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Grow your musical skills

The Florida Southern Music program emphasizes applied music while providing a solid foundation in theory, music history, and piano proficiency.

Like your performance-focused counterparts, 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, 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.

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There is a separate audition requirement to be accepted into this major. Learn more about the requirements for this major 

Related Music Majors

The program gives students the opportunity for hands-on experience while they explore and apply the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline.

Music: Music Management

Along with courses in applied music, music theory, and music history that develop your technical understanding of music, you’ll take classes in business and economics that give you a foundation in business administration.

Music Performance

Through comprehensive studies in their applied music areas, students develop and apply ad- vanced skills on their primary instrument or voice. With studies in theory, music history, and piano proficiency, students explore the structure of music and the historical context of musical genres.

Music Education

Approved by the Florida Department of Education to satisfy the educational requirements for the baccalaureate degree and initial teacher certification in Florida, the Bachelor of Music Education degree prepares a student to enter a professional teaching career in the K–12 setting, vocal, instrumental, and general music.

Top Reasons to choose Music at florida southern college

NASM Accredited

Florida Southern’s music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Festival of Fine Arts

Continuing a tradition of more than fifty years, the Festival of Fine Arts season offers diverse and vibrant student events showcasing their talents.

Small Class Sizes

Get personal attention from professors who are committed to each students' success.

Inspiring Professors

Thought-provoking classes and inspiring professors will help you discover your calling and prepare for the challenges ahead in graduate and professional school, the workplace, and life.

Compelling Facilities

As a student musician, you will enjoy practice rooms, a beautiful recital hall with Steinway Pianos, and our 1800-seat Branscomb Auditorium, one of the finest concert halls in North America.

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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

Let the Music Take You Away

In MUS 3386 Fundamentals of Conducting, you’ll acquire basic conducting techniques to organize and conduct choral and instrumental ensembles.

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Schedule a campus tour or take our video tour of one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses. Participate in our daily online Admission Info Session or a MocTalk webinar to learn more about Florida Southern.

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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 K through 12.

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Featured Music Faculty

Brian Brink, D.M.
- Music Department Chair

I strive to engage every student and provide the essential ingredients that will build a strong knowledge base and a foundation for continued learning. Getting to know each student beyond the classroom personalizes the learning and directs my teaching toward their abilities. Whatever a student’s strengths, leading them to search beyond their reach for progressively new skills, is my approach.

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Chris Kline

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Clubs and More

The Music Educators National Conference student chapter, which all interested music students are encouraged to join; Delta Omicron, an international professional fraternity open to music majors and minors, Phi Mu Alpha, a music fraternity open to anyone with a professional interest in music regardless of major; SoCo Productions, with chapters across the globe for students to explore the music business, and MIC (Media Industry Club), bringing leaders of the music and media industries together.

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Program Details

Available in: 

  • BA
  • Minor


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

Additional Admission Requirements for Music

  • 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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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.

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