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Music in Italy
Arezzo, Italy
Program Terms: Fall
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: Furman applicants only
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Bill Thomas - Music, Laura Kennedy - Music Areas of Study: Music, Music Education
Prerequisites: Yes Type of Course Credit: Furman course credit
Credit Hours Per Term: 16 credits Program Features: Applied Music
Eligible Class Status: 02 - Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior Applicable Financial Aid: Federal Aid, Furman Institutional Aid, Furman Merit Based Scholarships, State Aid, Study Away Scholarship
Housing: Dormitory/ Residence Hall
Program Description:

Arezzo, Italy
 Fall Term


Every fall, a dozen students take up a semester-long residence in Arezzo, Italy, where they are taught both by Furman and Italian teachers in courses that include conducting, music history, and Italian language. One-on-one studio instruction is the central component of the program, and each student works closely with an accomplished Italian artist who helps prepare them for performances that take place in a variety of configurations and venues. Our program is open to juniors and seniors in all music degree programs and to non-majors with significant musical backgrounds.

Arezzo is a small city in southeastern Tuscany, located between Florence and Sienna. It is surrounded by picturesque hills that boast centuries-old vineyards and olive groves. Arezzo has a well-preserved medieval walled center and many beautiful churches and other buildings that date back to the 12th century. Located on Italy's main rail line, Arezzo is less than an hour from Florence, and less than two hours from Rome. Multiple-day field trips to Rome and Venice are included in the program.

There will also be opportunities for students to travel on their own in small groups. Course-related trips will be made to Florence, Venice, Rome, Sienna, Assisi, and other towns in Tuscany.


Students will typically take a full course load of 16 credits.

Courses offered by Furman faculty include:

Music History II (MUS 320)
This is a required course for all music degrees and deals with the development of musical style, covering the period from c. 1650 to c. 1890.  Representative examples of music are discussed with an emphasis on social-historical context.  (Since Italy was at the center of many of these developments – opera, concerto, oratorio, etc., the location of this program is particularly significant.) Full course - 4 credits.

Basic Conducting (MUS 352)
This is a required course for all music majors and covers the basic skills required of a conductor:  beat patterns, cuing, expressive and functional use of the left hand, introduction to score study, and developing a critical awareness of conducting as a musical discipline.  (Since observation of conductors is a component of the course, students are able to use their frequent attendance at concerts for this purpose.)  Half course - 2 credits.

Italian Arts and Culture (MUS 329)
This course is an interdisciplinary, experiential study of select musical, artistic and architectural treasures of Italy, with emphasis on those of the Tuscan region. Visits to churches and museums in Florence, Siena, Cortona, Assisi, Rome, Venice and Milan are preceded by student presentations focused on the sites to be visited.  Students keep a regularly updated electronic journal describing reactions and insights gained from exposure to the sights, sites, sounds and experiences that are an integral part of the Music in Italy program.   The course serves as an upper-level elective in the music major, or for general elective credit.  Half course – 2 credits.

Applied and Chamber Music Coaching
The Furman faculty in Italy supervise performance studies lessons (individual instruction in the instrument or voice of the student’s major) and coaching sessions taught by local faculty, evaluate performances for Performance Studies, organize on- and off-site performances, prepare end-of-term jury evaluations, and coach chamber music groups.  A recent project (September 2012) was preparation and performance of the Brahms “Neue Liebeslieder Walzer” by six singers and three pianists.  Half course - 2 credits

Courses offered by Italian faculty include:

Beginning Italian (Language and Culture) (ITL 101) 
This elective course taught by native Italians is structured to give students essential skills in speaking, reading and writing the Italian language.  With the meeting schedule of the course “front loaded,” students quickly develop conversational skills, and an appreciation not only for the language, but for Italian culture and customs as well.  The fact that Arezzo is a small city off the beaten tourist path where English is rarely heard, allows our students use their new language skills in every-day interactions in the community.  Full course - 4 credits


Intermediate Italian (Language and Culture) (ITL 201)
Because we now select the students for this program in late fall, those who are interested and able elect to take the basic Italian course in the spring term at Furman.  This allows them to continue building their Italian language skills in Arezzo by taking a level two Italian language course.  Two of the thirteen students taking part in the 2010 program are now enrolled in this intermediate course. Full course - 4 credits

Performance Studies (Studio Instruction) MUS 500’s
Studio instruction is offered in all instruments and in voice.  Students meet for weekly lessons one-on-one with the Italian artist faculty and work on technique and repertoire appropriate to their individual instrument and their level of musical achievement, as well as in small ensembles for chamber music coached by Furman faculty (see above).  There are open-to-the-public “showcase” performances that feature all of the Furman students and the Furman faculty members in residence (again, see above).   All students are exposed also to master teachers who regularly visit the campus of the Accademia dell’Arte as guest lecturers and artists.  Each student enrolled for applied music study also takes part in an “Alexander” movement seminar – this done in collaboration with the Theater program of the Accademia.  A juried performance at the end of the term is required of all students.  Full course - 4 credits


Though the program is designed primarily for junior or senior music majors, students from other disciplines who have sufficient musical background are invited to apply.    Non-majors who are interested in the program should contact the Director to discuss whether their backgrounds project success in upper-level music courses.


Classes, lessons and accommodations are at the Accademia dell'Arte which makes its home in the beautiful Villa Godiola. This building is a 16th-century former bishop's palace surrounded by grape vines and olive groves overlooking Arezzo. The recently renovated rooms are bright, airy, dormitory style accommodations, each with two single beds and a private bathroom. Meals are provided in the academy's dining room, Monday through Friday.

There are opportunities to perform in several different settings both at the Accademia dell'Arte and further afield. Venues include theaters and churches in Arezzo and Florence, and the Lyceo Musicale in Arezzo.


The program is available for the same cost as a semester of on-campus study. The program fee includes the cost of travel from Greenville to Arezzo, tuition including applied lessons, accommodation, meals Monday through Friday, and course-related travel within Italy.


Not included in the program fee are books and music, other individual travel, weekend meals, and other expenses such as gifts, phone calls, entertainment, or gelato.


The Music in Italy program is less than 90 days in duration, so students will not be eligible to receive a student visa. Students must comply with the Schengen Area regulations, which permit a stay of up to 90 days within continental Europe within a 180 day period. This affects Furman students who plan to participate in a continental European May Ex (or independent summer/winter travel in Europe) immediately prior to or after a semester in Versailles. For more information about the Schengen zone regulations, please visit the U.S. State Department website.


This program is not accepting online applications. You must download a paper copy of the Music in Italy Application, fill it out and return it to the the Music Department. Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Monday November 4, 2013

For more information, visit the Music in Italy website.

This program is currently not accepting applications.