Musical Arts

College of Music

"The power of music"

Musical Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Musical Arts
8 semesters
Teaching Mode
Face to Face Learning

Musical Arts has two programs: Composition for Contemporary Media and Performance of Contemporary Music.

Both programs are developed based on new trends in the music industry in the country and worldwide. They use cutting-edge technologies in different musical fields such as notation, editing, sequencing, and recording.

The Musical Arts graduate of both programs can demonstrate not only extensive knowledge to develop as a performer, composer, singer-songwriter, arranger, and cultural manager, but can also play an important role as part of a new generation of professional musicians and entrepreneurs, all of which is based on the constant advancement of the national and international music industry.


The Contemporary Music Performance program focuses on the study of contemporary music. The instrumental class takes place within a scenic and improvisational field.


The College of Music (CoM) of the University of San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), is the most important music department in Ecuador. 20 years ago, the school took on the responsibility of preparing, strengthening, supporting, and growing with the country's musicians. A member of the prestigious Berklee Global Partner (BGP), the CoM has become an important point of reference for teaching contemporary music and music production worldwide.

Articulation program with Berklee

The program consists of the direct transfer of courses from the CoM-USFQ to Berklee (Boston), thus allowing for the possibility of CoM students to complete their education at the Berklee College of Music in two years.

Additionally, Berklee offers the best students of the CoM scholarships annually, as well as: exchange programs for a semester or a year on the Valencia campus and the opportunity to participate in one of its master's programs in both Boston and Valencia. The Berklee College of Music has been the world's leading contemporary music school for more than half a century. Its students, alumni, and teachers have won more than 250 Grammys and Latin Grammys, among other important awards.

Guest artists
Every semester the CoM offers clinics and seminars with top-level international artists, both in the music and production fields, some of whom are artists-in-residence who teach classes on campus for a specified period of time. The CoM has received artists such as: John Abercrombie, Alex Alvear, Jeff Berlin, Dennis Chambers, Taylor Eigsti, Mark Ferber, Scott Henderson, Jonathan Kreisberg, Sebastian Krys, Orlando Fleming, Omar Martínez, Ron McClure, Maria Elena Mexia, Mike Moreno, Adam Nussbaum, Ted Poor, Antonio Sánchez, Will Vinson, Screaming Headless Torsos, etc.

Berklee Clinics
The CoM has received outstanding Berklee professors such as: John Baboian, Greg Badolato, Leonardo Blanco, Jason Camelio, Consuelo Candelaria-Barry, Rebecca Cline, Ernesto Diaz, Rick DiMuzio, Jon Finn, David Fiuczynski, Vanessa Garde, Skip Hadden, Jon Hazilla, Gael Hedding, Rob Jaczko, Bertram Lehmann, John Lockwood, Winston Maccow, Ron Mahdi, Alain Mallet, Tiger Okoshi, Jim Odgren, Anne Peckham, Rick Peckham, Bruno Raberg, Susan Rogers, Daniela Schachter, Oscar Stagnaro, Bob Stoloff, Robert Schlink, Bob Tamagni, Mark Walker, Stephen Webber, Mark White, Scott deOgburn, Roberta Radley, Norman Zocher, and Steve Bailey, among others.

We are the first University in Ecuador to create a student chapter of the AES (Audio Society), the “USFQ AES Student Chapter”, allowing students to be part of the most important association of sound engineers in the world.

We have:
The best infrastructure in the country.
The best music technology equipment.
The largest number of graduate-level music professors.
Scholarship possibilities within USFQ.
Exchanges between Berklee Boston and USFQ College of Music.
A large percentage of students obtain scholarships for Beklee Boston.
The possibility of pursuing a Masters in Berklee Valencia.

Professional field

The graduate of the Music Performance program in Musical Arts student is trained to pursue their profession as a creative musician or performer, music director, composer, and arranger in the new fields technology and its new applications offer, as well as the ability to perform competitively in the traditional, orthodox field of music in Ecuador.

Testimonials from our graduates

"My experience at USFQ was to reform basic values ​​of understanding music, to understand that theory without practice does not exist, and that the most important thing is to be able to admire your professors. They are the ones who guide you in finding a voice that reflects your personality."

- Raúl Molina -  ​​

"As a foreign student, leaving my country, culture, and family was not easy. However, finding an institution with such a clear vision, a totally enriching program, and a feeling of passion communicated by each of its professors, gave me the strength to keep going. At the CoM I found an environment which was, is, and will be essential to my professional development. The professors and students were able to communicate their experiences to me, thus creating a proactive environment that encourages the study of music. Additionally, I have been able to learn and play with musicians from various parts of the world, which gives me more tools, perspectives, and ideas every day to continue my professional life."

- Julian Franji (Argentina) -

 "Attending the CoM was not only a learning opportunity but one for growth. After being a jazz emissary in 2008 and recording my album "Pasional "in the University studies, the classrooms were truly the extension of my dreams, the professors an example and the support was always unconditional ".

- Alexandra Cabanilla -

"My experience at the CoM was more than I expected. I met musicians who became my family and colleagues with whom I could undertake my lifelong musical projects. Each professor and administrative member made me feel like I had a home away from home. The musical approach, unique in Latin America, gave me the tools to become involved in the professional world in a practical and safe way."

- Laura Rey (Colombia) -

 "The CoM has given me a unique experience in music education, which allowed me to understand the music field from a personal and professional perspective. The academic professionals at CoM are of the highest level, and they all provided me with great support and an honest education. I have learned that music has no limits and that teamwork and camaraderie is vital in order to advance in the workplace."

- Peter Troya -

Academic Faculty

Contact image