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Music Schools in Florida with Degree Program Summaries

Research music programs in Florida, which currently has 30 colleges and universities offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, tuition info and program options for the ten largest schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

In Florida, college students can earn an associate, a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in music. Degree program minors and specialized graduate certificates are also available. Some programs prepare graduates for teaching and performing careers, while others are designed to allow students to explore music along with their other studies. Students can also focus on music history and literature, music theory, music therapy, music business or commercial music. Music majors can gain hands-on skills by participating in on-campus recording studios and music labs or joining performance ensembles. This article covers music programs at Florida's ten largest colleges and universities.


Florida Atlantic University

The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredits the music department at Boca Raton's Florida Atlantic University. While earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education, individuals study choral conducting, percussion pedagogy, voice techniques and applied learning theory. Performance concentration students within the music major can participate in chamber and large ensembles. Students can also major in music business or commercial music. Graduate students can enroll in an M.A. degree program and concentrate in music history and literature, performance or commercial music.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts,
    Bachelor of Music,
    Master of Arts in Music,
    Master of Science in Music Business Administration
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $4,789 (in-state); $17,234 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; small city

Florida International University

Florida International University in Miami offers a variety of bachelor's and master's degree programs in music, including music technology, music history, music education and music theory, along with performance programs in choral, jazz, keyboard, wind and orchestral strings. The keyboard program instructs students on piano performance, organ performance and the Wertheim organ. While earning their undergraduate music education degrees, students maintain electronic portfolios and participate in music education labs. The Master of Arts in Music Education can be taken on campus or online and includes a directed research project.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Music,
    Bachelor of Arts,
    Master of Music,
    Master of Science in Music Education
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,417 (in-state); $18,816 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large suburb

Florida State University

Tallahassee is home to Florida State University, which has the third-largest music program in higher education in the country. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the university's College of Music 12th in the nation and 5th among public universities. Bachelor's degree programs are available in a wide variety of areas, including performance, music education, jazz, music theory, sacred music and music therapy. Graduate students can choose from Master of Arts in Music, Master of Music and Master of Music Education programs with both thesis and non-thesis options. The M.M. degree can be taken in opera production, jazz studies, piano, strings or voice, to name a few areas. Specialized studies at the graduate level, such as piano pedagogy and early music, are also available.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Music,
    Bachelor of Music,
    Master of Arts in Music,
    Master of Music,
    Doctor of Music
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,402 (in-state); $21,570 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

Miami Dade College

Students at this Miami-based community college can earn an associate degree in music, music education or music business. Music business students can concentrate on business management, creative performance or creative production and gain hands-on experience in the college's various cutting-edge studios and labs. Courses are also available in music history, sight singing, music appreciation and other areas, and students can take private or group lessons in a variety of instruments. Individuals interested in performing can join the college's African drumming ensemble, the gospel ensemble, an opera workshop and other groups.

  • Programs Offered: Associate in Arts in Music,
    Associate in Arts in Music Education,
    Associate in Science in Music Business
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,366 (in-state); $11,895 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, primarily associate's, public; large city

Nova Southeastern University

Music majors at this private university in Fort Lauderdale take classes in ear training, musicology, piano, conducting and sight-reading and choose an instrument to study. Elective courses range from music production and American popular music to guitar and music pedagogy; students can also undertake an internship or independent study. Students can also minor in music, allowing them the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, play in ensembles and study an instrument.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Music,
    Music Minor
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $24,414*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb

St. Petersburg College

The Associate in Science in Music Industry Recording Arts at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater features a curriculum that includes practical music business, acoustics, psychoacoustics, legal issues in music, music technology and recording techniques. Students also learn about entrepreneurial skills, the creative process and business practices. The college has several studios for music recording, video post-production and broadcast production.

  • Program Offered: Associate in Science in Music Industry Recording Arts
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,172 (in-state); $11,427 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city

University of Central Florida

Orlando's University of Central Florida offers several types of bachelor's degree programs in music. B.A. students can study to become music critics, music therapists, music publishers and music librarians. Bachelor of Music programs are offered in jazz studies, composition and performance. Admission to the B.M. program requires an audition. Prospective music teachers can earn a Bachelor of Music Education.

The master's degree program was designed so that it meets all of the standards set by the National Association of Schools of Music. Students can earn their graduate degrees in the evenings or late afternoons and can join the women's music fraternity, the honorary band sorority or the gospel and cultural choir.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Music,
    Bachelor of Arts in Music,
    Bachelor of Music Education,
    Music Minor,
    Master of Arts in Music
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,247 (in-state); $22,345 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large suburb

University of Florida

The University of Florida in Gainesville offers both the B.A. and the B.M. Several areas of study are available, including music history and literature, theory and composition and instrumental music education. Students can also minor in music history and ethnomusicology, music performance or music theory. The university's M.M. in Performance features secondary concentrations in sacred music, ethnomusicology, electronic music and piano pedagogy, to name a few areas.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts in Music,
    Bachelor of Music,
    Music Minors,
    Master of Music
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,143 (in-state); $28,420 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

University of South Florida

The NASAM also accredits the School of Music at this Tampa university. Undergraduate students can study to become music teachers in K-12 schools through the B.S. in Music Education or professional musicians in the B.M. program. Those who wish to blend other interests with their music studies can enroll in a Bachelor of Arts program in music studies.

Graduate students can become teachers through the M.A. in Music Education. M.M. students can concentrate in several areas, such as chamber music, jazz studies, conducting and electro-acoustic music. The Ph.D. program is intended for individuals interested in music education administration, research and teaching. The university also has a number of graduate certificates in areas like choral conducting, performance and jazz composition.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor's degrees in music,
    Master of Arts in Music Education,
    Master of Music,
    Ph.D. in Music Education,
    Graduate Certificates in Music
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,334 (in-state); $16,257 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

Valencia College

Valencia College in Orlando offers several 2-year arts and entertainment programs, including two music programs. The music performance pre-major is designed to help students transfer to 4-year universities. Music performance students have the opportunity to perform solo or in ensembles and to conduct.

Students interested in music production can enroll in the music and sound technology program. This program offers specializations in music performance/sound and sound technology and is designed for individuals interested in working in sound design, post-production, recording and related fields. Students have the opportunity to work with the college's student-run record company.

  • Programs Offered: Associate in Arts in Music Performance,
    Associate in Arts in Music and Sound Technology
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,378 (in-state); $9,005 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Music Degree Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)
Florida Atlantic University 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Arts,
Bachelor of Music,
Master of Arts in Music,
Master of Science in Music Business Administration
$4,789 (in-state); $17,234 (out-of-state)*
Florida International University 4-year, public; large suburb Bachelor of Music,
Bachelor of Arts,
Master of Music,
Master of Science in Music Education
$6,417 (in-state); $18,816 (out-of-state)*
Florida State University 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Arts in Music,
Bachelor of Music,
Master of Arts in Music,
Master of Music,
Doctor of Music
$6,402 (in-state); $21,570 (out-of-state)*
Miami Dade College 4-year, primarily associate's, public; large city Associate in Arts in Music,
Associate in Arts in Music Education,
Associate in Science in Music Business
$3,366 (in-state); $11,895 (out-of-state)*
Nova Southeastern University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb Bachelor of Arts in Music,
Music Minor
$24,414*
St. Petersburg College 4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city Associate in Science in Music Industry Recording Arts $3,172 (in-state); $11,427 (out-of-state)*
University of Central Florida 4-year, public; large suburb Bachelor of Music,
Bachelor of Arts in Music,
Bachelor of Music Education,
Music Minor,
Master of Arts in Music
$6,247 (in-state); $22,345 (out-of-state)*
University of Florida 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Arts in Music,
Bachelor of Music,
Music Minors,
Master of Music
$6,143 (in-state); $28,420 (out-of-state)*
University of South Florida 4-year, public; large city Bachelor's degrees in music,
Master of Arts in Music Education,
Master of Music,
Ph.D. in Music Education,
Graduate Certificates in Music
$6,334 (in-state); $16,257 (out-of-state)*
Valencia College 4-year, public; midsize city Associate in Arts in Music Performance,
Associate in Arts in Music and Sound Technology
$2,378 (in-state); $9,005 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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