Artist Diploma (A.D.)

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Candidates for the Artist Diploma in Keyboard Performance must possess highly-developed pianistic and musical skills. Enrollment is only by select audition process. Candidates must submit a DVD (preferred) or a CD recording for pre-screening and to receive an acceptance for a live audition in front of a faculty committee. Candidates for the Artist Diploma degree are not considered for Teaching Assistantship awards although—only in very special circumstances—a candidate may be recommended by the department to receive a tuition scholarship.

The curriculum is designed for the student seeking an intensive, one-year immersion in keyboard performance. The faculty of the Keyboard Performance department is composed of world-class artists/teachers who are dedicated to the principle that the individuality and talent of every student must be recognized, respected, and nurtured, for these qualities form the essence of successful careers in music.

The AD degree requires two solo recitals by the end of the one-year curriculum. A performance Forum is held every week where students who are ready to present new repertoire are given the opportunity to do so in front of the faculty and their classmates.  Students may also have the opportunity to perform with two of our renowned ensembles:  the Frost Symphony Orchestra and the Frost Wind Ensemble.  Both groups have featured piano students in concerto performances conducted by members of our illustrious faculty as well as by guest artists such as Leon Fleisher.  The opportunity to collaborate with other talented instrumentalists and vocalists at the Frost School is also readily available and encouraged.

Many performance venues in the greater-Miami area host our students in solo and chamber music performances.  All of our students also benefit greatly from Miami’s rich cultural life, which includes solo, and collaborative concerts by world-famous recitalists and chamber groups, as well as orchestral performances by the New World Symphony and the visiting Cleveland Orchestra. The piano department presents master-classes by visiting artists and pedagogues throughout the year.

The competitive reality of the market for performers and teachers has never been more demanding. We are proud that many of our students have gone on to win awards at piano competitions, have been invited to publish in recognized periodicals, and are currently in teaching positions both in the U.S. and abroad.

Our current and past FSOM piano students have participated and won prizes at competitions such as:

  • Tchaikovsky Competition
  • Queen Elizabeth Competition
  • Van Cliburn Competition
  • Sydney International Piano Competition
  • Paderewski Piano Competition

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Artist Diploma (A.D.)

The Artist Diploma program is a special opportunity for promising keyboard students who are seeking a career in professional competitive performance. This one-year program admits students based on their auditions and encourages them to pursue professional performance or further graduate study. If you are already playing at a high-level and are seeking a short-term and thorough opportunity to practice your craft under the tutelage of experienced professors, an Artist Diploma program may be for you.

What Can I Do with an Artist Diploma?

An Artist Diploma is just one step on your journey to a career in performing piano professionally. The degree is an immersion into the world of graduate piano studies. Working with world-class instructors, you will learn about yourself as an individual performing artist and scholar. Upon completion of the degree, you will be poised to compete professionally in the world of piano or aim for further graduate-level study. An Artist Diploma can also open doors for you as a performer. Like any field, the world of music runs on connections. You never know when a relationship with a visiting artist or participation in a master class will lead to a performance opportunity down the line.

What Kind of Person Should Pursue an Artist Diploma?

Prime candidates for Artist Diploma programs already have a significant level of experience in piano performance. If you have won or placed in smaller competitions, trained heavily for at least several years, and have made the decision to be devoted to the craft for the long-run, you may be ready to apply. Asking your current teachers whether you’re ready is advised. They know you well as a performer and can advise you about the next steps to take on your performance journey. If you know someone who has an A.D. already and is willing to provide you with guidance and advice, asking them about the degree may prove to be helpful as well.

How Do I Apply for an Artist Diploma Program?

Select audition is the method through which candidates are selected for the Artist Diploma program. Interested students submit a CD or DVD audition to the committee. The committee then selects whom they would like to invite for an in-person audition. Candidates are selected based on the potential they show and the skills they’ve already accrued. Because the A.D. program is only a year long, it’s important that candidates already be on-track so that they can get the most out of the program. If you’re not sure whether it’s the right time for you to apply, the admissions office is happy to provide more guidance about what kinds of qualifications and skills levels the committee is seeking.

What Kinds of Classes Will I Take?

The Artist Diploma is designed so that you can complete the entire program in a single year. The program is designed to have eighteen credits focused in the following:

  • Applied lessons in keyboard
  • Performance ensembles
  • Recitals
  • Approved studies in music

After two semesters, you will emerge with a credential that will help elevate you to the next level of keyboard studies. You’ll typically have worked with one or two faculty members intensively who will have gotten to know you well as a performer. These faculty-student mentor relationships can last a lifetime. Such mentors are invaluable as you continue to ramp up your strengths and address your performance weaknesses on an ongoing basis.

Will I Have Performance Opportunities?

The Artist Diploma program is framed around performance, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice this skill. Your A.D. will culminate in a final performance that showcases the skills you have built up during your course of study. Performance is, of course, what musicians strive to do: to share music with audiences. In the world of elite musicianship, performance also allows musicians to win competitions, garner grants and other funding opportunities, and land jobs. It’s essential that you learn the in’s and out’s of the inner workings of music, but it’s just as important that you become an outstanding performer.

Will I Have the Chance to Compete?

A.D. candidates strive to participate in performance competitions. Recent graduates from A.D. programs have won prizes in competitions such as the following:

  • Tchaikovsky Competition
  • Queen Elizabeth Competition
  • Van Cliburn Competition
  • Sydney International Piano Competition
  • Paderewski Piano Competition

Your mentors can help advise you as to when you’re ready for a specific competition. They can help you prepare music, fine-tune your approach to a piece, and tap into your distinctive creative interpretation of repertoire. It’s in the interest of the school and the faculty for you to be competing at an elite level. If you’re ready and able to put the time into an A.D. to become a competitive performer, the faculty are ready to help you get there.

Who Will Be Teaching Me?

A.D. faculty draw from a global pool of qualified performers and instructors. As an A.D. student, you’ll be learning from the best in the field as you participate in an intensive year of study. Your instructors will have personal experience in winning competitions, playing with symphonies, and performing in some of the most exclusive performance venues in the world. They are there to mentor you and pass down information and tips that you wouldn’t be able to glean from solo practice. You’ll also be learning from peers, in master classes, and from visiting musicians. The A.D. degree is designed to be an immersive experience that provides you with a tableau of learning opportunities.

Where Can I Find the Best A.D. Program For Me?

Doing research online, asking your mentors, and getting recommendations for programs from performers you already know are all great ways to learn more about the A.D. programs out there. The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is an established program with a reputation for training competitive performers. If an Artist Diploma program seems like it would be a good fit for you, the Frost School is interested in supporting your application to the program.