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Upcoming Music Events

The academic music curriculum fosters creativity and develops a knowledge of musical heritage. Course work develops the student’s growth and maturity in comprehensive musicianship. The study of music history and theory is pursued by taking a variety of classes, including foundations of music; surveys of music history in the western world, jazz and pop music in America, and music of the world’s people; and seminars in composition aesthetics, jazz improvisation, chamber music, and general musicianship. Students receive private lessons each term. The Private Lesson program offered by the Music Division is unique. Each student has the privilege of studying on a one-on-one basis with the New World artist faculty. Rigorous daily practice and preparation is expected of each student with their progress closely monitored. Each student is required to perform a solo jury at the end of each semester before the entire faculty of their area.

Annual Concert with Major Soloists at Adrienne Arsht Center

The Music Division is proud to present an annual performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Miami. The hall represents one of the last greatest halls to be built in the United States with acoustics and grandeur compared to some of the greatest halls in the world. With an impressive lineup of artists, shows, ensembles, operas and ballets that perform at the Arsht Center, by being a NWSA student, they are afforded discount ticket options to enrich their artistic pallets and are offered the opportunity to perform in the inspiring hall. Each year, NWSA ensures a soloist to perform alongside the students in this magnificent concert and presents masterclasses through the Make Art Work Series, where students learn the business of art from the guest artists.

Alumni

Alumni from the Music Division at NWSA represent some of the most in-demand musicians, orchestrators, composers, conductors, soloists, arrangers, teachers, administrators, and music business professionals around the world. Students have been laureates of competitions from the local to the international levels, and have worked with some of the most prestigious ensembles and music organizations to critical acclaim. Some distinguished alumni include Alex Lacamoire (orchestrator for the Broadway sensation In the Heights & Hamilton), Russell Thomas (lead operatic roles with Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera and others), Carlos Izcaray (music director of Alabama Symphony), Elaine Alvarez (opera singer and soloist with Riccardo Muti and Chicago Symphony), among many others.

Accreditation

The New World School of the Arts Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).