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Academics - Music

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Many music courses and activities are open to all students as an opportunity to broaden their cultural interests in the field of music, as well as provide the necessary study for the music and music education student. Students may enhance their aesthetic sensitivity by participating in music activities and will develop a discriminating taste for a wide variety of music. Prospective music majors are advised to begin the study of music before entering college.

Music ensembles provide exposure to music literature and opportunities for musical expression and are open to qualified students from the entire campus. The Greenville College Choir (A Cappella Choir) tours annually to national and international destinations. Additional touring ensembles include Chamber Singers, Jazz Vocal Band, Keyboard Ensemble, Worship Arts Ensembles, and Lab Bands. Other opportunities for ensemble participation include chorale, concert band, guitar ensemble, jazz ensemble, chamber orchestra, and brass and woodwind ensembles. All members of the College and community are invited to participate annually in the Greenville Choral Union which regularly performs larger choral works including Handel's "Messiah." An audition is required for entrance into most ensembles.

BlackRoom Records (BRR) is a student run record label, founded in 2003 by Andrea Johnson, a former consultant for independent and major labels in the music industry. The label was founded to give students an opportunity to take a hands-on approach to the music industry and learn about the operations of an independent record label.

The mission of the label is to record and promote music by emerging artists, and to set a new precedent in the music industry by giving the artists ownership of the masters and copyrights. The label creates a new level of abundance in an industry that is normally one-sided, and pays out 50% of the profits to the artist. The label creates income by distributing products. Our goal is to set a new standard of business that runs on strong moral and ethical principles that are centered on the interests of artists.


Majors & Minors


Audio Engineering Major
The Audio Engineering major plunges you into the high-tech world behind the music we all listen to. You’ll learn the full battery of studio recording techniques, and spend time mixing and mastering in our state-of-the-art digital studios.
Commercial Music Major
Thanks to its prominent focus on contemporary music, Greenville College has launched the careers of recording artists such as Jars of Clay and Stephanie Smith as well as producers, managers and promoters within the music business. Commercial Music majors have access to five professional recording studios, sound-proof practice rooms, and the Blackroom campus concert venue. Greenville students also organize AgapeFest, a two-day Christian music festival featuring acts like Relient K, David Crowder Band, Toby Mac, Skillet, and many more.

Performance Track Emphasis: Commercial Music Major
The Performance emphasis allows you to focus extra attention on your major instrument and hone your skills in that area.


Songwriting Track Emphasis: Commercial Music Major
Songwriting exposes students to computer-aided scoring software, studio recording techniques, music theory, composition, and a variety of other skills needed to pursue a career as a songwriter.


Music Business Major
The music business major requires students to complete 51 hours of general education courses, 54-5 hours in the major, and 16 hours of electives. Students who complete the major are eligible to receive a bachelor of science degree.
Music Education Major
The music education major requires 57 credits in music and 43 hours of professional studies in education. The successful graduate from this program can become certified to teach and supervise music in the public schools from kindergarten through the twelfth grade in both instrumental and vocal music. This major leads to the bachelor of music education (B.M.E.) degree.
Music, B.A.
The music major requires 47-53 hours of credit, depending on the student’s primary instrument, and leads to a bachelor of arts degree.

Composition Emphasis: Music, B.A.
The Composition emphasis gives you a strong foundation in music theory and modern songwriting techniques. This program also exposes you to a wide variety of instruments to further your understanding of the range and artistic quality of the musical world. The Composition emphasis requires students to complete 6 credits of Ensembles and 4 credits of Applied Lessons.


Instrumental (Non-Piano) Emphasis: Music, B.A.
An emphasis for music majors. The Instrumental emphasis requires students to complete 6-8 credits of Applied Lessons and 6 credits of Ensembles.


Piano Emphasis: Music, B.A.
An emphasis for music majors. The Piano emphasis requires students to complete 12-16 credits of Applied Lessons and 6 credits of Ensembles.


Voice Emphasis: Music, B.A.
An emphasis for music majors. The Voice emphasis requires students to complete 6 credits of Ensembles and 6-8 credits of Applied Lessons.


Worship Arts Major
The Worship Arts major prepares you to serve in Christian ministry. This is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Christian Music industry, and our program draws not only on our strong tradition in music, but also on Greenville’s experience of more than a century of preparing men and women for full-time Christian service.
Music Business Minor
The Music Business minor will prepare you to work as an executive, manager and administrator in all areas of the music industry. The program will provide you with concentrated study and professional expertise in artist and venue management, production, publishing, distribution, retailing, booking and touring. For a minor you will be required to take at least 21 credit hours.
Music Minor
Discover new opportunities to broaden your cultural interests in the field of music. You will enhance your aesthetic sensitivity by participating in music activities that will develop a discriminating taste for a wide variety of music. For a minor you will be required to complete 21 credit hours.

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