Dr. Amy Bombard, Chair
The performing arts department provides opportunities for students to learn how to communicate effectively through music and dramatic performance. Practical, biblically integrated programs prepare students for both graduate school and job opportunities in Christian organizations and secular businesses. Speech training enhances any area of study by developing responsible oral communication skills and increasing one’s overall possibility of success. Therefore,
all students take at least one semester of speech.
The music major equips students with a comprehensive approach to technique, musicianship, and communication to honor the Lord through music.
The performance studies major trains students to effectively communicate with an audience as a Christian performer.
Bachelor of Arts Degree
The purpose of the music major is to equip students with a comprehensive
approach to technique, musicianship, and communication
to honor the Lord through music.
Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the music program will be able to
- articulate a Christian-traditional philosophy of music;
- produce public music performances showing advanced proficiency;
- demonstrate a working knowledge of harmonic principles, compositional techniques, and aural skills;
- employ pedagogical techniques for music students of various
- integrate current music technology and computer applications
in various settings; and
- communicate concisely and effectively about music in oral
and written formats.
Music Major with Instrumental, Keyboard, and Vocal Emphases
Performance Studies Major
The purpose of the performance studies major is to develop
Christian performers who effectively communicate with an audience.
Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the performance studies program
will be able to
- articulate a biblical worldview of dramatic performance;
- incorporate credible research and analysis in platform presentations;
- interpret poetry, prose, and dramatic literature, communicating
an intellectual and emotional understanding of the text;
- create vivid characterizations with textual integrity;
- communicate narrative elements, reflecting emotional sensitivity;
- display a working knowledge of nonverbal communication;
- use proper vocal technique in platform performance; and
- stage platform presentations which are aesthetically pleasing.
Students are taught from a traditional philosophy which balances
the theory and technique of the discipline with practical application.
Special emphasis is given to training the performer to meet the artistic
needs of Christian ministries and to develop God-honoring servant-leaders
who will exhibit a Christ-centered focus in their professional
and personal lives.
Performance Studies Major