New Student Information

Office of Undergraduate Studies:
J. Steven Moore, Associate Dean
Alina Guevara, Manager of Programs
Katherine Bessemer, Senior Academic Advisor

Welcome to the Frost School of Music!
Welcome to the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami! You are part of an incredibly talented class and we are excited to welcome you into the FSOM family. 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.

Registration:
All incoming students will be enrolled in courses by the end of June. Before you can enroll, you must complete the following action items:
• Take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment, or place out with your SAT, ACT or AP scores.
• Review your degree program’s Curriculum and Plan of Study via the UM Academic Bulletin.
• Read the FSOM New Student Registration Guide.
• Watch the CaneLink tutorial video on New Student Registration.
• Review the New Student Registration information on the UM Admissions Webpage.
• Complete the Keyboard Self-Placement Survey (Deadline: June 1st).

After the items above have been completed, please refer to your individualized registration email and the New Student Registration Guide for your fall course guide.

Enrollment for new students begins May 30th and closes July 10th. We will review your schedule and notify you of any updates. An advising hold will be placed on your account to prevent changes before orientation. Questions? Contact Alina Guevara at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (305) 284-6915.

Please note:
• You will be able to review your schedule with your assigned advisor during Frost Orientation.
• If you place out of ENG 105, please enroll in ENG 106 or your degree program’s required math course (MTH 101 or MTH 113). Test out information (SAT, ACT, AP, and ALEKS) will also be reviewed at orientation.
• You must be enrolled in 12-18 credit hours.
• You must remain in your major first semester. Major change requests require advising and approval. 


Transfer Students:
Transfer student’s transcripts will be individually assessed at the beginning of June and transfer students will receive a “Transfer Advising Email” by June 15th. After the “Transfer Advising Email” is sent, the “Academic Advising” hold on the student’s CaneLink account will be released. In the meantime, students must complete the action items listed above and send their most recent transcripts to the Office of Admissions (Spring 2017 and Summer 2017). If you have any questions, please contact Katie Bessemer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


University Bulletin
All new students will follow the 2017-2018 UM Academic Bulletin. This document includes the required courses and plans of study for all degree programs. To access the music degree program on the UM Academic Bulletin, select Undergraduate Academic Programs and Music. All first semester courses listed in the bulletin are included in the FSOM New Student Registration Guide. The UM Academic Bulletin acts as the student’s contract with the University of Miami. It is essential that you review your Academic Program and fulfill all degree requirements in order to graduate.


Frost Orientation
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 assigned Advisor to confirm your fall 2017 schedule and complete any required auditions/placement examinations. Further information will be communicated in July 2017.


Ensemble/Studio Placement 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.
• Classical Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion:
o Prepare and perform orchestral and band audition excerpts as prescribed by the applied and conducting faculty – excerpts will be made available in mid July on our website, and/or via email. 
o Prepare 3-5 minutes of a solo of your choosing that highlights both technical and lyrical playing excerpts from different solos are fine.
o 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.
Strings:
o 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).
Classical Voice:
o Please be prepared to sing a selection that best represents your vocal technique and musicianship.  An accompanist may be provided, but do be prepared to sing some of your chosen selection a cappella. Be prepared for a short sight-singing, tonal memory, and rhythm test.
o 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.
Piano:
o To determine the level for accompanying placement, the audition will include: sight reading, performance of a solo piece from your entrance audition or equivalent, and a brief interview.”
Jazz:
o Voice:
 - Sight reading, aural recall, 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 assigned at the audition to sing in ensemble format.
o Instrumental:
 - Sight reading and Improvisation.
 - Drumset: play a few contrasting styles with a rhythm section; chart reading.
Contemporary:
o Song Writers (CAM): Up to three original songs that are self-accompanied;
o Instrumentalists/Vocalists (MADE): 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 complete the Keyboard Self-Placement Survey before June 1st. This evaluation does not change which course you should enroll in. All new students must enroll in MKP 140 via CaneLink until placement exams have been administered. Only those students with prior keyboard background should attend the placement exam during orientation.
You may use the descriptions below as a reference to determine your keyboard skill level.
Keyboard Skills I: No previous piano background.
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.
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.
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.


Technology Requirements
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 2017-2018 Technology Requirements information sheet.


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 similar 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. Please contact Rachel Hanusa at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have any questions regarding the registration or payment protocol.


Instrument Lockers
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. Climate controlled Drumset lockers are available underneath the Foster Building ramp. It is recommended that you have insurance coverage for your personal instrument, computer, etc. while they are on campus.