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Music Education: Winds & Percussion

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Study music education at NGU and learn to inspire others through the world of music.

Choral music education. Elementary music education. Or Instrumental music education. Customize your studies to fit your passion.
Focused Electives
Brass Quintet. Concert Band. Concert Choir. Handbell Choir. Jazz Band. Marching Band. NGU Singers. Orchestra. Percussion Ensemble. String Ensembles. Winter Guard. Woodwind Ensemble.
Minutes Away
Greenville’s premier performing arts theater, the Peace Center, is just 30 minutes from NGU. Enjoy live performances by world-renowned musicians, orchestras, ballets, and more.

For the Love of Music

Inspire others to expand their musical talents. Encourage them to explore the world of music like never before. That’s your future in music education.

Private tutor or elementary music teacher. Band/choral/orchestra director. Early childhood music specialist or children’s ministry worker. Church worship leader or music missionary. Use your love of music and passion for teaching in countless incredible ways.

Experience Learning as You Compose, Practice, Perform, and Perfect

Bands & Ensembles

You want choices? We’ve got them! Marching band in the fall. Pep band in the spring. Concert choir, jazz band, and a wide array of ensembles throughout the year. Whatever your passion, pursue it at NGU. 





Compose or Perform (or Both!)

Compose works for public premieres and receive helpful feedback to grow as an artist. Refine your skills and showcase your talents in over 40 performances each year. From chamber and ensemble performances to student and faculty recitals, there’s something for everyone.  





Work Studies for Every Level of Experience

Assist ensemble conductors as they prepare for rehearsals. Facilitate guest performances. Even advise younger musicians in their journey. Put your talent to good use for others. 

Plenty of Space to Find Your Place

You need time and space to practice. Between Turner Chapel and the Hayes Fine Arts Center, enjoy access to over two dozen spaces designed for you to learn, practice, and perfect your craft. 

Music Beside Experienced & Faithful Musicians

J. David Cudd, EdD
Associate Dean of the Cline School of Music
Gregory Graf
Director of Choral Activities
Darian K. Washington, DMA
Associate Professor of Music
Michael Weaver, DM
Professor of Music
Fabio Parrini, MM
Professor of Music
Megan Scruggs Hollifield, MA
Instructor of Music
Angela Horn-Barrett
Associate Professor of Voice
W. Gary Rhoden Jr., MA
Instructor of Music Education
K. Brent Coppenbarger, DMA
Professor of Music
Christopher Davis, DMA
Associate Professor of Music
Cheryl Greene, DMA
Professor of Music
Stephen M. Griner, MM
Piano Instructor

Study Music Education – One Note at a Time

  • Music Education Year 1

    Year 1 Example Courses

    • Composition & Rhetoric
    • Old Testament Survey
    • Intro to the History of Music & Art
    • Music Theory 1 & 2
    • Foreign Language Courses
    • Ensembles
    • Primary Instrument Applied
    • Secondary Instrument Applied
    • Intro to Education
  • Music Education Year 2

    Year 2 Example Courses

    • Music Theory 3 & 4
    • Computer Technology for Musicians
    • String Techniques
    • Basic Conducting
    • Ensembles
    • Primary Instrument Applied
    • Secondary Instrument Applied
    • Foundations of Education
  • Music Education Year 3

    Year 3 Example Courses

    • Music Styles before 1750
    • Music Styles 1750 to 19th Century
    • Advanced Conducting
    • Brass Techniques
    • Percussion Techniques
    • Elementary & Middle Music Methods
    • 40-Hour Field Experience I
    • Ensembles
    • Primary Instrument Applied
  • Music Education Year 4

    Year 4 Example Courses

    • Reading and Writing in the Content Area
    • Secondary Music Methods and Management
    • The Exceptional Learner
    • Music Styles Post-19th Century
    • Ensemble
    • Primary Instrument Applied
    • Elective Course
    • Directed Student Teaching

Elevate Your Perspective

You’ll also take Chapel every semester, and Cultural Events for the first four semesters. You earn credit through attendance, and each course counts as half a credit. This is the NGU difference, how you find your peak performance and elevate your perspective, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

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