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About Frost School of Music The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive and relevant in all of higher education. With over 700 students and 100 faculty members it a top choice for instrumental, keyboard and vocal performance as well as composition, music business, music education, music engineering technology, music therapy, songwriting, jazz, studio music, and more. It is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 was a historic occasion.

The mission of the Frost School of Music is to foster musical leadership by providing an innovative, relevant, and inspiring education; advance performance, creativity and scholarship; and enrich the world community with meaningful outreach and brilliant cultural offerings.

The Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology, and was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, as well as Studio Music and Jazz. Renowned for its Instrumental Performance programs, it is the home of the Frost Chamber Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Frost Concert Jazz Band and is a leader in vocal training with the Frost Opera Theater, Frost Chorale and other notable choirs.

Frost is the exclusive home of the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum which fully integrates performance, music history, ear training, and composition through chamber music and skills ensembles; the Henry Mancini Institute which provides Frost students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings; the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation’s Ensemble Scholars program which provides free tuition, room and board to 19 academically strong and highly talented undergraduate music students; and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program which develops the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions of American songwriting.

My Jazz Story

What is the Studio Music and Jazz Department at the Frost school of Music? The mission of the Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Degree Programs is to: • Prepare jazz instrumentalists and vocalists to enter the music profession or graduate school; • Identify, recruit, and retain high quality students who seek to pursue studio/jazz performance as a career; • Foster faculty creativity and performance which serves as a role model for students; • Develop, and revise courses in jazz improvisation, jazz arranging/composition and provide on and off campus performance opportunities; • Produce in our on campus facility, recordings for the Down Beat Student Music Awards, compact disks, radio and Internet broadcast; and • Provide a platform of learning that includes performance, composition/arranging, technology, conducting, scholarship and production. What distinguishes it from other programs throughout the world? • A track record of excellence. • Over 150 Down Beat Awards. • Many well known alumni. • An experienced teaching staff that are on campus on a daily basis. • Many visiting artists and clinicians. What can students expect from their experience? • A talented student body at both the graduate and undergraduate level. • Small classes. • Diverse ensemble experience including classical performance opportunities. • Many recording opportunities.

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