4431-4432
MUS 1133-1134, 2233-2234, 3333-3334, 4433-4434
KEYBOARD MUSICIANSHIP I, II, III, IV
WOODWINDS (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone)
MUS 1135-1136, 2235-2236, 3335-3336, 4435-4436
BRASS (trumpet, trombone, french horn, euphonium, tuba)
MUS 1137-1138, 2237-2238, 3337-3338, 4437-4438
MUS 1139-1140, 2239-2240, 3339-3340, 4439-4440
MUS 1143-1144, 2243-2244, 3343-3344, 4443-4444
MUS 1147-1148, 2247-2248, 3347-3348, 4447-4448
MUS 1197-1198, 2297-2298, 3397-3398, 4497-4498
Ungraded lab required of all music majors. There is no credit for this lab.
MUS 3390 JUNIOR RECITAL
Two to three hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. This course combines individual instruction in voice or instrument with the preparation for, and performance of, the Junior Recital. Requirements for the recital are determined by candidate’s major concentration area. An accompanying fee of $100 for strings, voice, and winds will be assessed during the semester(s) of enrollment in junior recital.
MUS 4490 SENIOR RECITAL
Two to four hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; and, for candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree, successful completion of the Junior Recital. This course combines individual instruction in voice or instrument with the preparation for, and performance of, the Senior Recital. Requirements for the recital are determined by candidate’s major concentration area. An accompanying fee of $100 for strings, voice, and winds will be assessed during the semester(s) of enrollment in senior recital.
For a complete list of MUS courses, see Music »
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