Welcome to the Frost School of Music Office of Undergraduate Studies!
J. Steven Moore, Associate Dean
Alina Guevara, Senior Administrative Assistant
Katherine Bessemer, Senior Academic Advisor
In preparation for the fall, we ask that you carefully review the information below. All future correspondence will be sent to your UM email address so be sure to check it regularly.
Students will also need to review the University of Miami’s New Freshman Registration Guide located on the Registrar’s website. This page contains important information such as CaneLink tutorials, registration deadlines, and math/English test out information.
The Academic Bulletin acts as your contract with the University of Miami so it is essential that you review your Academic Program and fulfill all degree requirements.
Frost Orientation Student Schedule
There will be a mandatory orientation for all incoming FSOM freshman and transfer students on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 beginning at 8:30 am on the University of Miami Coral Gables Campus (Location TBD). For incoming freshman, Frost Orientation will occur simultaneously with UM’s Freshman Orientation. Frost Orientation is where you will meet with your Faculty Advisor to confirm your Fall 2016 schedule and complete any required auditions/placement examinations.
Ensemble/Studio Audition Requirements: During Frost Orientation, you will complete an ensemble and studio placement audition. Every student, regardless of major or instrument, will participate in these auditions.
*Sight-reading may be included in all auditions
1.Oboe, Bassoon, and Clarinet: Two contrasting works (i.e. Etude, movement from a concerto, or a solo similar to the one used for your entrance audition)
- A Mozart Concerto or a Bach Sonata; and
- A 20th or 21st century piece.
2. Brass: Two contrasting works (i.e. Etude, movement from a concerto, or a solo similar to the one used for your entrance audition)
1. One snare drum piece; and
2. One mallet piece.
4. Strings: There will be a string section rehearsal during orientation where orchestra seating will be determined. In addition, your studio teacher may wish to hear two contrasting works (i.e. Etude, movement from a concerto, or a solo similar to the one used for your entrance audition).
5. Classical Voice: One memorized song or Aria. Please bring a copy of the music for the pianist.
6. Piano: Musical works similar to what you performed on your entrance audition.
1. Instrumental: Sight reading and Improvisation.
- Sight reading, aural pitch, interval identification, and performance of two selections from the jazz and/or standard repertoire;
- One swing tune and one ballad; and
- An excerpt of a jazz vocal group arrangement to sing in ensemble on the day following the audition.
1. Song Writers (CAM and MADE students): Up to three original songs that are self-accompanied;
2. Instrumentalists/Vocalists: Ability to play by ear and improvise parts to complement original songs in a large variety of musical styles.
Keyboard Skills Placement
All new students are required to complete FSOM’s Experiential Music Curriculum, including a minimum of Keyboard Skills I and II. To correctly gauge the number of students that will be enrolling in each class, please send your Keyboard Skills I-IV self-evaluation to Katie Bessemer at firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Please note that this evaluation does not change which course you should enroll in. All new students must enroll in MKP 140 via CaneLink until test out exams have been administered.
You may use the descriptions below as a reference to determine your keyboard skill level.
1. Keyboard Skills I: No previous piano background.
2. Keyboard Skills II: Able to play major scales steadily (hands together, parallel motion, one octave); major arpeggios (hands separate, two octaves); basic chord progressions; harmonization with I, IV, and V7 chords; dominant seventh chords with inversions; some sight-reading abilities; and beginning improvisation.
3. Keyboard Skills III: Able to play major and harmonic minor scales (hands together, parallel and contrary motion, one octave minimum); major and minor arpeggios (hands separate, two octaves); five types of seventh chords and inversions; some improvisation; and harmonize a given melody with I, V7, vi, and ii chords.
4. Keyboard Skills IV: Able to play major and minor scales and arpeggios (hands together, parallel motion, two octaves, all keys); contrary motion scales and arpeggios in most major keys and in A, E and B harmonic minor; advanced chord progressions; and harmonization incorporating secondary dominant chords.
2016-2017 technology requirements for all Frost School of Music students include, but are not limited to, a personal laptop that meets the required software standards and the required software. For a detailed list of all required and recommended technologies, please review the FSOM 2016-2017 Technology Requirements.
Theory Placement Assessment
Students who obtained a low score on the Theory Placement Assessment during auditions are strongly encouraged to review essential fundamental music theory skills and knowledge. If you did not pass or take the assessment during your audition, then you will retake the Theory Placement Assessment during Frost Orientation. The format for the Theory Placement Assessment administered during Frost Orientation will be identical to the test provided during your audition. This process will ensure student readiness for the Experiential Music Curriculum (EMC). For information on the recommended Music Theory Fundamentals course offered online during the summer, please review the Theory Information for New Students and click here to register for the course.
All students will audition during fall orientation for ensemble placement. Piano principals will be placed in “Accompanying” by audition, as well as have the option to audition for an ensemble.
*Students participating in Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, or Symphonic Winds are required to obtain traditional concert black attire in the form of a black dress for women and a tuxedo for men. Further information will be communicated once the fall semester begins.
*All students participating in traditional choral ensembles will be required to purchase uniform concert attire. More information, including prices, will be provided by the choral office after auditions.
A limited number of lockers are available for instrument storage in the Foster Building. Locker sizes are assigned based upon your principal instrument. Information on renting an instrument locker will be provided during Frost Orientation.
*It is recommended that you have insurance coverage for your personal instrument, computer, etc. while they are on campus.