Fine Arts Department


The Fine Arts Department prepares students for careers in performance, teaching, music ministry, and other music-related careers.  Within a Christ-centered environment, this department develops students’ overall musicianship through:  (1) applied performance (private lessons on piano, voice, or guitar), culminating in the Senior recital, (2) group performance, (3) the practice of aural dictation, sight singing, harmonic analysis, part-writing and beginning composition exercises, (4) the study of classical and sacred music from all periods of music history, and, for those taking musical theatre courses, broadway-style music. 


The Fine Arts Department offers two degrees: the Bachelor of Arts in Music, which requires a minor, and the Bachelor of Science in Worship Arts, which does not require a minor. Students who hope to pursue a graduate degree in Performance, Music History, or Music Theory/Composition, usually choose the BA in Music degree.   Students enrolled in the BA in Music degree program who do not wish to minor outside of music, may complete the Musical Theatre Minor for the Music Major. 


While both Bachelor degrees require the performance of standard classical repertoire, the BS in Worship Arts is designed for those interested in music ministry. It is a well-balanced program that grounds students in both the historical foundations and contemporary forms and styles of Christian worship, equipping the student for music ministry in the local church.  Worship Arts majors are exposed to a variety of styles of worship music and have opportunities to plan and lead worship in such courses as Hymnology, Contemporary Worship Music, Writing Songs for Worship, and Worship Band.


The Fine Arts Department encourages talented students whose majors are outside of music to consider one of the following eighteen-hour minors: Music, Worship Arts, and Musical Theater for the Non-Music Major.  Students can also audition for a number of performing groups: Handbells, Chamber Singers, Singers, Women’s Chorus, Worship Band, and Worship Choir.  


 

Course Descriptions

View Fine Arts Department course descriptions.

 

Faculty Contact Information


Jim Turner  -  Fine Arts Department Co-Chair - Choir Director/Instructor of Music
 

Cooper Complex - JC103
 
(501) 205-8868  
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Dr. Earl Johnson -  Fine Arts Department Co-Chair / Associate Professor of Music
 

Cooper Complex JC102
    (501) 205-8816
 
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Suzanne Banister  -  Assistant Professor of Music

Cooper Complex - JC107
    (501) 205-4361  
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Smokey Emerson - adjunct - Instructor of Music
 

Cooper Complex - JC109     (501) 205-8901  
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