Read why students from near and far have chosen to study at the University of Miami Frost School of Music…

Music Theory and Composition

Upon researching higher education, I learned that the University of Miami is listed among the top schools for music composition. Among my most significant experiences have been serving as president of the UM student chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) and hosting SCI’s national student conference. In my opinion, the superior quality of the faculty and the learning environment established at UM has helped me find my voice.
Jennifer Post, Ivyland, Pennsylvania

I came to the University of Miami for the composition program. I had checked reference books that rate colleges and UM was rated very highly, especially the department in which I was interested. I’ve had a wonderful experience here. I’m leaving with so much more knowledge than I came here with. I feel I’ve grown a lot, musically and otherwise.
Laura Sanchini, Montreux, Switzerland

Instrumental Performance

One of the biggest surprises I had coming to Miami is how often I’ve been able to perform. I’ve performed well over a dozen concerts a semester, in all kinds of music. I also enjoy being in the UM Symphony Orchestra. We have a wonderful conductor who is passionate about getting students involved in the music. Some of the most memorable music experiences in my life have been at UM.
Mary Ellen Guzzio, Greensboro, North Carolina

Keyboard Performance

It has been my goal to study in the United States since I was young. In my country, you specialize in one thing, but here, you are exposed to so many new things. For example, my teacher has introduced me to 20th century contemporary music, and there are also classes in archeology, languages, and many other things that can help you to become a better musician. In addition, there are lots of opportunities for you to perform, both on and off campus.
Liana Pailodza, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
(former Soviet Union)

Coming from Thailand, I feel right at home because of the comfortable atmosphere between the faculty and the students. The faculty are very friendly and cooperative. I can talk to them any time I want and they always welcome me.

UM has given me the opportunity to broaden my horizons. Music is the universal language that everyone shares in this multicultural environment.
Porphan Banternghansa, Bangkok, Thailand

Music Business and Entertainment Industries

The Music Business program has surpassed all of my expectations. It’s exciting to be studying from the guy who actually created the first program of its kind in the nation. A key thing he has taught us is the importance of making and maintaining industry connections; that’s one reason why 90 percent of students find jobs as soon as they graduate. I always knew I wanted to work with people and with music. Here, I get to do both.
Kristopher Gibbons, Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Music Education

My first impression of the University of Miami campus was, “Wow, this is beautiful!” The academic possibilities are endless, with classes for all interests. It was exciting to learn that my violin professor, Glenn Basham, is able to teach me both classical and alternative musical styles.

My music education classes are incredible; I know I am getting a meaningful degree. My experience at UM has been absolutely amazing!
Jason Hurwitz, Williamsport, Pennsylvania


I chose the University of Miami School of Music for its incredible reputation and the education I am receiving is definitely fulfilling my expectations. I did not expect to be involved in many extra-curricular activities until later in my college career, but UM has offered me so many great opportunities already. The activities and organizations I have been involved in, and the leadership roles I have taken on, have really enhanced my college experience.
Lisa Marino, Preston, Connecticut

Music Engineering

I chose the Music Engineering Technology program because it offers a number of opportunities enriched within a diverse campus atmosphere. For example, you can obtain internships at recording studios and software companies, assist engineers during live performances, and much more. I feel confident that along with my hands-on experience and knowledge from the classroom, I will have no problem getting a job.
Norman Small, Orlando, Florida

The best thing about the Music Engineering program is the people. The teachers here are so knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and the students are excited about learning. This program is one of the best programs of its kind in the country. I know I made the right choice in coming here. Since the program is so well respected in the industry, I know my UM education will truly benefit me when I graduate.
Alicia Nachman, Canton, Georgia

Studio Music and Jazz

The University of Miami is consistently ranked as one of the top three jazz schools in the country, and one of only a few to offer a D.M.A. in Jazz Performance.

The great thing about the jazz faculty is they are fluent in all aspects of jazz – theory, composition, performance, and education – and have all been active performers, so they know what it takes to be successful. The quality of the faculty here is beyond excellent.
David Lambert, Vienna, Virginia

One of the major reasons I chose the University of Miami is that I’d heard good things about the program from many different sources. Here, students are not just a number. The faculty are committed to furthering your education based on your individual needs. Being in Miami, the experiences that you receive here, musically, are very diverse. The exposure to authentic Latin music, because of our location, is something that would be harder to find somewhere else.
David Racine, Traverse City, Michigan

Vocal Performance

I was attracted to the University of Miami mainly because of its diversity and wide range of study opportunities. You can choose from a tremendous variety in majors, programs and specialties. The University also has one of the best campuses I’ve ever seen. It’s amazing how many students are at UM from around the world. When you’re here, you’re not just learning about music; you’re also learning about other countries and cultures.
Travis Whitlock, Dallas, Texas

I was attracted to the University of Miami because of its large music program with so many offerings. I felt I would be at home here, whether I decided on a major in musical theatre, vocal performance or music business.

I also was attracted to the beautiful Coral Gables campus. Miami and the beaches are very close, but I enjoy being on an enclosed university campus.
Omar Lopez-Cepero, Duluth, Georgia

Liberal Arts and Music

During my years at UM, I have found professors who embrace compositions from Bach to Varése and who create music for everything from video games to big bands. A number of institutions boast cultural diversity, but at UM, the music to which you’re exposed can be as diverse as the culture.
Janice Muller, Shreveport, Louisiana