The Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Department of Music defines its mission in developing the musical knowledge, appreciation, talents, skills, and teaching abilities of its students within the dual traditions of the liberal arts and Judeo-Christian faith.
While the primary foci are the musical skills development, musical understanding, performance development, teaching skills development, and music appreciation of its students, the Department of Music strongly supports the liberal-arts curriculum necessary for students to function as educated, responsible citizens as well as to communicate effectively as musicians and teachers. At Greensboro College, students may pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Science in Music, the Bachelor of Music Education, or a Certificate of Church Music. Music majors also may concentrate in either contemporary improvisation or digital music production. The Department of Music has maintained a tradition of excellence and a reputation developing musical performance and teaching skills of its students throughout the long history of the College.
All incoming majors are required to (1) audition, (2) be tested in ear training and sight singing, (3) sight read, and (4) be interviewed by members of the Music Department. Admittance will be carefully judged based upon the following elements:
- TEACHER RECOMMENDATION – from teacher, coach, conductor,director or mentor in music. If there is no music teacher, then a recommendation from the general school teacher, counselor or principal – to determine skill level, intent, career goals, work ethic, and discipline, is acceptable.
- PREPARATION FOR THE DISCIPLINE – courses, lessons, experience – through a preview of materials submitted by each candidate.
- AUDITION: (All must be prepared to sight read, sight sing, and take a short ear training test):1. INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC – play three music selections: two classical of contrasting style; one selection of their choice (jazz, musical, pop, rock).2. VOCAL MUSIC – sing three music selections: two classical of contrasting style; one selection of their choice (jazz, musical, pop, rock).
- INTERVIEW – one-on-one conversation with judges to determine the candidate’s interests, intent, career goals, understanding of major – its requirements, rehearsals, performances.
How would a student benefit from the program?
Students will work with professional musicians who are current performing musicians in this region.
With the large number of ensembles, both instrumental and choral, students will get more experience at Greensboro College than when attending a large university where there is much competition to actually play and sing in the top ensembles and participate in musicals and operas. Students at larger schools often have to wait until their junior or senior year to fully participate in ensembles. That is why so many of our students have placed in National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions in the state and Southern region: greater opportunities to practice their skills. They do not have to wait their turn.
Students from all the music degree programs also have the benefit of working with what is current in music today with our digital composition and contemporary music improvisation programs.
Students benefit from small class size in their major classes and much one-on-one experience.
Music education majors have a well-rounded degree program and are held to high standards in their performance areas.
Music education majors begin their fieldwork in public schools in their sophomore years and continue to work in public schools through their one semester of student teaching.
The Music Department is proud of a 100% placement rate of its music-education graduates into public school teaching positions.
What makes the GC program different/stronger than others?
Students will work closely with strong musician/teachers. Music education majors will have more opportunities in practice teaching in their early field work and their student teaching, and will be required to develop as strong musicians as well. That combination is not typical of other music education programs.
We are located in a region that is invested in the arts, so there are many opportunities to hear world-class musicians.
Success stories of recent grads
With our 100% job placement rate for our music education majors, they are competitive in the job market.
Other success stories include:
- Maurio Hines, who has sung in regional operas and is currently in New York City singing in an off-Broadway musical
- Jack Menhorn, who works with a firm in Raleigh composing music for cartoons and has composed soundtracks for numerous video games.
- Leah Redmond Eubanks, an active Orff Methods clinician
- Aaron Noe, a performing musician in the DC area, who is active in the Virginia Music Educators Association as a high school band director, wind ensemble conductor and clinician, and collegiate trumpet instructor.
- Ross Montsinger, currently playing professionally with a touring band
- Aaron Weibe, guitarist with the Air Force band Full Spectrum
- Ben Strickland, trumpet player for a Navy band in Italy
Teaching Style & Accolades
Instructors work outside of class time with students to individualize instruction We believe in having the students do work over until they understand what they are doing and can perform the objective or explain the concept without any assistance – true understanding!
Jane McKinney, the department chair, serves as the chair of the Collegiate Division for the North Carolina Music Educators Association.
Six different public schools field work sites are required for music education majors as well as one semester of student teaching.
Hands-on experiences relate to the many ensemble and repertoire classes where students perform their instrument, including voice.
Students are also encouraged to compete in music competitions, where they show well.
Areas of Study
Major: Music (B.A., B.S.)
Major: Music Education (B.M.E.) with Teacher Licensure
Certificate: Church Music
The Greensboro College Marching Band’s 2017 Senior Recognition Performance