Degree Programs

The FAU Department of Music offers four undergraduate degrees across ten concentrations, a Master of Music degree with five concentrations, and a Commercial Music Business Minor.

Bachelor of Music: Commercial Music

 

Commercial Music Business

Florida Atlantic University’s Commercial Music program offers a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum to help students develop skills for a professional career in the music industry. The CM program offers three concentrations: Music Business, Composition, and Music Technology. All three concentrations are immersed in Hoot/Wisdom Records L.L.C., Florida Atlantic University’s official record label. Administered by the Commercial Music program, the label provides students with practical experience in the production, marketing, and distribution of sound recordings.

The Music Business concentration focuses on the business aspects of the music industry, including artist management, marketing, publishing, public relations, and other needed skills.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music Business concentration are also eligible to apply for a combined degree program, earning their B.M. in Commercial Music as well as a Masters of Nonprofit Management in only five years. This is a particularly valuable opportunity for students wishing to work with non-profit music organizations, such as symphony orchestras, opera companies, museums, and music festivals.

Commercial Music Business Curriculum

Commercial Music Composition

Florida Atlantic University’s Commercial Music program offers a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum to help students develop skills for a professional career in the music industry. The CM program offers three concentrations: Music Business, Composition, and Music Technology. All three concentrations are immersed in  Hoot/Wisdom Records L.L.C., Florida Atlantic University’s official record label. Administered by the Commercial Music program, the label provides students with practical experience in the production, marketing, and distribution of sound recordings.

The Commercial Music Composition concentration provides majors with skills and experience in composing, arranging, producing and recording music for a variety of applications, including film, television and digital media.

COMMERCIAL MUSIC COMPOSITION CURRICULUM

Commercial Music Technology

Florida Atlantic University’s Commercial Music program offers a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum to help students develop skills for a professional career in the music industry. The CM program offers three concentrations: Music Business, Composition, and Music Technology. All three concentrations are immersed in  Hoot/Wisdom Records L.L.C., Florida Atlantic University’s official record label. Administered by the Commercial Music program, the label provides students with practical experience in the production, marketing, and distribution of sound recordings.

The Music Technology concentration provides majors with skills and experience in audio recording, music production, live sound reinforcement, and audio post-production.

COMMERCIAL MUSIC TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM

 

Bachelor of Music Education

 

Choral Music Education

The purpose of the Music Education program at Florida Atlantic University is to provide every student learner within the degree program the best possible instruction. Students follow a plan of instruction based on current music research, societal trends, and the modern American educational landscape, with the goal to prepare music teachers to engage with learners of different cultures, ages and ability levels. FAU Music Education majors will be able to structure and manage a positive musical environment that encourages these varied populations to experience, achieve, and thus, come to value music-making as a life-time endeavor.  

FAU offers concentrations in Choral or Instrumental concentrations. Degree completers earn professional certification K-12, which is required for teaching in Florida's public schools. Please watch  FAU's future music teachers in action  as they engage in real-world instructional environments.  

CHORAL MUSIC EDUCATION CURRICULUM

Instrumental Music Education

FAU offers concentrations in Choral or Instrumental concentrations. Degree completers earn professional certification K-12, which is required for teaching in Florida's public schools. Please watch  FAU's future music teachers in action  as they engage in real-world instructional environments.  

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EDUCATION CURRICULUM

 

Bachelor of Music: Performance

 

Wind Performance

The Bachelor of Music: Wind Performance concentration is designed to prepare music majors for professional performance careers, private studio teaching, and/or the pursuit of further academic study. This degree program requires 120 credits.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music in Wind Performance program are also eligible to apply for a combined degree program, earning their B.M. in Performance as well as a  Masters of Nonprofit Management in only five years. This is a particularly valuable opportunity for students wishing to work with non-profit music organizations, such as symphony orchestras, opera companies, museums, and music festivals.

WIND PERFORMANCE CURRICULUM

Vocal Performance

The Bachelor of Music: Vocal Performance concentration is designed to prepare music majors for professional performance careers, private studio teaching, and/or the pursuit of further academic study. This degree program requires 120 credits.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance program are also eligible to apply for a combined degree program, earning their B.M. in Performance as well as a  Masters of Nonprofit Management in only five years. This is a particularly valuable opportunity for students wishing to work with non-profit music organizations, such as symphony orchestras, opera companies, museums, and music festivals.

VOCAL PERFORMANCE CURRICULUM

Piano Performance (Pedagogy)

The Bachelor of Music: Piano Performance (Pedagogy) concentration is designed to prepare music majors for professional performance careers, private studio teaching, and/or the pursuit of further academic study. This degree program also includes an emphasis in pedagogy, consisting of more than 12 credits in pedagogy and literature. This degree program requires 120 credits.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (Pedagogy) program are also eligible to apply for a combined degree program, earning their B.M. in Performance as well as a  Masters of Nonprofit Management in only five years. This is a particularly valuable opportunity for students wishing to work with non-profit music organizations, such as symphony orchestras, opera companies, museums, and music festivals.

PIANO PERFORMANCE (PEDAGOGY) CURRICULUM

Piano Performance (Pedagogy)

The Bachelor of Music: String Performance concentration is designed to prepare music majors for professional performance careers, private studio teaching, and/or the pursuit of further academic study. This degree program requires 120 credits.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music in String Performance program are also eligible to apply for a combined degree program, earning their B.M. in Performance as well as a  Masters of Nonprofit Management in only five years. This is a particularly valuable opportunity for students wishing to work with non-profit music organizations, such as symphony orchestras, opera companies, museums, and music festivals.

STRING PERFORMANCE CURRICULUM

 

Bachelor of Arts in Music

 

B.A. in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a degree that balances a general study of music with elective coursework in the liberal arts and humanities, providing a well-rounded liberal-arts-based educational experience for students wishing to pursue a variety of academic interests. This makes the B.A. in Music an excellent program for students wishing to  double major. However, students in the B.A. in Music are not eligible to enroll in the Commercial Music minor or to double major in degree programs from the College of Education. This degree program requires 120 credits. Students must complete the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters B.A. foreign language requirement.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Music program are also eligible to apply for a combined degree program, earning their B.A. in Music as well as a Masters of Nonprofit Management in only five years. This is a particularly valuable opportunity for students wishing to work with non-profit music organizations, such as symphony orchestras, opera companies, museums, and music festivals.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC CURRICULUM

 

Master of Music

 

Commercial Music

There are two concentrations available for the Master of Music (M.M.) majors: Commercial Music and Performance. The MM is designed to assist students in attaining an advanced level of competence and knowledge in instrumental or vocal performance, choral or wind conducting, music composition, or commercial music composition, as specified by their chosen concentration. The department offers performance and teacher training in standard class instruction, applied studio instruction (private lessons), performance ensembles, and chamber music coaching.

The Commercial Music concentration instructs graduate students in advanced composition, arranging, and music production for film, television, and digital media.

Commercial Music Admission Portfolio Requirements

For more information on applying for the Master of Music degree, please click  here.

COMMERCIAL MUSIC CURRICULUM

Performance: Composition

There are two concentrations available for the Master of Music (M.M.) majors: Commercial Music and Performance. The MM is designed to assist students in attaining an advanced level of competence and knowledge in instrumental or vocal performance, choral or wind conducting, music composition, or commercial music composition, as specified by their chosen concentration. The department offers performance and teacher training in standard class instruction, applied studio instruction (private lessons), performance ensembles, and chamber music coaching.

The Performance concentration prepares Music students for professional careers as soloists, conductors, private studio teachers, composers, and/or for the pursuit of further academic study in the listed options below.

Composition Admission Portfolio Requirements

For more information on applying for the Master of Music degree, please click  here.

COMPOSITION CURRICULUM

Performance: Instrumental or Vocal

There are two concentrations available for the Master of Music (M.M.) majors: Commercial Music and Performance. The MM is designed to assist students in attaining an advanced level of competence and knowledge in instrumental or vocal performance, choral or wind conducting, music composition, or commercial music composition, as specified by their chosen concentration. The department offers performance and teacher training in standard class instruction, applied studio instruction (private lessons), performance ensembles, and chamber music coaching.

The Performance concentration prepares Music students for professional careers as soloists, conductors, private studio teachers, composers, and/or for the pursuit of further academic study in the listed options below.

Audition Requirements

For more information on applying for the Master of Music degree, please click  here.

INSTRUMENTAL OR VOCAL PERFORMANCE CURRICULUM

Performance: Choral Conducting

There are two concentrations available for the Master of Music (M.M.) majors: Commercial Music and Performance. The MM is designed to assist students in attaining an advanced level of competence and knowledge in instrumental or vocal performance, choral or wind conducting, music composition, or commercial music composition, as specified by their chosen concentration. The department offers performance and teacher training in standard class instruction, applied studio instruction (private lessons), performance ensembles, and chamber music coaching.

The Performance concentration prepares Music students for professional careers as soloists, conductors, private studio teachers, composers, and/or for the pursuit of further academic study in the listed options below.

Choral Conducting Audition Requirements

For more information on applying for the Master of Music degree, please click  here.

CHORAL CONDUCTING CURRICULUM

Performance: Wind Conducting

There are two concentrations available for the Master of Music (M.M.) majors: Commercial Music and Performance. The MM is designed to assist students in attaining an advanced level of competence and knowledge in instrumental or vocal performance, choral or wind conducting, music composition, or commercial music composition, as specified by their chosen concentration. The department offers performance and teacher training in standard class instruction, applied studio instruction (private lessons), performance ensembles, and chamber music coaching.

The Performance concentration prepares Music students for professional careers as soloists, conductors, private studio teachers, composers, and/or for the pursuit of further academic study in the listed options below.

Wind Conducting Audition Requirements

For more information on applying for the Master of Music degree, please click  here.

WIND CONDUCTING CURRICULUM

 

Commercial Music Minor

 

Commercial Music Minor

Students outside of FAU Music may complete a 15-credit Commercial Music Minor, with no audition. The CM Minor includes an array of music business courses for students interested in the music industry.

COMMERCIAL MUSIC MINOR CURRICULUM

 

Transfer Student Information

Transfer students planning to attend FAU with an Associate of Arts degree may prepare for entry by completing the courses included in the following curricular charts: