Performing Arts Department
Dr. Amy Bombard, Chair
The Master of Fine Arts in dramatics and the Master of Arts in performance studies balance the
theory and technique of their respective
disciplines with practical application.
These programs provide advanced training in directing and staging dramatic
productions and personal interpretation
while further developing the student’s
research skills. Students are taught from
a traditional philosophy with special
emphasis given to training directors and
performers to meet the artistic needs of
The Master of Arts degree in music provides the graduate student with
advanced training and performance
in his emphasis. The
student receives further training in particular
periods of music history and in
form, style, and techniques in musical
literature for piano,
voice, choral, or
Dramatics or Performance Studies: Applicants also need at least
18 semester credits of interpretive
speech on the undergraduate level and
must audition in person. Those living
beyond 400 miles from Pensacola
may submit a high-quality video recording.
Music: Applicants must have
majored in music on the undergraduate
level. Music applicants must audition
in person. Those living beyond 400
miles from Pensacola may submit a
high-quality video recording. An entrance examination in music theory (sight singing, dictation, part writing, harmonic and formal analysis) is required. Applicants who do not earn a satisfactory score on the exam must take a review course in the appropriate area with no graduate credit.
Graduate students in voice must be proficient in oral pronunciation and principles of IPA transcription. A diagnostic diction exam will be offered in conjunction with the graduate platform at the end of a student’s first semester of study. Students receiving a lower than satisfactory score on the diagnostic exam are required to take a review course during the following spring.
in this graduate program is dependent
upon an ongoing evaluation of the
student’s abilities. A student may be
removed at any time from this program
if, in the opinion of the faculty/administration,
the student fails to perform
satisfactorily or improve sufficiently
in the appropriate skill, regardless of
the student’s academic average in the
A student earning a “C+” or lower in
any private lesson or practicum course
may be required to repeat that course.
A student cannot repeat a private lesson
or practicum course more than one time.
Upon the student’s earning a “C+” or
lower in another private lesson or practicum
course, the Graduate Committee
reviews the student’s status to determine if
he can continue in his graduate program.
See Graduation Requirements.
Master of Fine Arts Degree [M.F.A.]
Master of Arts Degree [M.A.]