Music Program Statement of Purpose

The Music Program at Florida Memorial University has a special focus on students reared in the oral musical traditions of the African Diaspora such as jazz, gospel, R&B, and the many genres and instrumental styles of Latin and Caribbean music and is accredited by the National Association of School of Music –

These students have tremendous technical ability but may lack the necessary theoretical knowledge.  The program endeavors to bring the students’ theoretical ability on par with their tremendous musical skills by the end of their matriculation at Florida Memorial University. Students may choose from the Music degree offerings in the program. 

The Bachelor of Music is a professional degree in Music.  It is offered in either Church Music or Jazz Studies.  These programs are designed to place qualified individuals in the profession of music as performers or directors.  The curriculum provides for the cultivation of requisite skills, the acquisition of professional knowledge, and the development of aesthetic appreciation with opportunities for research and internships with professional organizations and businesses which will prepare them for numerous employment opportunities and graduate studies.  The Bachelor of Science degree in Music (K-12) provides students with educational theory, methods of teaching and management principles and practices.  This teacher preparation program has a broad foundation in many academic areas and specialization in all general areas of music. 

The Bachelor of Arts degree is a liberal arts degree with a major in music.  Students are exposed to a broad program of general education and are allowed to incorporate eighteen elective credits in an area of their choice.  This allows students to prepare for graduate studies in or entry into areas such as Music Therapy, Music Business, Technology, and Law.  Emphasis is placed upon development of musicianship, performing ability and overall student growth.

Mission of the Music Program

The Music Program supports the mission of the department and the university as a whole.  The program assists students and faculty in the development of their full potential, active engagement in the community and the global music industry, and in other creative and intellectual endeavors.

Goals of the Music Program

  1. To prepare students to teach in the educational system.
  2. To prepare students to direct music programs and ensembles.
  3. To prepare students to arrange, compose and perform music.
  4. To prepare students for graduate study.

Objectives of the Music Program

  1. Students will have a general knowledge of music history.  Students will be able to identify style periods and possible composers (in writing and orally) of Western music from the Medieval through the beginning of the 21st Century.
  2. Students will be able to identify historical trends and genre from the African tradition as well as significant styles of jazz, pop and religious music.
  3. Students will also be able to identify cultural and historical forces that shaped music and be able to communicate these ideas verbally and in written form.
  4. Students will have the ability to hear and recognize elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, structure and form.
  5. Students will have the ability to work with and apply the latest music technologies.
  6. Students will have the ability to compose, arrange and improvise on an intermediate level.
  7. Students will demonstrate ability by successfully completing a final performance recital or internship.