Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Fine and Performing Arts degrees

Fine Arts unit mission

The mission of the Fine Art Department is to foster artistic excellence by:   

  • Broadening visual and verbal artistic communication;  

  • Building a formal foundation for understanding and creating art;  

  • Providing an atmosphere for student lifelong self-motivation and self-teaching;  

  • Providing a broad base for knowledge of studio art and art history, as well as knowledge of the contributions of African Americans to art; and

  • Understanding and appreciating the role and artists in today’s society.  

We do this by developing creative and artistic skills and increasing exposure to various disciplines in art.

Music unit mission

The mission of the Music unit is to prepare a diverse group of learners for success in performance, education, and music technology by readying them for graduate studies or today’s job market. Through rigorous study in the music core, graduates are ready to be effective K-12 teachers, classical and jazz performers, and commercial artists. The unit promotes the music of underrepresented composers and arrangers and equips students to successfully navigate diverse working environments. Music faculty seek to maintain a high level of performance and scholarly activity in their respective areas.

Teaching, performing, and scholarly activity occur live on campus, in various venues throughout the nation, and online.

Music Student Handbook

Art experiential learning

Intern with masters of the field from Proctor & Gamble and the NBA or take a trip to Chicago to see some of the world's finest art.


Invincible Marching Marauders

The sound of the band has been honed under the artful baton of Prof. Blake Gaines.  During his tenure, the IMM performed at Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 2022.  In the 2022-2023 academic year, they are slated to play for the Black College Hall of Fame Classic, the halftime show for the Cincinnati Bengals, and make a return performance at Mardi Gras in New Orleans. 

Band Cleveland Browns

University Chorus

The Central State University Chorus is the flagship choral ensemble at Central State University. It is committed to the advancement of music as an artistic and academic discipline, a viable professional field, and as a prominent presence in the national and international choral ecosystem. 


Music Teachers National Association

With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states and more than 500 local affiliates, MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support in the USA. Members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

First established by Dr. Nanyi Qiang in 2020, the Collegiate Chapter of MTNA at Central State University engages students-centered activities including inviting guest speakers, holding student-led discussions, and presenting benefit recitals.

OMTA Conference 2023

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