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Music

As a music major at Rollins, you’ll master your instrument through real-world experience at our on-campus performance venues as well as out in the community. Under the guidance of professors whose No. 1 goal is your development as a musician, you’ll benefit from small class sizes and individual relationships with faculty.

At the same time you’re honing your craft, you’ll study the creative underpinnings of global society from pre-history through today’s ever-changing music industry. Our program can lead to a future in education, entertainment, management, law, composition, business, journalism, or emerging technologies.

Rollins prepares musicians like you for fulfilling careers that require discipline, teamwork, and a deep understanding of human culture.

Why Study Music at Rollins

Flexible Course of Study

Rollins will challenge you to grow as a musician, offer you frequent performance opportunities, and create a program tailored to your career goals.

Individual Attention from Professors

Our music professors are teachers first. They provide one-on-one instruction and mentorship as you forge your own unique path.

Real-World Education

Our program is active in the larger music world and offers you access to some of the world’s finest performers, educators, and industry professionals.

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Elodie Germain
“My job at Epcot always felt like an impossible dream to me. I started auditioning for it my junior year—with much hesitation because I didn't want it to get in the way of graduating. With the help and encouragement of Professor Jamey Ray and the whole music department, I was able to start this job seasonally during Christmas of my senior year, and upon graduation began performing five days a week.”

Elodie Germain ’16

A cappella vocalist, Epcot’s The Voices of Liberty

Rollins Music Careers

Rollins music grads attend prestigious graduate programs, pursue careers in education, and embark on musical pursuits such as publishing, arranging, conducting, and performing.

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Catherine Psarakis ’16

Musician and Researcher, New England Conservatory of Music

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Jamey Ray ’06

Rollins Music Faculty; Arranger and Singer, Voctave

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Jami-Leigh Bartschi ’07 ’12MLS

Director of Choirs, Wekiva High School, Orange County Public Schools

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Mike Roylance ’98

Principal Tuba, Boston Symphony

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Fred Green ’11

Assistant Professor of Music, Missouri Southern State University

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Megan Mascarenhas ’14, MM

Adjunct Professor of Music Theory, Rollins College

Real World Experience

From community engagement courses to internships and research, music students hone their skills in the real world.

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Popular Courses

Music courses are experiential in nature and cover everything from sound recording and basic conducting to pedagogy and the history of jazz. Courses are designed with your individual learning style in mind, with outcome assessments helping you set and achieve appropriate and challenging goals.

MUS 292
Introduction to Music Business

Explore the fundamentals of the music business, including the interaction of corporations, creativity, copyright, compensation, and cyber law.

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MUS 455
Paris, Moscow, Vienna 1890-1915

Delve into the lives and works of 20th-century master composers who worked in these important artistic centers.

MUS 355
Composition Practicum

Develop your compositional craft through writing projects for a variety of media, with discussion of recent musical trends and literature. Each semester culminates in a recital of student works.

MUS 391
Conducting Practicum

Focus on developing your knowledge of repertoire, performance practices, aural discrimination, and conducting technique.

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MUS 301
Recording Practicum: Experience for the Working Musician

Because a versatile singer is a working singer, you’ll get real-life studio recording experience developing your versatility and musicianship.

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MUS 360
Music in the Global Environment

Explore the variety of native music and instruments across the globe as well as the effect of globalization on native cultures.

A Day in the Life of a Rollins Music Major

“Experiencing real-life scenarios and opportunities within my music major has been a fundamental part of my development and learning experience.”

Ashley Rosa ’18

Vocalist, New York

Beyond the Classroom

Independent Study A faculty member and a student take an entire semester to investigate an area of the music industry that is of interest to the student. The insight and contacts gathered by this program provide a head-start on entering the workforce.

Productive Partnerships From orchestral and choral concerts with the Bach Festival to a partnership with neighboring Full Sail University—a leader in entertainment, media, arts, and technology—the Rollins Department of Music serves as a cultural center for the Central Florida community.

Study Abroad Many students study music in a cultural hub such as London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, or Rome, and take advantage of summer institutes and performing opportunities nationally and internationally.

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Expert Faculty

The music faculty is made up of scholars and performers who work at the national and international levels of their disciplines. The faculty mentors and guides each student to their individual goals and careers.

Department of Music
Keene Hall
1000 Holt Ave. – 2731
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2233
F. 407.646.2533

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