Pursue your passion for music at TFC!
The Music Department exists to prepare Christian musicians for careers in performance, teaching, church music, and various music-related vocations. Students develop and share their God-given abilities by participation in ensembles, recitals, concerts, service projects, and ministries. Through these experiences, the Music Department brings the whole person into the learning process through the integration of curricular and co-curricular activities and provides for the integration of faith and learning, together with character and intellect. This approach, along with courses in music theory, music history, performance, aural skills, music technology, the humanities, and Bible theology, gives students the skills to become highly valuable in their chosen field.
New trends in music, both within the evangelical church and in the world at large, are seen on our campus. Toccoa Falls College is a community of diverse cultures and students are encouraged to explore music’s diversity from contemporary Christian, jazz, classical, folk, gospel, opera, and world music.
Flexibility is the key advantage in this degree. By completing this major, you will be well-equipped for future opportunities such as community studio music teachers, music retailers, music librarians and music assistants. This degree includes 21 hours of electives which is enough to pick up a minor in any area that interest you, such as Counseling (in preparation for Music Therapy).
Worship Arts: Do you want to be a Worship Leader?
The B.S. degree with a Worship Arts Concentration is designed to prepare you for a career in the area of church music ministry. The courses within the concentration focus especially on new and current trends and methodologies in contemporary Christian praise and worship leadership. Skills are developed through modern instrumental methods courses (guitar, bass, drum kit, keyboards) and participation in chapel bands. Studies in this concentration also include courses in Sound/Stage Lighting, Contemporary Songwriting, Music & Worship, Administration in Music and Worship Repertoire. TFC recently welcomed graduate Music graduate Aaron Shust as he debuted his new Christmas album with his TFC family accompanied by the choir, band, and orchestra. Other TFC Music graduates include Dave Prentice, Worship Pastor at Butler Community Alliance Church in Pennsylvania and Aaron Davis, Worship Leader at Impact Fellowship Church in Kansas.
The B.S. Music Performance (vocal or instrumental) major is a thorough preparation, equipping students with the musical knowledge, skill, and professional character traits pertinent to music performance from a Christian worldview. Students are well prepared for future opportunities such as performing artists, studio teachers, graduate school students/assistants and, after additional training, college music professors.
TFC Performance graduate, Philip Himebook, received rave reviews in Les Misérables, “…With his powerful build and angel’s voice Philip Andrew Himebook makes that clear every time he walks on stage. I can’t say when I’ve heard the role better sung.” Himebook was also a winner in the Mid-South Region of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.
Have you dreamed of teaching at the college level or owning your very own studio? The B.S. degree in Music Education will prepare you for a career as a teacher for either Choral or Instrumental music in grades K-12. Many who graduate with this degree find rewarding careers sharing their enjoyment of music with students in schools all over the country, while many others share their faith and their love of music overseas. Imagine using your musical skills each day to inspire your students to explore their potential! At TFC there are many opportunities to student teach in music locally and overseas. One of our greatest resources is a highly qualified and dedicated faculty. They draw on their spiritual roots, professional experience and expertise to nurture your talent. We will prepare you to teach choral and instrumental groups while learning to instruct, manage and inspire music students in elementary school and beyond. You’ll also learn how to play and teach instruments you have never even touched before your time at TFC. The Professional Standards Commission of the State of Georgia fully approves the program, and graduates may be certified to teach upon graduation.
Performance graduate, Naomi Shady, went on to complete her Masters in
Vocal Performance at Lee University where she worked as a Graduate Assistant.
Music education graduate, Matt Leff, Band Director at Effingham County High School, has four concert bands, jazz band, pep band, marching band, 6th-grade band, and over 250 students. This degree prepares you to teach either choral or instrumental music in grades K-12. The Professional Standards Commission of the State of Georgia fully approves the program, and graduates may be certified to teach upon graduation.
Music scholarships are awarded each year to new and returning students by audition, interview, GPA, and College Board examination scores. Contact the Music Department for current information concerning music scholarships.
Naomi Meadows Wins First Place in GMTA State Piano Competition
The Toccoa Falls College Music Department is proud to announce that Naomi Meadows won First place (Outstanding Performer – Conference Recitalist) the Georgia Music Teachers Association Competition on Saturday, April 7th. The competition was held in Athens, and Naomi competed in the lower college division. She was also selected as one of the contestants for the U.S. Regional OSAKA International Music Competition which will be held at Georgia State University in Atlanta on Saturday, May 12th.
A native of Athens, Georgia, Naomi is currently a sophomore at Toccoa Falls College where she is majoring in Music Performance. She has been playing the piano for 11 years and also sings. When asked what it was she enjoyed about competitions, Naomi stated, “It’s good to have goals. Goals keep you motivated, and it’s encouraging when your efforts pay off.” Naomi also stated her Music Professor, Dr. You Ju Lee, had been instrumental in her success and had the greatest impact on her playing the piano. “I actually chose TFC because of Dr. Lee,” Meadows stated. “She cares so much for her students. She even gives extra lessons during the day. She’s always doing something to help her students succeed.”
When asked what advice she would give other students entering the Music program at TFC, Naomi said, “Meet with the professors and get the particulars. Plan to work hard and be very diligent. The Music Department is a very inviting, small, close-knit, community. It’s an excellent environment in which to study.”
Naomi plans to teach piano while working on her Master’s degree after graduation from Toccoa Falls College.