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Overview

You have a love for music. You not only have a love for music, but you also want to learn about other areas of the liberal arts. You may want to start a teaching studio after graduation. You may want to go to graduate school to further refine your craft. You may want to begin a career in a field where you can use your musical skills.

If this describes you, then the music 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 major at NGU, you will spend much of your time taking private instrumental or vocal music lessons; playing or singing in a band, choir, or orchestra; and playing or singing in a small chamber ensemble. You will learn about musical performance skills, musical analytical skills, the language and grammar of music, the historical and cultural context of music in society, and synthesizing musical knowledge, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own music.

In your senior year, you will present a public recital on your instrument or with your voice that is representative of your repertoire level. You will also turn in a project that reflects a synthesis of your analytical and historical musical knowledge.

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

Tracks / Concentrations

There are no tracks or concentrations for this major available at this time.

Electives

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

Success

Future

Career Opportunities

  • Military band
  • Music store
  • Private music school (non-professional degree)
  • Private music studio owner
  • Publishing company

Postgraduate Studies

  • University of Alabama

Employers

  • High Point Christian Academy

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 Year Experience (1 hour)
English I (3 hours)
Foreign Language (6 hours)
Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
New Testament Survey (3 hours)
Applied Principal Lessons (2 hours)
Applied Secondary Lessons (2 hours)
Music Theory I and II (8 hours)
Large Ensemble (2 hours)
History of Music and Art (3 hours)
Marching Band - Woodwind, brass, or percussion only (1 hour)

 *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

English II (3 hours)
Physical Education (2 hours)
Biological Science (4 hours)
Physical Science (4 hours)
Music Theory III and IV (8 hours)
Computer Technology for Musicians (3 hours)
Applied Principal Lessons (2 hours)
Applied Secondary Lessons (2 hours)
Large Ensemble (2 hours)
Marching Band - Woodwind, brass, or percussion only (1 hour)

 *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

Math (3 hours)
Musical Styles I (2 hours)
Musical Styles II (2 hours)
Speech (3 hours)
Upper-level music elective (3 hours)
Applied Principal Lessons (2 hours)
Large Ensemble (2 hours)
Non-music liberal arts electives (14 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

English literature course (3 hours)
History (3 hours)
Social science course (3 hours)
Musical Styles III (2 hours)
Applied Principal Lessons (2 hours)
Large Ensemble (2 hours)
Non-music liberal arts electives (11 hours)
Senior Recital (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

 

  • Demonstrate a broad base of knowledge in the arts and humanities, the natural and physical sciences, and other social sciences.
  • Demonstrate musical performance and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the language and grammar of music.
  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to the art of music.

 

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