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Program Overview

Each fall for the past 12 years the Accademia dell’Arte in partnership with Furman University has offered a fully accredited, intensive, conservatory-style music program, “Music in Italy.”

In addition to the Italian language component offered at the Accademia, students study applied music (voice, keyboard or instrumental) in individual, weekly lessons and coaching sessions with Italian music teachers. Furman faculty members teach a music history survey course (17th through 19th century Western Music), a basic conducting class, and an interdisciplinary, experiential course, “Italian Art and Culture.” A highlight of this last course is a four-day series of excursions and lectures led by Furman Art Professor, Robert Chance that reveal the richness of Tuscany’s stunning array of visual art and architecture.

Students will also take part in performances of chamber music and solo recitals both at the Accademia and in local venues, including the historically significant “Casa del Petrarca.”  Regular concert attendance in Florence and overnight excursions to Milan and Venice give students further appreciation for the marvels of Italian life and culture, as do independent travel opportunities during a week-long fall break.

Application procedure requires submission of supplemental materials by May 15. For further information on the fall music program student application process, contact

Courses (3 credits each for non-Furman students):

  • Music History
  • Introduction to Conducting
  • Applied Music Lessons
  • Italian Art and Culture
  • Italian Language I or II

For more specific information see the Furman University website.


Fall 2018: August 31 – 27 November

Fall Break: October 13 – 21

Application Deadline: April 1, 2018

PLEASE NOTE: The dates above include arrival and departure. The Accademia dell’Arte does not accommodate students before or after these dates.

APPLY NOW for this program.

This program is provided in partnership with Furman University.

The Accademia dell’Arte undergraduate program is fully accredited by Hendrix College.



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