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Music Performance

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.

Your degree in Music Performance will allow you to develop advanced skills on your primary instrument or voice. With studies in music theory, history, and piano proficiency, you'll also explore the structure of music and the historical context of musical genres. In chamber and large-scale ensemble experiences, you collaborate with peers and coaches, in preparation for the performance of significant works of music.

Top Reasons

NASM Accredited

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Music Department provides a comprehensive and rigorous music performance curriculum that meets national standards.

Artist-Level Faculty

Our faculty bring a combination of academic expertise and extensive performance experience to their teaching. This means you’ll be learning performance techniques from people who know the pressures and joys of being on stage.

Weekly Performance Labs

Opportunities for performance instruction, group recitals, group critiques, single-instrument or vocal ensembles, instruction in pedagogy, and performance sectionals.

Engage With The Arts Community

Central Florida boasts a dynamic arts community, and with faculty serving as principal players in such groups as the Florida Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, and Sarasota Orchestras, you'll have a multitude of opportunities to attend performances, rehearsals, and interact with musicians. 

Meet Our Mocs

Laura Mckenna
Rory Tracy

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
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.

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.
  • 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).
Learn More about music auditions


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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Program Contact

Martha Placeres Martha Placeres, DMA

Department Chair

Director of Orchestra and String Studies

Music Building - 116


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