Raul Murciano, Jr.

Professor Prof. Practice

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Music elevates and enriches the human experience with unparalleled versatility—at its basest it is a marketable commodity, yet, it can serve as a vehicle for group participation and complement our social interactions, in the abstract it can challenge the intellect, and, at its most sublime it can draw the human spirit from the “black-and-white” into “full color.”


Raul Murciano is Associate Dean of Administration and a Full Professor of Practice in the Theory/Composition Department at the Frost School of Music. He is a highly respected performer and composer whose credits encompass more than 40 years of national and international accomplishment in the fields of popular music, film, advertising and multi-media endeavors.  He served as director of the school’s Media Writing and Production program from 1994 through 2011, until he was chosen to serve as Associate Dean of Administration. During his tenure, he has developed the school’s first undergraduate curriculum in Commercial Music Composition and taught courses in musicology, including Introduction to Cuban Music and an overview on the music of Latin America.

Professor Murciano is considered an expert in the field of Cuban music and has been interviewed on the subject by numerous local and national news networks including CNN. He has also served as consultant and/or commentator for several Latin music videos. He has lectured on the subject of contemporary Cuban art music at the Instituto San Carlos in Key West, Florida, conducted master classes on improvisation and compositional aesthetics at the Liceu Conservatorio in Barcelona, Spain, and headlined a speaking engagement at the Law Firm of Carlton Fields during the National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. He has also worked with the Grammy-nominated timba group Tiempo Libre, creating orchestral arrangements that have been performed by major orchestras throughout the world.

Born in Miami, Florida, Associate Dean Murciano began his musical training at the piano at the age of six. At the age of 18 he was accepted to the University of Miami’s Honors Program where he pursued his undergraduate studies, beginning first in Music, and later transferring to Civil Engineering. He returned a decade later to earn Master (1993) and Doctoral (1996) degrees in composition. Along with Emilio Estefan, Professor Murciano was a founding member of The Miami Sound Machine (Gloria Estefan). He has also toured in Europe, Latin America, and the United States as keyboardist with José Luís “El Puma” Rodríguez and many other Latin artists.

Since 2001 Professor Murciano has been collaborating with violinist/composer Alfredo Triff, first on a series of avant-garde techno-based musical vignettes titled “Mind Tranz,” released to positive reviews in Europe. Subsequent collaborations with Triff yielded “Boleros Perdidos” featuring vocalists Aymee Nuviola and Roberto Poveda that led to live performances throughout Florida. The two most recent jazz collaborations with Triff include “Miami Untitled” (2013) and “Parodies” (2015), both, full CD jazz-based collaborations.

Associate Dean Murciano has composed and recorded literally hundreds of “behind-the-scenes” musical productions for radio and television. With a client list that includes well over separate 100 accounts, he is recognized both nationally and internationally for his work in the field of advertising and has been cited numerous times for his creativity and imagination, receiving several prestigious bronze, silver, and gold Addy awards. He has taught workshops and given lectures on the subject of commercial music production, and was cited in Michael Zager’s industry textbook, Writing Music for Television and Radio Commercials. He has also served as adjudicator and panelist on talent shows and roundtable discussions.

Professor Murciano’s numerous compositional credits also include the motion picture scores for the films “Love Bizarre,” “The Victims,” “Living Dreams,” “Stalemate,” “Framed,” “Si Mi Hijo,” “Harmony,” and “Disillusioned.” He also collaborated with Mexican opera composer Daniel Catán on the score for the motion picture “I’m Losing You,” starring Rosanne Arquette and Frank Langella. In 2006 he composed the music for the feature-length summer comedy, “Gringo Wedding,” released concurrently in the US and South America.

Associate Dean Murciano remains very active in the area of art music composition. His “Octet for Woodwinds” garnered the national Abraham Frost Prize in Composition, prompting an entry for this achievement in the United States Congressional Record. His original scoring and recording of the music for the ballet “Bernarda Alba” (commissioned by Ballet Concerto of Miami) was premiered at the Dade County Auditorium, for which he received a commendation from the Mayor of Miami in recognition of his accomplishments in the Arts and his “...contribution to the enhancement of Miami’s cultural image.” His “First Symphony (Celebración)” for orchestra and narration with original text by Carlos A. Díaz, was recently performed by the Frost Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of Maestro Thomas Sleeper. Other large-scale works include “La Caza” for soprano, tenor, full chorus and chamber orchestra, and “En Memoria.” Associate Dean Murciano’s electronic work, “Syncopation Etude,” was used as the musical theme for the weekly radio program, “Music of The Americas” on WTMI (South Florida’s Classical Music station at 93.1 FM). He served as host of this radio program throughout its entire four-year run.          

Professor Murciano is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) Grammy Awards, cofounder and director of the international Association for Popular Music Education (APME), member of Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), the University of Miami’s Heritage Society, and was elected to membership in Alpha Epsilon Lambda (National Honor Society for Graduate Students) and Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society). He is also past newsletter editor and vice president of the University of Miami chapter of The Society of Composers, Inc. For the past 40 years he has been affiliated with BMI as both a writer and music publisher.


Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience

Career Highlights 

  • Civil Engineer
  • Cofounder/pianist of the hit group Miami Sound Machine (Gloria Estefan)
  • Pianist on World Tour with Jose Luis “El Puma” Rodriguez
  • Musical Director/Conductor for numerous Latin artists
  • Founding Member of avant garde composer’s/performer’s consortium, Mental Groove
  • Orchestral arrangements for Grammy-nominated group, Tiempo Libre, performed by 14 orchestras, world-wide
  • Subject matter expert on Cuban music

Honors, Awards & Competitions

  • Recipient of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Addy Awards for advertising work
  • National Abraham Frost Prize in Composition
  • Commendation from the Mayor of Miami for of accomplishments in the Arts and “...contribution to the enhancement of Miami’s cultural image”
  • Inclusion in the United States Congressional Record for musical production of the ballet, Bernarda Alba


  • Numerous albums with Miami Sound Machine and many other Latin artists
  • Contributing producer/arranger on Grammy-nominated CD, Luisa Maria Güell, UNO,
  • Numerous film soundtracks
  • Keyboardist on various avant-jazz CD projects with Alfredo Triff, including: Boleros Perdidos, Miami Untitled, and Parodies
  • Music recorded for over 100 advertising clients, totalling over 700 cuts of music


  • Affiliate Writer/Publisher; BMI (Raul Murciano, Jr. Publishing); 35 works


  • 48 works registered with US Library of Congress