Compose. Perform. Inspire. 

Music Performance | Instrumental Program

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Inspire joy, glorify God, and fine-tune your talent through a music performance degree at NGU.

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All-Steinway School
NGU is the one and only All-Steinway School among Christian universities in the Carolinas.
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Musical Performances
NGU’s Music Department presents over 40 performances each year. From student recitals to large ensembles, enjoy plenty of opportunities to perform.
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Concentrations
Brass, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Voice, and Woodwinds. Your passion directs your path at NGU.

Joyful Noise Begins Here 

Pursue countless professions in the world of music performance. Band/choral/music director. Broadway/commercial/freelance musician. Composer, conductor, instructor, and more.

From composition to curtain call, inspiring music is more than a simple performance. It requires a deep understanding of musical writing, practice, technique, theory, style, and history. Master it all as you study music performance at NGU.

Experience Learning and Performing Together

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. 

 

 

 

 

Perform, Perform, Perform!

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. Performance thrives at NGU. 

 

 

 

 

 

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
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 in a Brilliantly Composed Sequence

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  • Music Performance Year 1

    Year 1 Example Courses

    • Composition & Rhetoric
    • Old Testament Survey
    • Music Theory 1 & 2
    • Primary Instrument Applied
    • Secondary Instrument Applied
    • Music Ensemble
    • Recital/Seminar
    • Music Appreciation 
    • New Testament Survey
  • Music Performance Year 2

    Year 2 Example Courses

    • English Literature
    • Computer Technology for Musicians
    • Music Theory 3 & 4
    • Primary Instrument Applied
    • Secondary Instrument Applied
    • Music Ensemble
    • Recital/Seminar
    • Natural Science Course
    • Basic Conducting
  • Music Performance Year 3

    Year 3 Example Courses

    • Development of Musical Styles: Before 1750
    • Form & Analysis
    • Primary Instrument Applied
    • Music Ensemble
    • Recital/Seminar
    • Dev. of Musical Styles: 1750 to 19th Century
    • Literature of the Instrument
    • Advanced Conducting
    • Junior Recital
  • Music Performance Year 4

    Year 4 Example Courses

    • Development of Musical Styles: Post 19th-Century and World Music
    • Orchestration/Arranging
    • Post 19th-Century Music
    • Western Civilization
    • Primary Instrument Applied
    • Music Ensemble
    • Recital/Seminar
    • Senior Recital

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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