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Program Overview

Since 2004 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, instrumental, or keyboard) in individual weekly lessons and coaching sessions with Italian music teachers.  Furman faculty members teach a music history course (17th through 19th century Western Music), a basic conducting class, and an interdisciplinary, experiential course, “Italian Art and Culture.” A highlight of that course is a series of excursions and lectures revealing the richness of Tuscany’s stunning array of visual art and architecture.  Students also collaborate in several “Movement for Musicians” sessions taught by Accademia dell’Arte faculty, which allow them to spend calss time together with the Accademia’s theatre students.

Students also take part in performances of chamber music and solo recitals both at the Accademia and in local venues.  Regular concert attendance in Florence, overnight excursions, along with independent travel opportunities during a week-long fall break, provide students with ample opportunity to experience the cultural life of Western Europe.

Application procedure requires submission of supplemental materials by May 15. For further information on the 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 2021: August 30 – December 3

Fall Break: October 9 – 17

Application Deadline: April 1

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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