UM Frost School of Music
The future of music is here.
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
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
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
• 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.