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Overview

You're almost always humming or listening to music. Music brings you comfort, and your best friends are all musicians. The major events in your life are associated with music. You are patient and dedicated. You enjoy working with others and introducing them to music. You have dreams of sharing your talent and passion for music with the world.

If this describes you, then the music education degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Cline School of Music faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as a music teacher.

 

Major Description 

 

As a music education major at NGU, you will spend much of your time rehearsing, performing, observing, planning, and teaching. You will learn about learning theories, music theory, instrumental and vocal techniques, instructional strategies, content standards, lesson planning, and classroom management, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own playing and teaching.

By the end of your senior year, you will have completed the observations, benchmark assessments, and teaching experiences to qualify for teacher certification in South Carolina and many other states and countries. Ultimately, the music education degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of music teaching pursuits.

Curriculum

 

The Cline School of Music at NGU offers professional degrees within a strong liberal arts setting, with bachelor's degrees in church music (praise and worship track and seminary track); music education; and music performance. In addition, the university offers the Bachelor of Arts in music, which has a large number of elective courses available to give the student freedom to explore other areas of interest.


As you continue through the program, you will find that the four components of theoretical skills, style recognition, basic keyboard proficiency, and performance proficiency are interrelated, working together to provide the experiences necessary for the development of effective musicians. Additional components are found in the specialized areas of church music, music education, and performance.

 

Faculty Strengths

 

Each Cline School of Music faculty member holds a doctorate or terminal degree in a specialized medium of music; brings a unique set of musical experiences to the classroom; and encourages students to use their musical abilities to reflect the creativity of God.

 Tracks / Concentrations

 

  • Choral music education
  • Elementary music education
  • Instrumental music education
 

Success

Future

Career Opportunities

 

  • Band director
  • Choral director
  • Community music school director or teacher
  • Conductor
  • Early childhood music specialist
  • General music teacher
  • Music supervisor
  • Orchestra director
  • Performer



 

Postgraduate Studies

 

  • North Greenville University
  • Appalachian State University
  • Converse College
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts
  • Winthrop University

 

Employers

 

  • Abbeville County
  • Anderson School District Four
  • Florence County schools
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Greenwood Schools District 55
  • Laurens School District 55
  • Marion County Schools
  • Marlboro County School District
  • School District of Pickens County
  • Richland School District Two
  • Saluda County Schools
  • Sumter School District
  • Union County Schools
  • York County School Division


 

Learning Experience



Hands-On Experience

 

Facilities

The Hayes Fine Arts Center and Turner Chapel at NGU provide you with plenty of space to create and learn music skills. The Hayes Fine Arts Center has faculty studios, the Hamlin Recital Hall, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, Choral Room, and Music Technology Lab. The Instrumental Rehearsal Hall and Choral Room also serve as classrooms and practice facilities. Turner Chapel has 16 practice rooms, additional classrooms, a large performance hall, and a small ensemble rehearsal room. All of these are available even after hours for you to use.

Performances

The Music Department presents approximately 40 performances per academic year. These include chamber performances, student recitals, large ensemble performances, faculty and guest recitals, and student junior and senior recitals.

Composition

There are opportunities for composition with public premieres of composed works and helpful feedback as you grow as an artist.

Work Study

The Music Department offers you several work study opportunities that can include assisting ensemble conductors prepare for rehearsals and performances, assisting guest performers, and providing guidance for younger musicians.

Other Bands

NGU has a marching band during the fall semester and a pep band during the spring semester. You may want to be in one or both and receive a scholarship for your participation.
 

Courses

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Freshman Year Experience (1 hour)
Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
Introduction to the History of Music and Art (3 hours)
Music Theory IA (4 hours)
Music Theory IB (4 hours)
Foreign language courses (6 hours)
Ensembles (2 hours)
Major Applied Music Lessons (4 hours)
Minor Applied Music Lessons (2 hours)
Introduction to Education (2 hours)
Health and PE (2 hours)


*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Composition and Literature (3 hours)
Math (3 hours)
General psychology (3 hours)
Music Theory IIA (4 hours)
Music Theory IIB (4 hours)
Computer Technology for Musicians (3 hours)
String Techniques (1 hour)
Woodwind Techniques (1 hour)
Basic Conducting (2 hours)
Ensembles (2 hours)
Major Applied Music Lessons (4 hours)
Minor Applied Music Lessons (2 hours)
Foundations of Education (2 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

World Religions (3 hours)
History course (3 hours)
Foundations of Reading (3 hours)
Educational Psychology (4 hours)
Music Styles before 1750 (2 hours)
Music Styles 1750 to 19th Century (2 hours)
Advanced Conducting (3 hours)
Brass Techniques (1 hour)
Percussion Techniques (1 hour)
Elementary and Middle Music Methods (3 hours)
40-Hour Field Experience I (1 hour)
Ensembles (2 hours)
Major Applied Music Lessons (4 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3 hours)
Secondary Music Methods and Management (4 hours)
The Exceptional Learner (3 hours)
Music Styles Post-19th Century (2 hours)
Ensemble (1 hour)
Major Applied Music Lessons (2 hours)
Elective (3 hours)
Directed Student Teaching (12 hours)
 

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

Program Objectives

 

  • Demonstrate proficiency and accomplishment as a musician through ensemble and recital performance opportunities and requirements.
  • Synthesize the components of your musical education and create meaningful learning experiences for others.
  • Identify and evaluate effectiveness in your own musical work and the work and performance of others.
  • Design and create an effective environment and curricular plan for long-term success and proficiency in the music classroom.
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with students and colleagues.

 

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