Welcome to the Music Department
– David Jones, MM., Performance, Department Chair
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.
- Music Minor
If you would like more information on our school, the music department, or on a specific major, please fill out the information sheet and one of our faculty and/or staff members with contact you.
Toccoa Falls College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 22090 (703) 437-0700.
The Teacher Education and Music Education programs of Toccoa Falls College are approved by the Professional Standards Commission of the State of Georgia (PSC), 1452 Twin Towers East, Atlanta, GA 30334 (404) 657-9000, and graduates are eligible for teacher certification upon graduation.
For additional school accreditations please go to our accreditations page.
In addition to meeting the entrance requirements of the college, all applicants for admission to the Music Department, freshmen or transfers, are required to audition. Auditions are scheduled throughout the academic year.
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.
There are no scheduled upcoming events at this time.
Music Department News
ACSI Choral Festival
On Friday, February 21, the Toccoa Falls Music Department hosted a choral festival for schools affiliated with the Association of Christian Schools International, or ACSI. Despite the warning of bad weather and surrounding high schools cancelling school for the day, a total of six schools were able to participate in this exciting and wonderful event. All the schools with the exception of one, from North Carolina, came from Georgia. Chairman, Dr. Tom Council, opened and closed the event, which included middle school and high school choir members, several smaller ensembles, as well as several soloists. Adjudicators, three faculty of TFC and a guest, assessed and evaluated each choir and small ensemble giving them an overall score of Superior, Excellent, or Good. Of the six choirs, three walked away with a superior and three with excellent. Overall, this year’s ACSI Choral Festival was a great success!
Visit from Dr. Noel Tredinnick
We were honored today, February 3rd, by a visit from Dr. Noel Tredinnick. Dr. Tredinnick is the Conductor Emeritus and founder of the All Souls Orchestra in London and, until July 2019 was Director of Music at All Souls Church in London. He is also Artistic Director of the Langham Arts Trust, a non-profit ministry dedicated to expanding music missions ministry throughout the world, and he is the Chairman of Jubilate Hymns, an organization that seeks to modernize the language and style of traditional hymns, as well as introduce new hymns for use in the church. Additionally, he works with contemporary musicians such as Chris Tomlin, Graham Kendrick, Keith Getty, Matt Redman, Paul Baloche and many others to combine traditional hymnody with contemporary praise and worship.
Dr. Tredinnick began by giving a few basics of conducting technique and style based on his teaching of conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He then spent the bulk of his time discussing his work with Jubilate Hymns. He demonstrated the similarities and differences of presenting traditional hymns with modernized English texts. He then showed the group new texts that are being used with the more traditional tunes, as well as playing updated arrangements using jazz and contemporary chords. He spoke about using combinations of traditional and contemporary instruments in church musis.
We look forward to seeing Dr. Tredinnick again and perhaps planning a master class in the future.
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.