Overview

In the Media Writing and Production program, we are dedicated to not only providing the foundational skills necessary for the student to pursue a career in the media industry, but also to stimulate and encourage student awareness of their unique gifts as a creative musician.  We accomplish this by promoting critical analysis and creative problem-solving skills throughout the program.  Courses are designed to provide students with a cohesive program of study that incorporates both current and foreseeable trends – from the manipulation of sound through a digital audio workstation (DAW), the hybrid use of acoustic and electronic instruments, to the implementation and use of sound libraries and synthesizers that will best prepare students for competition in today’s industry. For more information, please visit the website for the Media Writing and Production Program.

Admission Requirements

On-Campus Programs

The application priority deadline is December 1st.  
The supplemental materials deadline is January 1st.
Please click here for special deadlines related to our Arts Presenting, Media Writing, Music Business, and Music Engineering programs 
 
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Step 1 - Apply

Step 2 - Submit Supplemental Materials

All supplemental materials must be submitted either via email to fsom.graddocs@miami.edu or via US Mail to PO Box 248165, Coral Gables, FL 33124.

Required for all applicants:
  • Transcripts – an official transcript from ALL post-secondary schools attended, regardless of if a degree was granted or not, must be sent directly to the Frost School of Music from the issuing institution in order to be considered official
    • Applicants with international transcripts, please click here for specific instructions about approved evaluation services
    • An official transcript is required for every school attended, even if it was only a single class
    • Current University of Miami students applying to a new degree program must provide an official University of Miami transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation - sent through CollegeNet as part of application submission. These do not need to be sent separately
  • Resume - attached to the application at the time of submission. This does not need to be sent separately
The following supplemental materials may be required for some applicants:
  • GRE Score - Please contact your program faculty for specific GRE information
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score - Please click here for more specific TOEFL/IELTS information
  • Teaching/Conducting Sample
  • Writing Sample
  • Prescreening/Audition/Interview
  • Portfolio

Not all supplemental materials are required for all degree programs. Please see the Degree Program Requirements for specific requirements.

For information regarding specific program requirements, please see Application & Program Requirements.

Applicants are responsible for tracking the status of their application materials and should do so on CaneLink.  Please allow at least two weeks for documents to be processed and marked as complete. If you are unable to access your CaneLink account, please check the CaneLink FAQ.

Step 3 - Audition/Interview/Upload Portfolio

Audition - If your program requires an audition, you will be contacted after the December 1st deadline to schedule a date. All performance programs require a prescreening and invitations to audition will be extended to those applicants approved by faculty review. Check the Audition/Portfolio Requirements page for specific requirements. Do not make travel plans until you receive a confirmation email from Frost Admissions.

Interview - If your program requires an interview, you will be contacted by department faculty to schedule a date. 

Portfolio - If your program requires a portfolio, please upload it through SlideRoom.  Check the Audition/Portfolio Requirements page for specific requirements. 

Music, Media, & Industry Application Deadlines

If you are applying to Music Business & Entertainment Industries, Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment Management, JD/MM, or JD/MA programs, the following deadlines apply:

December 1 - International applicants and priority domestic applicants
April 1 - All JD/MM and JD/MA applicants 
June 1 - Final application and supplemental materials deadline for domestic applicants 

If you are applying to Music Engineering Technology or Media Writing and Production, the following deadlines apply:

December 1 - International applicants and priority domestic applicants
February 1 - Priority portfolio deadline
April 1 - Final application and portfolio deadline - all applications/supplemental materials/portfolios are due by this date

International Applicants

  • TOEFL/IELTS - Test scores are required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a degree from an accredited English-speaking institution. Additional information can be found under International Applicants.
  • Applicants must submit a copy of their passport before a decision can be made. The name on your passport must match the name with which you apply.

If accepted, you will be contacted by the Office of Admission to submit documentation of financial responsibility.

Documents Required 

Submit the following educational documents to an approved international credentialing evaluation service:

a) Official original diplomas and certificates in the original language, and

b) Official original transcripts in the original language (names of courses, grades, and hours of instruction) for every year of study. 

Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by professional, certified English translations.  Translations supplement but do not replace, the official documents.

Type of Evaluation Required

The Frost School of Music is requiring international applicants to their programs to complete a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. 

Where to Submit Documents for Evaluation

Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A), Inc. International Education Consultants, is the preferred evaluation service for international applicants to the University of Miami due to their competitive prices and high-quality service.  Click here for more information, including the Application for Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials.

World Education Services (WES) is the second preferred evaluation service for international applicants to the University of Miami.  Click here for more information, including the Application for Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials.

Please note that international applicants are not required to use the services of JS&A or WES exclusively, but the University of Miami requires that an international credential evaluation must be done by one of the approved evaluation vendors found on this list.

Evaluation Fee

Applicants are responsible for the evaluation fee.

Submission of Evaluation

The evaluation vendor is required to send all official copies of related documents to:

Frost School of Music
PO Box 248165
Coral Gables, FL 33124-7610

or electronically to: 
fsom.graddocs@miami.edu

  • Please click here for additional details
  • Applicants who are applying with a current degree in progress will be required to have their final transcripts and diploma evaluated upon arrival at the Frost School. If applicants use Josef Silny for the initial evaluation, the Frost School will cover the evaluation. If applicants choose a different vendor, they will be responsible for the cost of the re-evaluation.

Decisions

Students are recommended for admission to the Frost School of Music by the faculty and admission committees. Final acceptance to the Graduate program is made after all materials requested by the Frost School of Music have been received and evaluated. Scholarships and/or Assistantships are awarded based on faculty recommendation. Admission decisions are sent out starting in late March.  

Application Guidelines

  • Applications are accepted for the fall term only
  • Applications are accepted for only one degree program 
  • Graduate applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA for consideration
  • Applicants must be in-progress toward completing or have earned the appropriate prior music degree(s) from a regionally accredited institution in order to apply for a graduate level music program. If you are accepted and decide to attend the Frost School, you will be required to provide a final transcript showing a conferred degree.
  • The MM in Music Business & Entertainment Industries and the MA in Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment Management do not require prior music degrees. The MS in Music Engineering Technology is open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree in an appropriate engineering/science field.
  • Current University of Miami students applying to a new degree program must provide an official University of Miami transcript 
  • Materials submitted in support of an application cannot be released for other purposes nor returned to the applicant
  • For information on where to submit supplemental materials, please see our Contact Information

Curriculum Requirements

Major Area
MMI 630Entrepreneurship for Musicians3
MMI 805Master's Media Writing and Production Project3
Choose 15 credits from either or both Emphases15
Media Writing Emphasis
Virtual Orchestration
Media Writing 1: Film Scoring Foundations
Media Writing 2: Film Scoring Extensions
Media Writing 3: Video Game Scoring
Advanced Orchestration
Production Emphasis
Synthestration
Production 1: Recording and Production Techniques
Production 2: Audio FX Processing and Multitrack Mixing
Production 3: Advanced Production Seminar
Digital Audio and MIDI Production
Advisor Approved Electives9
Suggestions include but are not limited to:
Sound Design
Classical Music of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Computational Psychoacoustics
Advanced Graduate Composition and Technologies
Total Credit Hours30

Sample Plan of Study

Media Emphasis

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MMI 761 Media Writing 1: Film Scoring Foundations 3
Advisor Approved Elective 3
MMI 760 or MSJ 714 Virtual Orchestration
or Advanced Orchestration
3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
MMI 762 Media Writing 2: Film Scoring Extensions 3
MMI 630 Entrepreneurship for Musicians 3
Advisor Approved Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
Fall
MMI 763 Media Writing 3: Video Game Scoring 3
Advisor Approved Elective 3
MMI 760 or MSJ 714 Virtual Orchestration
or Advanced Orchestration
3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
MMI 805 Master's Media Writing and Production Project 3
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours30

* This is a suggested Plan of Study.  Your actual course sequence may vary depending on your previous academic experience as well as current course offerings.  Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to determine the appropriate course selection.

Sample Plan of Study

Production Emphasis

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MMI 771 Production 1: Recording and Production Techniques 3
MMI 759 Digital Audio and MIDI Production 3
Advisor Approved Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
MMI 772 Production 2: Audio FX Processing and Multitrack Mixing 3
MMI 770 Synthestration 3
MMI 630 Entrepreneurship for Musicians 3
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
Fall
MMI 773 Production 3: Advanced Production Seminar 3
Advisor Approved Elective 3
Advisor Approved Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
MMI 805 Master's Media Writing and Production Project 3
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours30

*This is a suggested Plan of Study.  Your actual course sequence may vary depending on your previous academic experience as well as current course offerings.  Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to determine the appropriate course selection.

Mission

The mission of the Media Writing and Production Masters of Music degree program is to provide the student with the skills necessary to pursue a career as a creator and producer of commercial music. The purpose of the Media Writing and Production program is to provide advanced competency as a composer, arranger and producer of commercial music. In contrast with other departments, the Media Writing and Production department culminates with the writing and defense of a thesis conforming to graduate school guidelines. 

Goals

The program emphasizes the following objectives:

  •  Students will graduate in a timely manner from the program
  • Students will be highly satisfied with their understanding of craft of creating music for media.
  • Students will be prepared to find success in the media industry.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • The student will develop and defend a portfolio of musical works, and compose a detailed narrative of his/her process, demonstrating advanced competencies as a composer, arranger and producer of music commensurate with current contemporary/commercial music professionals. (Thesis project.)
  • The student will develop the ability to analyze and identify sonic problems encountered during the production of contemporary/commercial music. The student will demonstrate the skills necessary to execute viable solutions through advanced competencies in Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) techniques, including editing, signal processing and mixing. He/she will create acceptable final mixes of their works and generate deliverable in prescribed audio and/or video format. Student performance is measured using a standard grading system. Criteria include the sonic and aesthetic qualities of the finished product, deliverables, meeting deadlines, and musical score/DAW layout.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to compose, arrange and produce of music for visual media in both virtual and acoustic formats, and prepare all deliverables including digital assets (audio files, DAW sessions, midi files and track assignments), music preparation including score layout and final mixes (stereo mix, sub mixes and stems) conforming to delivery requirements commonly required in the contemporary/commercial music industry.