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Music Programs

Music Programs


Florida Gulf Coast University accepted its first class of music majors in the fall of 2006, nine years after the university opened its doors in 1997. The Bower School of Music was established with the support of a gift from Alan and Marilyn Korest in memory of Edwin H. Bower, Marilyn Korest’s father and a well-loved Naples philanthropist.

Through specialized curricula and extensive general education offerings, the Bower School of Music seeks to prepare professionals for service in music performance and pedagogy and in related fields. The Bower School of Music offers three Music degree programs: Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in Music (Performance), Bachelor of Music Therapy, and, beginning in September 2018, Bachelor of Arts in Music.

In the fall of 2010, the Bower School of Music moved into a new 23,000-square-foot, two-story signature facility overlooking a scenic lake and wetlands in a developing arts corridor on the main campus of the University. Already a destination site for the greater community, the building houses an attractive grand lobby; a 3,260-square-foot, 210-seat Recital Hall with superb acoustics and sightlines; a large rehearsal hall; faculty studios; practice rooms; classrooms; technology and keyboard laboratories; and a music ensemble library.

Welcome to our web page, and thank you for your interest. You will find additional details here. Please tell us if you need further information, and visit in person when you can.

Cathy Albergo, Ed.D.
Director, Bower School of Music & the Arts