Compose. Perform. Inspire.


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Experience the joy of music like never before with a music degree at NGU. 

All-Steinway School
NGU is the one and only All-Steinway School among Christian universities in the Carolinas.
Musical Performances
NGU’s Music Department presents over 40 performances each year. From student recitals to large ensembles, enjoy plenty of opportunities to perform.
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.

Your Future Looks (and Sounds) Better Than Ever 

Pursue countless musical professions beyond performer. Band/choral/orchestra director. Composer. Conductor. Teacher. Missionary. Publisher. Even studio manager/owner.  

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 at NGU. 

Experience Learning In Class and On Stage

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
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 from Composition to Curtain Call

  • Music Year 1

    Year 1 Example Courses

    • English I
    • Foreign Language
    • Old & New Testament Survey
    • Primary Instrument Applied
    • Secondary Instrument Applied
    • Music Theory 1 & 2
    • Large Ensemble
    • Music Appreciation
    • Marching Band – Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion Only
  • Music Year 2

    Year 2 Example Courses

    • English II
    • Biological Science
    • Physical Science
    • Music Theory 3 & 4
    • Computer Tech for Musicians
    • Primary Instrument Applied
    • Secondary Instrument Applied
    • Large Ensemble
    • Marching Band – Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion Only
  • Music Year 3

    Year 3 Example Courses

    • Math
    • Musical Styles I & II
    • Speech
    • Upper-level Music Elective
    • Applied Principal Lessons
    • Large Ensemble
    • Non-music Liberal Arts Electives
  • Music Year 4

    Year 4 Example Courses

    • English Literature Course
    • History
    • Social Science Course
    • Musical Styles III
    • Applied Principal Lessons
    • Large Ensemble
    • Non-music Liberal Arts Electives
    • 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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