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2015-2016 General Catalog 
2015-2016 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Music

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Florida A&M University Department of Music offers an impressive series of programs for undergraduate study, with the perfect combination of access to a diverse university setting and specialized music training. Our curricula combine tradition with innovation and are designed to offer students the flexibility to reach a variety of professional goals.

The Department of Music also provides instruction in the preparation of choral and instrumental musicians for elementary and secondary teaching careers. It is also responsible for the musical development of the professional performing artist and contributes to the aesthetic and cultural development of students from other disciplines.

Admission Requirements

All music majors must meet the minimum institutional admissions requirements listed elsewhere in this catalog. They should have at least three years preparation on their principal applied instrument and some preparation on piano. Competence in music performance and knowledge must be demonstrated during entrance examinations given to determine placement in applied music and theory courses. Transfer credits are subject to validation by examination upon approval of the department chairperson. Details concerning audition preparation may be obtained from the department office.

You must submit a minimum 1010, SAT score (critical reading and math only) or 21 ACT score. Your high school preparation must have included earning a minimum 2.50GPA (4.0 scale) and 19 academic units in English (4), Mathematics (3), Natural Science (3), Social Science (3), Foreign Language (2), and Electives (4). There is a $30 application fee.

Application deadlines:

  • May 15 for the fall term;
  • November 15; spring term,
  • March 15, summer term.

Contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment for an application, or apply online at www.famu.edu.

ALL students interested in pursuing Music Industry studies must complete and pass the Department of Music audition on a primary instrument (instrumental or voice) as a part of the admissions process.


Professors: James, Shaylor; Sarjeant, Lindsey; Young, Sylvester
Associate Professors: Chipman, Shelby; Clemons, Kawachi; Griffin, Robert; Hall, Brian; Horn, Geoffrey; Kilgore, Alethea; Parsons, Longineu; Sobkowska, Joanna; White, Dennine
Assistant Professors: Butler, Mark; Rhodes, Marcus; Reinfeld, Scott; Sager, Rebecca; Vega, Carlos

Music Student Clubs and Organizations

All Clubs and Organizations, including but not limited to Campus Wide, Departmental, Academic, City/County/State, Military, Performing Arts, Cultural, Political, Religious, Recreational and Volunteer Service, must complete the mandatory certification process and attend an Anti-Hazing workshop in order to be a recognized organization at Florida A&M University.

National Association for Music Education (NAFME),
Dr. Shelby Chipman, Faculty Advisor;
The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA),
Mr. Mark Butler, Faculty Advisor;

Groove 87,
Dr. Kawachi Clemons, Faculty Advisor;
Music and Entertainment Industry Student’s Association (MEISA),
Dr. Kawachi Clemons, Faculty Advisor;
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia,
Dr. Shaylor James, Faculty Advisor;
Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity,
Mr. Lindsey Sarjeant, Faculty Advisor

Music Organizations

Membership in music organizations is open to all students. Participation in all phases of these programs, including performance engagements and trips, is a requirement of membership. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credit hours.


    Bachelor’s DegreeMinor

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