The department of music seeks to facilitate an environment of musical creativity, expressive performance, and contextualized music education with a Christ-centered and Spirit-empowered perspective and worldview.
Our degrees foster hands-on experiences and valuable skills, giving students a competitive edge as they go out into the marketplace.
Our degree is designed to equip students to pursue careers in teaching elementary, junior high or high school music in the private or public school setting.
Current students complete classroom observations, participate in field work with a master teacher, attend professional conferences, and are active members of the student chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is designed for the student who wishes to study music in the liberal arts degree context. This degree provides a versatile balance of skills which provides the foundation for an array of jobs: private music studio, composition, music industry, music journalism, community music, etc. This program is also well-suited for those students who wish to double major with music and another degree at Vanguard.
Highlighted skills courses include: Pedagogy, Music & Business, Internship
The Bachelor of Arts in Worship Leadership degree provides readiness for service in the church ministry environment. The coursework uniquely develops worship leader skills needed for today's churches: multiculturalism, creative worship, music leadership, administrative practices, and songwriting. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to participate in a practical learning environment with other worship leaders, recording artists, and guest speakers in the Worship Forum Practicum.
It is an honor for me to be a part of the Vanguard music faculty where the mentoring of students and family atmosphere is real. I love watching our students evolve throughout their four years as their spiritual, musical, and practical skills develop and mature.
Susanne Reid, DMA Department of Music Chair
The Vanguard Music Department has been a genuine home and family to me. It is a true blessing to be surrounded by faculty and fellow students who have a mutual heart for music and experience the inescapable joy that it brings. There is so much talent within our department however, our inspiration comes from the persistency of our professors who teach us to continuously strive for progress.
This course is designed for students to analyze applied studio teaching techniques in order to effectively teach instruments at all levels. Learning styles, private studio procedures, and lesson planning through analysis of various method books and materials are examined. Included observation of private studio instruction and supervised experience teaching private lessons.