There are 62 million amateur musicians in America today, and one half of all households in the U.S. have at least one person who plays a musical instrument. Far fewer, however, have the expertise and perseverance to pursue careers in music, and just fewer than 176,000 (.2%) become professional musicians. The rigors of rising to the top are considerable. [Source: National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor (2011)]
By the time Frost School of Music undergraduates enter the music profession, many already have 15 years of performance experience behind them—and the majority will perform for five or six decades more. Parents, grandparents, private teachers and friends have invested countless hours to help our students develop their musicianship to a point where they can apply to a university music program. It is a noble pursuit, and we salute you for taking the step to learning more. If you can’t imagine doing anything else with your life than to perform, compose or bring the joy and benefits of music to others, we encourage you to apply to the Frost School of Music.
The cutting-edge Frost School provides the ideal musical training environment for aspiring professionals through groundbreaking performance programs, master classes, and cross-genre performance opportunities. And, with strong merit scholarships such as the Stamps Ensemble Scholarship, we attract the best and the brightest to our campus.
In short, we are a supportive community of excellent musicians. We perform. We compose. We inspire. We succeed. And, we look forward to meeting you at a campus visit or at a college fair soon.