Music Education


Music Education Program

The Music Education program at Florida International University is fully certified by the Florida State Department of Education and nationally accredited by the National Association of the Schools of Music (NASM) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Our Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music Education offers a comprehensive and innovative course of study that prepares students to effectively enter the teaching profession in public and private settings. 

The nationally and internationally renowned scholars and practitioners who form the music education faculty at FIU offer knowledgeable guidance to students and provide them with expert insight into music education in the 21st century. Music education students accepted into our program will join a world-class school of music and receive an outstanding education in music where they will be able to develop and perfect their musical abilities.  Most significantly, FIU faculty is committed to the mission of graduating educators who are responsible, reflexive, ethical, creative and dedicated to their communities.

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Admission Information

Prospective students who wish to be admitted to the FIU School of Music must be accepted to both the University and the School of Music. You can start the application process by visiting FIU Admissions.

In addition, you must complete and submit an Application for Admission to the School of Music (available on the website--need web address) and schedule an audition on your principal instrument. Auditions are held in November, February, March, and April.

Following a successful audition, students interested in music education should contact Dr. Cathy Benedict, Coordinator of Music Education to schedule an interview. During this interview students will be able to discuss their musical background and their teaching interests in terms of instrumental, vocal, elementary and secondary instructional preferences. etc. Students will answer questions related to their availability to fulfill university class schedule obligations, field experience observation hours, internship commitment and state certification examination requirements.

Audition Information

Interested students should make an appointment to schedule an audition with Dr. Cathy Benedict


Auditions are held at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) on the following days:

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Directions to the WPAC

Address: 10910 SW 17 ST, Miami, Florida 33199

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From SW 8th Street:

  • If coming west make a left on 107th Avenue
  • If coming east make right on 107th Avenue
  • Turn right to enter FIU campus on 112th Avenue
  • Approach traffic circle, yield
  • Follow traffic circle around, veering left
  • Follow road southwest to the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC)
  • Proceed to Parking Lot 5 (next to building)
  • Wertheim Concert Hall and Recital Hall are on the left (School of Music)


News & Events

NEW MASTERS OF MUSIC EDUCATION!!!   Get more information HERE.

On November 6, FIU School of Music hosted 300 Miami-Dade County Public School teachers for a workshop at the Herbert & Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center.

FIU MAGAZINE showcases the work of the Music Education Program and its impact in Miami Dade! See more HERE.


Cathy Benedict






 Dr. Cathy Benedict, Ed.D
 Area Coordinator

As the coordinator of music education, she advises all music education students as well as teaches undergraduate and graduate classes such as Elementary Pedagogy, Orff/Kodaly and Music Education and Special Needs Students.  Her scholarly interests lay in facilitating music education environments in which students take on the perspective of a justice-oriented citizen. To this end her research agenda focuses on the processes of education and the ways in which teachers and students interrogate taken-for-granted, normative practices. She has contributed book chapters addressing issues of national standards, urban education, methodological approaches in music education and curriculum development. To learn more about Cathy Benedict, click here.



      Dr. Patrick Schmidt
     (305) 348-6316

Patrick Schmidt is an Associate Professor of Music Education at FIU in Miami, Florida. He joined the faculty after eleven years at the Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University in Princeton, US. Review; Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education; ABEM Journal in Brazil; and the Finnish Journal of Music Education. He has recently co-edited the 2012 NSSE book released by Teachers College Press and a special issue of the well-known education journal Theory into Practice. For more information about Dr. Schmidt and the Music Education faculty, click here.

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