Experiential Learning

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The Stetson School of Music offers diverse experiential learning opportunities that go beyond traditional classroom settings. These include solo and ensemble performances, as well as participation in conferences at the state, national, and international levels. Our students gain a valuable understanding of their future careers, equipping them for success in the music field. 

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Professional Development Opportunities

Nidia Guevara-Nolasco and Isabel Barbato

Nidia Guevara-Nolasco and Isabel Barbato, were nominated to compete for the Opera Orlando Apprenticeship Pilot program based on their outstanding record in opera productions and their academic performance at Stetson.

Students, alumni, staff, and faculty have opportunities each year to visit the internship and career expo hosted by Career and Professional Development at Stetson. This event is a great opportunity to connect with employers and organizations looking to hire all positions. That includes full-time, part-time and internships. Also, free professional headshot photos are made available to all attendees. 

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The school of music encourages students to take advantage of the network of internship opportunities Stetson University offers. Internships allow for real-world experience which can lead to life-long connections and employment opportunities post-graduation.

Read Aidan Dixon Invited by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DV to Join Their Team as Intern

The School of Music supports its students in attending music-focused conferences in the state of Florida and elsewhere if granted scholarship funding. Our Music Education students and faculty members attend FMEA annually where they are able to listen in on lectures and attend workshops. The choral faculty annually attends ACDA and students are always welcome to apply and attend as well.

Read Musical Athlete Duo to Offer a Masterclass at Stetson

Many students are able to participate in educational conventions as part of their curricular experience. Whether it is performing at the convention or listening to the provided lectures, Stetson students have every opportunity to expand their knowledge and connect with other professionals across the nation.

Read Chadley Ballantyne and Alyson Culbertson Present Collaborative Research at the Voice Foundation 2023 Symposium

Performance Opportunities

Students MiQuan Lamar, Gavin McNabb, Justin Bockstege and Victor Zayas posing otside
Stetson University Tuba and Euphonium quartet advanced to the semifinal round of the International Tuba & Euphonium competition 2023. Students MiQuan Lamar, Gavin McNabb, Justin Bockstege and alumni, Victor Zayas (left to right).

The School of Music offers multiple opportunities for students to take masterclasses with guest lecturers around the nation. These esteemed guests are accomplished individuals who perform nationally or internationally and offer much to learn to upcoming classical musicians and educators.

Read Dr. Dana Varga Presents Masterclass and Lecture at Stetson University

The School of Music often receives musician requests. This is an opportunity for students to dive into the community and play in different venues around the Orlando and DeLand region. Our students are able to create connections with community members and develop collaborative relationships.

Read Stetson Cellists perform for AdventHealth DeLand Staff and Patients

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Workshops are another wonderful avenue for students to continue their professional development. Our students are encouraged to attend music workshops or other related workshops to achieve a well-rounded education with exposure to multiple educational resources.

Read Ian Owens Attends Natural Horn Workshop at Indiana University

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Stetson School of Music students have multiple opportunities to showcase their talents at local, district, state, and national competitions. Some competitions we take part of include but are not limited to NATS, Giffin Competition (Vocal), Neil and Dolly Huhta (Instrumental), Concerto Competition, Carnegie Hall Competition, National Trumpet Competition and Clarinet Festival. We always encourage our students to participate in as many events as they can to develop their musicianship and professional experiences. 

Professional Development Funding

 Joseph Parr sitting next to organ

“Joseph is deeply grateful to have participated in this program offered by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and is eternally thankful for the guidance he has received from Dr. Jones in his years at Stetson.” 

 Joseph Parr '24

Current Stetson University School of Music students (music majors and minors) who will return in the academic year are able to request financial assistance for professional development opportunities. Funding requests can be made at any time throughout the academic year. Requests are approved at the discretion of the Dean and applied faculty members.

Projects may include but are not limited to:

  • Enrolling in music festivals during the year or in the summer
  • Internships
  • Attending or presenting at conferences
  • Performing (solo and chamber ensembles)
  • National and international touring
  • Attending residencies and workshops
  • Recording projects
  • Performing in competitions

Resource to apply for funding: