Feature Story

Sheeran multiplies support for music department

Thanks to the efforts of music department students and staff, UCF receives scholarship support from Chegg and performance from popular musician, Ed Sheeran.


It started as a Facebook post from textbook rental company Chegg. Dubbed #EdOnCampus, the social media contest would bring popular musician Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud")  to perform at the school who won by casting the most votes.

Dave Schreier, assistant director of Bands in the Department of Music, read the post and jumped on the unique opportunity. Enlisting the help of Tina Fleming, marketing assistant, the two formed a street team to spread the word in the department through Facebook and other, more traditional, avenues.

Ed Sheeran, Jeff Moore, Tina Fleming and Dave Schreier

True to form, Knights rose to the challenge. Fast forward to March and UCF is declared the winner of an exclusive performance by Sheeran. "We thought it would be a great experience for our students," said Jeff Moore, director of the School of Performing Arts and professor of Music. The $10,000 award that accompanied Sheeran's performance was, according to Moore, "a very nice surprise at the end."

And very much needed. "We have many talented music students who are scholarship-worthy and this allows us to help more of them," said Moore.

The Chegg award will be added to the Department of Music's general scholarship fund which, Moore says, will assist a minimum of ten students who have financial need with scholarships of $500 to $1,000 each.


UCF Music

The primary mission of the Department of Music is to promote the musical arts by providing UCF students with the best education possible and providing meaningful and diverse experiences in performance, education, composition, scholarly research and service to the university, the Orlando metropolitan area, the state and beyond.

The Department of Music was established in 1968 and is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), with NASM's initial accreditation being awarded in 1981. Its music education programs are fully accredited by the National Collegiate Association for Teacher Education (NCATE) and lead to teacher certification by the Florida Department of Education (FLDE)

UCF is an All-Steinway school, the first in Florida. All-Steinway schools demonstrate a commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculties with the best equipment possible for the study of music. The only pianos owned by UCF - from the practice rooms to performance spaces - are designed by Steinway & Sons.

To find out more about UCF College of Music please visit their website.

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