FSC's Music Department Is Recognized Again for Excellence, Retaining National Accreditation

Dec 22, 2022

by FSC Staff

Florida Southern College is pleased to announce that its esteemed music programs have once again received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Founded in 1924, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 637 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines.

The NASM Commission on Accreditation first accredited Florida Southern in 2012, and the Music Department's most recent accreditation is the result of a comprehensive review that began in 2019.

"I am delighted our exceptional music department has again achieved this distinction," said Florida Southern College President Dr. Anne B. Kerr. "I'm also proud to note that the wonderful work produced by our students and faculty is not only enjoyed by those on campus, but is made available to the greater Lakeland community through the College's extremely popular Festival of Fine Arts performance series."

Florida Southern’s Music Department offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Performance, and a Bachelor of Science in Music (Management).

Music majors thrive in these personalized programs that provide a solid foundation in performance technique, music theory, and music history, along with the guidance needed to achieve their career goals. With an emphasis on real-world learning, students gain performance experience by participating in numerous concerts, recitals, and stage productions beginning in their first year. Additionally, they have opportunities to pursue internships with orchestras and concert halls throughout the country.

The extraordinary preparation students receive has allowed them to showcase their talents on the world stage.

Zach D'Onofrio '23 was an American Idol contestant during the show's 19th season, Zoe Perkins '21 earned a Fulbright Scholarship and is currently teaching in Latvia, and James Mancuso '19 is an apprentice artist for the Sarasota Opera House as he continues his transition from student to professional life.

"Majoring in music performance at Florida Southern helped me develop my musical strengths and character as an individual," Mancuso said. "The education I received was incredible. The professors want to help you succeed and prepare you for the future."