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Frost School of Music

The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music or Frost School of Music of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, known from 1926 to 2003 as University of Miami School of Music, is a music school in the United States.

Academics and programs

One of the original schools of the University of Miami upon its opening in 1926, the Frost School of Music today has an enrollment of just over 700 students. The school offers degrees in instrumental performance, vocal performance, music engineering, music education, music composition, and musical theatre. It also offers Studio Music and Jazz degrees for instrumentalists and vocalists. Its Studio Music and Jazz program is consistently known as among the best in the nation. It was also the first music school in the nation to offer the innovative degree in Music Business and Entertainment Industries, as well as boasting a hands-on music therapy program.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music program offers the benefits of a music major with a liberal arts minor, and is a popular choice as a double major for pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pre-dental, and pre-law students who wish to also pursue higher studies in music. A minor in music is also offered for non-music majors. Music majors within different fields can choose to minor in studio music and jazz, music composition, music business and entertainment industries, and dance. Graduate programs are offered in every music discipline. In April 2007, Shelly Berg was announced as the new Dean of the Frost School of Music, following the retirement of William Hipp.

The Frost School is home to the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program, a unique interdisciplinary course of study designed to develop artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions that form the foundation of modern American songwriting.


A 2009 U.S. News & World Report survey ranked the school's jazz program as the second best such program in the nation, and ranked the University of Miami School of Music masters programs among the top 25 in the country.[1]


The school's facilities include the 600-seat Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, site of performances by students, faculty, and guest artists; the 150-seat Victor E. Clarke Recital Hall; The Marta and L. Austin Weeks Music Library and Technology center, opened in 2005; and the Bertha Foster practice building, home to practice rooms and faculty studios. These facilities, as well as the standard rehearsal halls and classroom buildings are all located on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus.


On October 16, 2003, the University of Miami announced a $33 million gift from philanthropists Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost. This announcement came during the gala launch night of the University's $1 billion Momentum Campaign.

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