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Grow your musical skills

The Florida Southern Music program, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), emphasizes applied music while providing a solid foundation in theory, music history, and piano proficiency.

Your Bachelor of Arts in Music will be rigorous, comprehensive, and performance-based. You'll take a core set of courses in music theory and history, take private instrumental or voice lessons, and perform with our ensembles. Adhering to the liberal arts model, you'll gain proficiency in a foreign language while exploring other humanities like art and philosophy.

Top Reasons

Small Class Sizes

Through small classes and one-on-one mentoring, students receive personalized guidance, training, and support to help them reach their creative and career goals.

Inspiring Professors

FSC’s music program provides an exceptional opportunity to be mentored by professors whose passion and expertise encourage students’ personal and artistic growth.

Compelling Facilities

Student musicians enjoy practice rooms, a beautiful recital hall with Steinway pianos, and Florida Southern’s 1,800-sesat Branscomb Auditorium, one of the finest concert halls in North America.

Festival of Fine Arts

Continuing a tradition of more than fifty years, the Festival of Fine Arts season offers students the opportunity to showcase their talents in a variety of diverse and vibrant events.

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Secondary education certification available for this major

Secondary education certified teachers enjoy the options and versatility that come with being able to teach students in grades ranging from 6 through 12.

Martha Placeres, DMA

Featured Faculty

Martha Placeres

As a passionate music educator, my main goal has always been student success. In the orchestral program, I strive to give my students the opportunity to perform standard symphonic and string orchestra literature and contemporary music in a positive and inclusive environment. I work diligently to create a sense of “belonging” so that students feel that they are part of a family and as such, they play an equal role in performing music together.

Music Programs Thrive on Engagement

Here, you’ll join a community where students and faculty work closely together.

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

Clubs And More

The Music Educators National Conference student chapter, which all interested music students are encouraged to join; Phi Mu Alpha, a music fraternity open to anyone with a professional interest in music regardless of major; and  SoCo Productions, with chapters across the globe for students to explore the music business.

Program Details




Admission Requirements

There is a separate audition requirement to be accepted into this major. Learn more about the requirements for this major   
  • Upon application to and acceptance by the Florida Southern College Office of Admissions, a student may be accepted into the music major program only through an audition in his or her applied music area. Auditions are offered throughout the school year on an appointment basis.
  • All music majors with scholarships must be enrolled in a major ensemble in their major applied area throughout their program of study (music education majors and music management majors until the internship semester).
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All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:


Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.   

If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript  
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

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Scholarships Available

Music Scholarships

Music scholarships are awarded based upon skill level and area of concentration. Additionally, Florida Southern College awards $500 per year to members of an ensemble: band, chorale, orchestra (strings). Ensemble scholarships are only available for non-majors; auditions are required. For information, contact the Office of Admissions at 863.680.4131.

Various Amounts

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Program Contact

Martha Placeres Martha Placeres, DMA

Department Chair

Director of Orchestra and String Studies

Music Building - 116


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