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The arts flourish at Florida College, encouraging theory, practice and passion in both curricular and extracurricular activities.  FC has something for every student interested in the arts and we want all interested to be involved.  From the student seeking a bachelor's degree in music to the student who wants to take a break from their classes and feed their love of singing in chorus.

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 minors in Music..  We also offer learning and performing opportunities for students with majors in other areas.

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:                                                                             
"As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
   -1 Peter 4:10

What Some of Our Alumni Are Doing

Recent News

Sarah Appleget ('16) - Elementary Music Teacher, Tampa, FL.
Andrew Jonas ('16) - Middle School Drama, Tampa, FL
Bryce Cline ('16) - Elementary Music Teacher, Tampa, FL
Ben Holloway ('16) - Graduate Studies in Music, University of Miami
Jill (Criswell) Jonas ('15) - Classroom Music Teacher, Tampa, FL.
Ashley Chapman ('14) - Elementary Music Teacher, Mont Belvieu, TX
Amanda (Spires) Simmons ('14) - Professional Violinist, Australia
Zach Johnson ('12) - Professional Pianist, Memphis, TN
Rebecca (Roberts) ('12) -  Elementary Music Teacher, Arlington, TX
Sarah Heaton ('11) - Elementary Music Teacher, Tampa, FL
Leah Richmond ('11) - MS Music Ed @ Harding, Music Teacher, Mt. Dora, FL
Stephanie (Thompson) Martin ('11) - Private Piano Teacher, Tampa, FL
John Westbrooke ('11) - Classroom Music Teacher, Stafford, KS
Clayton McPeak ('10) - Classroom Music Teacher, Tampa, FL
Andrew Ward ('10) - Classroom Music Teacher, Pasco County, FL
Lisa Wilson ('10) - Earned MS from Georgia College & State University, McDonought, GA
Molly Taylor ('09) - Graduate Studies in Music Therapy, Colorado State
Daniel Watkins ('08) - Private Voice Teacher, Ft. Worth, TX
Ashley (Toombs) Barnett ('07) - Owner & teacher of a music studio in Columbia, TN
Alison (Elliott) Johnson ('07) - Production Assistant for "Sugarland", Nashville, TN
Nicole (Mongeon) Pickup ('07) - Professional Tuba Player ("Fanfare Winds"), Tampa, FL
Catherine Taylor ('07) - Piano Teacher: Woodlawn Arts Academy, Rochelle, IL
Sharon Graham ('06) - MS (Music Therapy @ F.S.U.), Music Thearapist, Tampa, FL
Kaitlin ( Taylor ) Landford ('06) - Private voice & piano teacher, Nashville, TN
Jerry Tesch ('06) - MS in Education @ Austin Peay State U., Nashville, TN
Katy ( Coulson ) Compton ('05) - MM Vocal Perf.  (F.S.U.), Professiona Singer, Chicago, IL 
Thayne Washburn ('05) - MM Conducting (U.S.F.), Elementary Music Teacher, Tampa, FL
Chris Harrison ('01) - MM Voice (S.M.U.)  Professional Opera Singer, Dallas, TX
Jessica (Camp) Moore ('00) - Elementary Music Teacher, Temple Terrace, FL

Music Department receives full FLDOE approval
For the past several years, the Florida College Music Department has actively worked towards receiving full approval from the Florida Department of Education. However, when the state decided to alter their procedure, they placed all applications on hold..... . more
Florida College Chorus to travel to Austria
Each year the Florida College Chorus goes on a United States tour during spring break. When the opportunity to add an international competition during the summer emerged, chorus director Dr. Jon Bassett jumped at the opportunity to........ more

Adam Booher Appointed to Head Piano Studies
After Becky Barlar announced her decision to retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year, the search was on to find someone to try and fill the big shoes Mrs. Barlar was leaving behind...... ..more

Becky Barlar Retires After 36 Years​
In May of 2006, piano professor Becky Barlar announced her retire-ment from full-time teaching at Florida College... more .  

Vocalists Compete at NATS
On February 20, vocal students from Florida College gathered at The University of South Florida to compete... . .more
Senior, Andrew Jonas Shines at NATS​
Among the students competing at this year's NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singers) competition, was FC senior Andrew Jonas, who had an amazing day..... . more

Andrew Jonas ('16) graduated with a B.A. in Music after putting up some mighty big numbers while a student at F.C.  He had lead and principle roles in six musicals and plays, took first place in the NATS competition three times and was named Most Promising Student by TBNATS in 2016.  Now teaching in Tampa, Andrew is a fine example of the quality of the music students that come to Florida College.

Many of our students get scholarship offers from some rather prestigious music schools or have the chance to go to a larger programs.  They all tell us that money was never the determining factor, rather what brought them to F.C. was  the spiritual atmosphere and the quality education they knew was available.