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Overview

You listen to music constantly. You feel music deeper than others. You listen to many different genres of music. You hear music in your head. Band, orchestra, or chorus is your favorite class at school. You aren't afraid to stand in the spotlight. You attend concerts whenever you can. You seek out new forms of music and famous musicians. Your closest friends are musicians, too.  No one has to remind you to practice. Your happiest memories involve singing or playing music.

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

 

Major Description 

 

As a music performance major at NGU, you will spend much of your time listening to music, practicing music, playing or singing in musical ensembles, learning how to write music, participating in auditions, attending performances, and performing yourself.

You will learn about music theory, instrumental or vocal technique, the history of musical styles, music performance, music theory, sight-reading skills, and elements of music history, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own music.

By your senior year, you will have gained a great deal of performance experience through your degree recitals, private lessons, and ensemble participation, as well as musical knowledge through your extensive music classes. With these two elements, you will be prepared for further study at the graduate level at any school across the country and/or for auditioning for performing ensembles.

Ultimately, the music performance degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of music-related pursuits.


Curriculum

 

The Music Department 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 Music Department 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.

Electives

 

There are no electives for this major available at this time.

Success

Future

Career Opportunities

 

  • Broadway musician
  • Collegiate instructor
  • Commercial musician
  • Conductor
  • Freelance musician
  • Music director
  • Performer
  • Private lessons instructor
  • Professional orchestra musician
  • Service band
  • Speech Language Pathology

(Note: Most careers in this field come after further study at the graduate level.)


 

Postgraduate Studies

 

  • North Greenville University
  • Belmont University
  • Converse College
  • Florida State University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Winthrop University

Employers

 

  • Asheville Lyric Opera
  • Brentwood Worship and Arts Center
  • Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services
  • Greenville County Schools
  • North Greenville University
  • Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Opera Carolina
  • Self-employed
  • The University of Vermont

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.

Musical Theatre

As a music student, you also have the opportunity to take part in NGU's musical theatre productions. The Theatre Department normally produces two musical theatre productions each year, and non-majors are welcome to audition for various parts or participate in the orchestra.

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

First Semester 
First Year Experience (1 hour) 
Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours) 
Old Testament Survey (3 hours) 
Music Theory I (4 hours) 
Music Applied (3 hours) 
Secondary Music Applied - Piano (1 hour) 
Music Ensemble (1 hour) 
Recital/Seminar (0 hours)

Second Semester 
Composition and Literature (3 hours) 
Introduction to the History of Music and Art (3 hours) 
New Testament Survey (3 hours) 
Music Theory II (4 hours) 
Music Applied (3 hours) 
Secondary Music Applied - Piano (1 hour) 
Music Ensemble (1 hour) 
Recital/Seminar (0 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

First Semester 
English Literature (3 hours) 
Computer Technology for Musicians (3 hours) 
Music Theory III (4 hours) 
Music Applied (3 hours) 
Secondary Music Applied - Piano (1 hour) 
Music Ensemble (1 hour) 
Recital/Seminar (0 hours)


Second Semester 
Natural science course (4 hours) 
Basic Conducting (2 hours) 
Music Theory IV (4 hours) 
Music Applied (3 hours) 
Secondary Music Applied - Piano (1 hour) 
Music Ensemble (1 hour) 
Recital/Seminar (0 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

First Semester 
Foreign language course (3 hours) 
Natural science course (4 hours) 
Development of Musical Styles: Before 1750 (2 hours) 
Form and Analysis (3 hours) 
Music Applied (3 hours) 
Music Ensemble (1 hour) 
Recital/Seminar (0 hours) 

Second Semester 
Foreign language course (3 hours) 
Physical Education (2 hours) 
Development of Musical Styles: 1750 to 19th Century (2 hours) 
Literature of the Instrument (2 hours) 
Advanced Conducting (3 hours) 
Music Applied (3 hours) 
Junior Recital (0 hours) 
Music Ensemble (1 hour) 
Recital/Seminar (0 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

First Semester 
Open elective (3 hours) 
Development of Musical Styles: Post 19th-Century and World Music (2 hours) 
Orchestration/Arranging (3 hours) 
Post 19th-Century Music (3 hours) 
Western Civilization (3 hours) 
Music Applied (3 hours) 
Music Ensemble (1 hour) 
Recital/Seminar (0 hours) 

Second Semester 
Social science course (3 hours) 
Oral Communication (3 hours) 
Open elective (2 hours) 
Mathematics course (3 hours) 
Music Applied (3 hours) 
Senior Recital (0 hours) 
Music Ensemble (1 hour) 
Recital/Seminar (0 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

 

  • Employ the musical skills necessary to pursue graduate school.
  • Perform professionally as a soloist and with others.
  • Develop strong musicianship.
  • Analyze and critique music from the past to the present.
  • Develop accurate performance skill in various musical styles.

 

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