UCF School of Performing Arts Fall 2020 FAQ

UCF Music Department

The mission and goals of UCF Music and UCF Performing Arts are as follows:

Performing Arts Mission

The School of Performing Arts produces outstanding practitioners, educators and scholars in Music and Theatre , while fostering a strong relationship between the community and the artists . The School enhances all of the programs at UCF with access to high-level performances and emphasis on the critical importance of creating art while encouraging creativity and innovation across all disciplines. We serve our campus and community with research and creative activities that innovate, inspire, entertain and enlighten. While the sciences explain what makes us live, the arts make life worth living.

Music Mission

The UCF Department of Music recognizes that music is basic to the human condition; that music promotes inclusiveness, diversity and understanding in a global society; that music enhances creativity, the source of all human progress; and that music elevates the human spirit. The primary mission of the Department of Music is to promote the musical arts by providing our students with the best education possible and by providing meaningful and diverse experiences in performance, education, composition, scholarly research, and service to the university, Orlando metropolitan area, state, and beyond.

Goals

  1. Offering outstanding undergraduate programs in music that provide students with the comprehensive knowledge, skills, and experiences to be successful and sophisticated creators, performers, educators, scholars, and consumers of music.
  2. Offering progressive and flexible graduate programs in music.
  3. Cultivating and sustaining regional, state, national and international collaborations and partnerships with professional and educational organizations.
  4. Promoting inclusiveness and diversity in curricula; performances; scholarly research and creative activities; and faculty, staff, and students.
  5. Providing quality performances, workshops, clinics, master classes and music camps to students, music educators, and the general public.

Accreditation

The University of Central Florida Department of Music was established in 1968. The UCF Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), with the department’s initial NASM accreditation being awarded in 1981. The Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) is a Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) state-approved educator preparation program which meets requirements for K-12 Music teacher certification. The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Additional information regarding the university’s SACSCOC accreditation is provided by UCF’s Academic Program Quality unit within the Office of Academic Affairs.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The University of Central Florida School of Performing Arts considers the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff to be a strength and critical to its educational mission. UCF expects every member of the university community to contribute to an inclusive and respectful culture for all in its classrooms, work environments, and at campus events. Dimensions of diversity can include but are not limited to sex, race, age, size, national origin, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, intellectual and physical ability, sexual orientation, income, faith and non-faith perspectives, socio-economic class, political ideology, education, primary language, family status, military experience, cognitive style, and communication style. The individual intersection of these experiences and characteristics must be valued in our community.

Members of the UCF School of Performing Arts are committed to actively listening to perspectives that are different than their own, and actively affirming and including different perspectives in the creative process, including but not limited to sex, race, age, size, national origin, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, intellectual and physical ability, sexual orientation, income, faith and non-faith perspectives, socio-economic class, political ideology, education, primary language, family status, military experience, cognitive style, and communication style. We aim to demonstrate our commitment to diversity through selection of content to be performed, course content, recruitment, leadership, faculty makeup, and a constantly evolving conversation with students, faculty, patrons, and the UCF community.

We, as members or the School of Performing Arts,

  1. Will not tolerate racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, religious intolerance, ageism, or hate speech in any form.
    1. "Racism is a marriage of racist policies and racist ideas that produces and normalizes racial inequities.”
  2. Affirm that students, faculty and staff will be heard, acknowledged, supported, and safe from any retribution for expressing their needs and opinions.
  3. Will reflect equity and diversity in the curriculum, theatre season selection, concert selections, marketing, leadership and casting.
  4. Will strive to ensure that artistic and creative teams pursue inclusion on those teams of the people whose stories they are telling, so that the stories of diverse ethnic and social backgrounds are told responsibly. All teams should reflect the diversity of the student body whenever possible.
  5. We will take an interdisciplinary approach to equity and diversity, both at UCF and in our Orlando community.
  6. Support all members of the School of Performing Arts community to include their personal pronouns in their email signatures.
  7. Will establish and clearly display Conflict Resolution Paths to assist students, faculty, and staff in seeking help for problems in the classroom, rehearsal hall, or otherwise. Members of the Conflict Resolution Path will be trained.
Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Phone: 407-823-2869 Fax: 407-823-3378 • E-mail: ucfmusic@ucf.edu