Students wishing to work in the recording studio and/or music entertainment industry should consider the Studio Music and Jazz/Vocal major. Graduates pursue careers as jazz and studio musicians, jingle singers, composers, arrangers, conductors, and lyricists. Some vocalists work in Broadway shows; others in nightclubs, pop, country and rock concerts, and more.
Through this unique, first-of-its-kind program, students develop skills in interpretation of styles, musicianship, arranging, conducting, sight-reading, ear-training, keyboard, and large and small ensemble singing. Though basic knowledge of the recording industry is stressed, they receive training in vocal techniques, repertoire, historical and current musical styles, and improvisation.
Master classes are frequently offered with jazz and studio professionals who regularly appear in the Greater Miami metropolitan area.
The School offers several jazz vocal ensembles. Jazz Vocal I (JV1) enjoys a reputation as one of the finest jazz vocal groups in the country. In addition to releasing its third album, Jazz Vocal I consistently wins DownBeat Magazine’s ‘dB’ collegiate competitions. Other vocal ensembles provide a variety of classical, pop, and jazz performance opportunities. Students also have access to the School’s recording studios for hours of valuable microphone and recording experience.