In the arts progam at Florida College, we encourage theory, practice and passion in both curricular and extracurricular activities. FC has something for every student interested in the arts; we want all interested to be involved. From the student seeking a bachelor’s degree in music to the student who simply wants to feed their love of singing in chorus, any student can find a place to succeed.

Accredited by SACS (The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and NASM (The National Association of Schools of Music), Florida College offers the BA in Music, the BS in Music Education, as well as a minor in Music. We also offer learning and performing opportunities for students with majors in other disciplines.

Our goal is to teach and train students in a context appropriate to the college’s overall emphasis on spiritual, mental, physical, and social development. We firmly believe in God’s word and strive to live and teach according to His will.


Dr. Jon Bassett Department Chair 813.988.5131 x304

David's Story

David Cluff came to Florida College to study in the new music education program in hopes of one day serving as a middle-school or high-school band director…

The Bachelor of Arts in music at Florida College is a liberal arts degree that allows students to study a broad music curriculum while providing extensive opportunities for improving performance skills. In addition to the general education core, students will study music theory, music history, music technology and conducting. They can participate in ensembles, take piano and voice classes, and receive private lessons on their principal instrument or voice, culminating in a senior recital.

The Bachelor of Science in music education prepares students to meet state certification requirements for teaching music at all levels in schools. In addition to the general education core and required Bible classes, a music education major requires a music core consisting of music theory, music history, music technology, conducting, ensembles and private lessons on a principal instrument or voice. The professional education and music education courses include pre-internship field experiences in schools and culminate in a semester-long internship. Graduation requirements include passing grades on three Florida teacher certification exams: the General Knowledge Test, the Professional Education Exam and the Subject Area Exam for Music K–12.

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