Dr. Earl Norwood, Director

Established by the Board of Trustees in 1985, the Division of Fine and Performing Arts enriches the academic and cultural life of the University through the disciplines of Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre. The faculty fulfills this role through teaching, artistic and creative activities, research, and service in the arts. The Division is comprised of the Department of Music, the faculties of Art, Dance, and Theatre, the Vanguard Theatre (production theatre program), the University Bands, and the UT Martin Arts Council.

UT Martin is a full member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and all programs in music are nationally accredited by that organization. Degree Programs in Music Education and Art Education are also accredited by the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

As the academic home of all courses and programs in the arts, the Division is committed to excellence in teaching, creating, producing, performing, and studying aesthetic work of all periods and styles. The many music, theatre, and dance performances and the art exhibits which are presented each year are a significant part of the Division’s program of service to the cultural life of the campus.


The Division of Fine and Performing Arts provides programs leading to the following degrees and majors, plus any options and emphases available. Complete information about these curricula may be found on the following pages.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Fine & Performing Arts Studio Art/Design
Graphic Design
Teaching Art/Design
Bachelor of Music Music Music Education Instrumental (K-12)
Vocal/General (K-12)
Performance Guitar
Instrumental Pedagogy
Piano Pedagogy
Bachelor of Arts Music



Bachelor of Science Music



Each student majoring in one of the division’s programs is assigned to a faculty advisor by the Division Director. It is the advisor’s role to assist the student in making decisions about major/minor programs, career goals, course selection, etc. The final decision in these matters, however, is left to the student. It is the student’s responsibility to understand and to fulfill the requirements leading to the academic degree sought.


Minor programs are offered in Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre. Students seeking a minor in these areas, regardless of their academic major, must declare this intention in the Division office.


The following options are recommended to majors in the Division of Fine and Performing Arts who wish to add them. These options, which have been constructed in consultation with the faculties of the appropriate schools/departments to provide an introduction to the environment of the discipline, may enhance career opportunities when combined with one of the Fine and Performing Arts degrees. These packages of courses may be taken in the elective portions of any of the degree curricula.


        Econ 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
        Econ 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
        Acct 300 Accounting For Non-Business Students (3)
        Mktg 301 Principles of Marketing (3)
        Comm 325 Principles of Advertising (3) or
        Mktg 330 Advertising (3)


        Comm 210 Introduction to Journalism (3)
        Comm 200 News Writing (3)
        Comm 250 Introduction to Broadcasting (3)
        Comm 325 Principles of Advertising (3)
        Comm 360 Television Production (3)

Interior Design

        Int Des 340 Interior Design Applications (3)
        Int Des 442 Interior Design (3)
        Int Des 443 Interior Space Planning (4)
        Int Des 450 Computer Applications in Interior Design (3)
        Int Des 455 Portfolio Development (3)


The Fine Arts Building, opened in 1970, is a modern and attractive facility which provides teaching and rehearsal spaces for the theatre and music programs. The music section contains fifteen teaching studios, 21 practice rooms, an electronic piano laboratory, a choral/recital hall, and instrumental rehearsal hall, and a music technology/graphic design studio. Facilities for theatre include a rehearsal hall, laboratory theatre, dressing rooms, costume laboratory, and scene shop as well as faculty offices. The 500-seat Harriet Fulton Performing Arts Theatre is the setting for concerts, recitals, theatrical productions, and dance performances as well as events in the visiting artists series.

The art program is housed in three spacious studios and a lecture auditorium in Gooch Hall. The Fine Arts Gallery is the location for exhibits of works by faculty, students, and guest artists.

The spacious dance studio is located in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center and features a floating wood floor along with mirrored walls and a performance stage. It is the site of student recitals as well as the fall recital of the Dance Ensemble.


Music scholarships are available for students majoring in music and are awarded by audition on the basis of promising performance and academic success. These generally range from $200 to $800 per year and are renewable until graduation providing that renewal criteria are met. The Harriet Fulton Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding music major.

Band scholarships are available to both music majors and majors in other disciplines who participate in the band program. These scholarships range from $500 to $700 per year and are renewable.

Information and application materials may be obtained by contacting the Chair of the Department of Music, the Director of Bands, or the Division Office.


Participation in performance organizations is open to all students regardless of academic major. Music ensembles include the University Singers, New Pacer Singers, Choral Society, Opera Theatre, Piano Ensemble, Skyhawk Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Pep Bands, and Jazz Band as well as Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Ensembles. Vanguard Theatre is the resident production company for plays and musicals. Dance students perform in the UT Martin Dance Ensemble.

The Division houses two chapters of national professional music fraternities: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (men) and Sigma Alpha lota (women). These organizations emphasize professionalism, creativity, and service in music. A student chapter of the Music Educators National Conference is active in preparing students to enter the teaching profession in music by participation in state, regional, and national conferences.