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Commercial Music

The music industry is a multi-billion dollar economic engine for a worldwide market. It is our belief that this industry would benefit enormously from the influx of skilled, educated musicians. The Commercial Music program at The Florida State University is designed to prepare students for a career in the music industry. The curriculum includes music theory, ear training, music history, ensembles, and private instruction on the student's instrument. To this are added courses in MIDI, audio recording and production.  In addition to the music curriculum, students will complete 18 hours of courses in the College of Business, giving them a business minor.

For more information, please contact Mr. Brian Gaber

Individuals may be considered for admission at the time they make application to FSU and the College of Music, both. All programs in the College are designated as limited-access programs, requiring that applicants satisfy general admissions requirements and an audition.

Admission into the Commercial Music track is a two-part process: a College of Music applied (musical) audition, and a Commercial Music interview. The Commercial Music interview involves a discussion with music faculty members, at which time applicants will be expected to articulate their interest in the field, their related experiences, as well as their long-range goals.

Two weeks prior to the time of the interview, applicants into the Commercial Music degree track must submit the following portfolio:

  1. Essay: containing mission statement, musical philosophy, and career goals (minimum 5 pages). The required format of this document is: New Times Roman 12pt., double-spaced.
  2. Unofficial transcript.
  3. Two original songs, of contrasting styles, in lead-sheet form. Applicants may create these lead sheets by hand or with notation software. A lead sheet consists of:
    1. Title
    2. Composer (yourself)
    3. Melody
    4. Chords
    5. Lyric
  4. Audio recordings of these two songs

For complete application instructions, please read:

Applicants must play one of the instruments listed here. Clicking on the instrument of your choice will give you a list of typical audition pieces.

For more information, please contact Mr. Brian Gaber


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