Music Performance

Program Overview

Why Study Music Performance at TFC?

The Music Performance major equips musicians personally with Godly character in the pursuit of truth and professionally with the knowledge and skills needed for continued growth in musical performance. Students develop and share their God-given abilities by participation in ensembles, recitals, concerts, service projects, and ministries. Music 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 and provides for the dynamic integration of faith and learning together with character and intellect. This approach, along with the study of music theory, history, worship music, pedagogy, and performance gives students the skills to become highly effective in their field.

Toccoa Falls College students leading worship
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  • Music
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“During the time in our program you have the opportunity to learn in our state of the art music tech labs, lead worship in our campus worship sessions, and even having the possibility of traveling internationally with the department.”

Degree Layout

Music Performance Courses

The Music Performance major is a 126 hour program that includes 63 hours of general education courses, 32 hours of music core courses and 31 hours of music performance courses. Major recitals are required during the junior and senior years.

Featured Courses:

  • Conducting
  • American & World Music Traditions
  • Music Theory
  • Aural Skills
Philip Himebook


I cannot think of a better place to study than Toccoa Falls College. The faculty and staff were incredibly helpful. I graduated with a degree in Vocal Performance and went on to get a Masters at the University of Memphis, served as a resident artist at Opera Memphis, and now work as a full-time music director, a freelance opera singer, as well as a high school choir director. I will always credit the people at TFC for investing in me and my spiritual health, while also helping me hone my craft as a performer. It was invaluable to have people around me pushing me to grow not only as a performer, but in the depth of my relationship in Christ.
Philip Himebook, Class of 2010
Career Options

What can you do with a Music Performance degree?

When you earn a degree in Music, you will find that there are many career opportunities available to you. Graduates are qualified for a wide range of jobs, such as:


As a music performance graduate, students would be prepared to become a full-time musician or performing artist. Careers in this area could include becoming a session musician or a background vocalist. Opportunities could be available in music production or editing as well.

Worship Pastor/Director

In many churches, there are a variety of pastors/directors who serve under the Pastor. Music graduates would be well equipped to enter into the role worship pastor/director. A minor in a ministry related field would prove helpful for these students.

Music Director

Those who earn a music degree are particularly passionate about music, which makes them well-suited to a career in music education or as a choir/band director.

Music Therapist

A music therapist works with individuals and groups using music in a clinical setting to help patients achieve healing. Music majors interested in pursuing a career in therapy would be wise to minor in counseling psychology.

Meet the Professors


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Ed Barham Administrative Assistant for Music Department
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