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Music Performance


FSC’s prestigious Bachelor of Music in Performance has earned a 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.

Top Reasons to Study Performance at FSC

  • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Music Department provides a comprehensive and rigorous music performance curriculum that meets national standards.
  • Our artist-level faculty bring to their teaching a combination of academic expertise and extensive performance experience. This means you’ll be learning performance techniques from people who know the pressures and joys of being on stage.
  • As a student musician, you’ll perform in our 1800-seat Branscomb Auditorium, one of the finest concert halls in North America.
  • Weekly Performance Labs provide opportunities for performance instruction, group recitals, group critiques, single-instrument or vocal ensembles, instruction in pedagogy, and performance sectionals.
  • Unlike large universities where graduate students sing lead roles and take first-chair instrumental parts, at FSC you’ll be involved early and stay involved throughout your college career.

Our artist-level faculty are active performers and conductors.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

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:

  • Chamber Singers
  • Choral
  • Clarinet Choir
  • Flute Choir
  • Horn Choir
  • Men’s Chorale
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Saxophone Choir
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Trombone Choir
  • Trumpet Choir
  • Tuba Choir
  • Women’s Chorale

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.

Course Information

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.

Get complete descriptions of all our music courses  

Departmental Clubs & Organizations

We host numerous organizations on campus. These include:

  • The Music Educators National Conference student chapter, which all interested music students are encouraged to join;
  • Audition-based performance groups for both music majors and non-majors; and
  • Delta Omicron, an international professional fraternity open to music majors and minors, and Phi Mu Alpha, a music fraternity open to anyone with a professional interest in music regardless of major.


We offer talent-based music scholarships for students intending to pursue a degree program in Music. These scholarships require an audition.

Learn More About Auditions

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Study with accomplished teachers who are also accomplished performers.

Music Student

FSC’s music facilities include large teaching studios, ensemble rehearsal halls, and well-equipped practice areas.

Music Venue

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.

Student Listening to Music

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.

Career Opportunities

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.


Program Requirements

Performance Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 70-74 hours

Music Theory: 16 hours

MUS 1151 Aural Skills I
MUS 1152 Aural Skills II
MUS 1173 Theory: Introductory Harmony
MUS 2251 Aural Skills III
MUS 2252 Aural Skills IV
MUS 2271 Theory: Advanced Harmony I
MUS 2272 Theory: Advanced Harmony II
MUS 3371 Theory: Forms and Analysis

Music History: Eight hours

MUS 3381 History of Music I
MUS 3382 History of Music II

Conducting: Two hours

MUS 3386 Fundamentals of Conducting I

Six hours chosen from one of the tracks below:

MUS 1184 English Diction
MUS 1185 German Diction
MUS 1186 Italian Diction
MUS 1187 French Diction
MUS 3377 Vocal Pedagogy
MUS 3383 Vocal Literature
MUS 3372


Theory: Counterpoint

MUS 4471 Orchestration

Four additional hours of Music electives

Applied – Piano proficiency (non-piano majors): 0-4 hours
MUS 133C-234C Keyboard Musicianship I-IV or by performance examination

Applied Lessons and Recitals: 22 hours (at least one hour required from MUS 3390 and one hour required from MUS 4490)

MUS 1131-4432 Strings (violin, viola, cello, string bass)
MUS 1133-4434 Piano
MUS 1135-4436 Woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone)
MUS 1137-4438 Brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba)
MUS 1139-4440 Percussion
MUS 1143-4444 Voice
MUS 1147-4448 Classical Guitar
MUS 3390 Junior Recital
MUS 4490 Senior Recital

Ensemble: Eight hours total
At least five ensemble hours must be chosen from the following major ensembles:

MUS 1101-4402 Chamber Singers
MUS 4403-4404 Women's Chorale
MUS 4405-4406 Men's Chorale
MUS 1109-4410 Concert Choir
MUS 1111-4412 Symphony Band
MUS 1121-4422 Orchestra

Three additional hours must be chosen either from the major ensembles listed above or the chamber ensembles listed below:

MUS 1107-4408 Opera Theatre
MUS 1113-4414 Jazz Ensemble
MUS 1117-4418 Wind Ensemble
MUS 1119-4420 Piano Ensemble (two hours required for piano majors)
MUS 1123-4424 Chamber Ensemble (variable selections)

Language Requirements: Eight hours To be fulfilled through the Modern Language Department's offerings (German, Italian or French preferred.)

C. Electives 10-14 hours
D. Total 124 hours


Interested in a music minor?

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 Academic Catalog for details  

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Course Descriptions

Music Performance

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

133C-134C, 233C-234C

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.

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.

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