New Freshman Registration and Orientation

Orientation for all Frost School of Music new freshmen and transfer music students will begin with the Dean’s Meeting at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, in the University of Miami BankUnited Center.

At this meeting, you will receive a schedule for all studio and ensemble auditions and other placement examinations which begin immediately after the Dean’s Meeting. A continental breakfast will be served to you and your family. There will be meetings and activities for parents; a schedule will be provided at the Dean’s Meeting.

Classes for first semester freshman have been carefully selected by the faculty. Many of these courses are only offered in the fall semester and are prerequisites for spring semester classes. To ensure proper enrollment, freshmen will be registered for classes by the Frost School of Music. A typical schedule will include the following:

Principal Instrument/Voice Lessons
Principal Instrument/Voice Forum
Forum for your Major
Music Theory
Skills Ensemble
  Experiencing Music
Keyboard Studies
Performing Ensemble
English Composition

All freshmen must print and send a scanned copy of a completed Course Selection Form to Associate Dean Steven Moore .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) no later than June 1, 2013, the sooner the better. When the form is received your fall class schedule will be determined by the Frost School of Music. You will meet with your faculty advisor during orientation to finalize your schedule since you may need to make some changes to accommodate ensemble, and other placement examinations given during orientation, and credit for AP or IB exams which were received after your initial class schedule was developed.

Transfer students do not need to complete the Music Course Preference form as you will construct your class schedule with your faculty advisor during orientation.

You will receive more detailed general University information later this summer.  However, remember that the Frost School of Music activities begin on Wednesday, August 21.  Should you have questions, please contact administrative assistant Alina Guevara by phone at 305-284-2241, or send an e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The University Bulletin outlines all the requirements needed for graduation in a semester by semester format and becomes your “contract” with the University of Miami. The Bulletin gives a detailed description of all courses at the University and is found at www.miami.edu/umbulletin

All students will perform in ensembles. Certain majors have specific ensemble requirements. All students will audition during fall orientation for ensemble placement.

Piano principals will be placed in Accompanying by audition. You may choose to audition for an additional ensemble to accompanying if your principal instrument is piano.

Students participating in Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, or Symphonic Winds are required to provide for themselves traditional concert black attire (black dress for women, and tuxedo for men.)

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.

Beginning August 21 various auditions will occur placing you in ensembles and/or faculty studios. You will receive a detailed schedule at the Dean’s Meeting on August 21. Every student, regardless of major or instrument, will participate in these auditions. Note: Sight-reading may be included in all auditions

The placement auditions consist of the following:

Two Contrasting Works (an 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

Two Contrasting Works (an etude, movement from a concerto or a solo similar to the one used for your entrance audition)

1 Snare Drum and 1 Mallet piece

There will be a string section rehearsal during orientation. Orchestra seating will be determined at this time.

In addition, your studio teacher may wish to hear the following:
Two Contrasting Works: (an etude, movement from a concerto, or solo similar to the one used for your entrance audition)

Studio Placement/Choral Ensemble: one memorized song/aria (Please bring a copy of the music for the pianist)

Studio Placement: Works similar to what you performed on your entrance audition

Sight reading and Improvisation
Jazz vocal ensemble auditions will consist of sight reading, aural pitch and interval identification and performance of two selections from the jazz and/or standard repertoire; one swing, one ballad. In addition, you are to learn an excerpt of a jazz vocal group arrangement and sing it in ensemble with other singers on the day following the audition.

Up to three original songs, self-accompanied.  Creative American Music Students only.  Others by permission of instructor.
Ability to play by ear and improvise parts to complement original songs in a large variety of musical styles.

A limited number of lockers are available for instrument storage in the Foster Building. Information on renting an instrument locker will be provided during orientation. Student should only bring the instrument needed for the first semester.

Be certain that you have insurance coverage for your personal instrument, computer, etc. while they are on campus.