Florida State University College of Music

The Florida State University College of Music offers a comprehensive program of instruction for all students who seek to become professionals in music. Some highlights of the College of Music are:

  • 11:1 faculty/student ratio with over 90 full-time faculty
  • 750 undergraduate students, 400 graduate students (1150 maximum enrollment)
  • 3 mainstage operas every year
  • Over 500 concerts each year with more than 40 ensembles to choose from
  • FSU Music Theatre ranked in the top 10 programs represented on Broadway
  • 94% first-year retention rate
  • 15% of our undergraduates are pursuing a double major or dual degree

Our faculty are leaders in all areas of music, including: 

  • Music Performance (classical, jazz, and music theatre)
  • Music Education
  • Music Therapy
  • Music Theory
  • Music Composition
  • Arts Administration
  • Piano Technology
  • Commercial Music
  • Historical Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Recent faculty accomplishments include Grammy Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and Guggenheim fellowships, as well as frequent performances in the United States and around the world. 

Our graduates are leaders in their profession and have gone on to pursue successful careers as:   

  • public school teachers
  • professional performers
  • conductors
  • college and university professors 
  • music therapists
  • composers
  • scholars
  • administrators
  • private music teachers

The College now offers an Entrepreneurship in Music program, open to all students, that features: 

  • entrepreneurship courses
  • guest artist residencies focusing on entrepreneurial skills
  • workshops to further enhance the student’s education and better prepare our musicians for the professional world.

The College of Music has five fully-equipped recital spaces, ranging in size from the recently renovated Ruby Diamond Concert Hall (1200 seats) to more intimate recital spaces. The College also boasts a large number of private practice rooms and dedicated rehearsal spaces for large ensembles. 

Of particular interest to incoming freshmen is the Music Living-Learning Center at Cawthon Hall, a dormitory/classroom space immediately adjacent to the College of Music. Open only to music majors and minors, Cawthon Hall includes its own practice rooms, a keyboard lab, and music classrooms, offering students numerous opportunities for musical enrichment from the comfort of their own residence hall. 

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