Health and Safety Issues for Musicians The Music Faculty seeks to inform music majors of important issues regarding the health and safety of singers and instruments. We are committed to providing information in general music majors meetings as well as applied lessons and ensemble rehearsals. A section on hearing protection and vocal health is provided below. More information for instrumentalists is forthcoming. Please note that the information that follows is advisory in nature and not a substitute for medical care from a licensed physician. Protecting Your Hearing For information regarding the protection of hearing health please click on the document below titled Protect Your Hearing Every Day. This document is provided by the National Association of the Schools of Music and the Performing Arts Medicine Association. Download the NASM-PAMA Hearing Loss Guide here. Vocal Health and Safety Singing is a physical activity and each choral rehearsal and applied voice lesson will begin with stretching exercises that deprogram the negative postural/alignment habits of the day and establish healthy ones. Healthy vocal production is encouraged each day as singers are instructed to sing with a relaxed laryngeal position and remember to sing vowel sounds that are spacious, high, and forward. Each choral rehearsal begins with core vocal exercises that encourage singing-on-the breath, bringing head-tones down into the sound, and keeping vowel sounds spacious, high, and forward. These techniques are then reinforced in the choral literature. Healthy singing is a daily focus and students are encouraged each day to learn as much as they can about this topic. By learning and demonstrating proper vocal technique (including warm-ups) and care of the body and vocal instrument, students will demonstrate knowledge and awareness of potential health and safety issues that may be encountered in their work as professional singers, voice teachers, and conductors. Students will also demonstrate understanding of potential performance injuries and pedagogical techniques to prevent such injuries. In addition to what is learned in applied lessons, students are also encouraged to enroll in MU 270: Vocal Methods and Pedagogy for more in-depth information on these topics.
Adjunct Music Instructors
Benjamin Dawkins, Applied Voice, Diction, Musical Theatre,
James Dollar, Chapel teams,
Dr. Jon Duncan, Theology of Worship,
Elizabeth Klein, Applied Flute,
Charles McKissick, Applied Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Methods,
Cory Flowers, Applied and Secondary Guitar, Guitar Chamber Ensemble,
Cathy Rogers, Class Piano, Music Appreciation, Staff Accompanist,
Craig Stephens, Applied Trumpet,
Heather Strachan, Applied violin, Applied Viola, String Orchestra, String Chamber Music, and String Methods,
James Tealy, Songwriting
Prospective music majors seeking a scholarship from the Music Department must use the audition/interview process for that purpose. Scholarships are offered on a first-come-first-served basis and are awarded according to talent, skill level, academic achievement, potential and need.
Audition Dates for Spring:
Fridays beginning at 1:30 PM on the following days:
Please contact our Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Ann Bennett at
The TMC Chorale is a performing ensemble for both music majors and non-music students. The main purpose of this group is to survey representative literature from the major Western historical periods and to survey contemporary literature which reflects a world music influence. For performance purposes, the group will present mainly sacred music and some secular music for school functions, churches, conventions and high schools. The Chorale will tour England and Scotland in March 2015.Community Choir is an ensemble which is an elective choral program for the general student body and members of the community. Choral masterworks are presented with an orchestra. Recent works include Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Rutter's Requiem and Magnicat, Vivaldi's Gloria, Haydn's Te Deum, and Mendelssohn's Hear My Prayer. (fall semester only)
Chamber Singers is an auditioned vocal group of 12-16 singers for both music majors and non-music majors. The main purpose of this group is to expose students to small ensemble literature from the major Western historical periods as well as vocal jazz and popular styles.Musical Theatre is a course in performance and stage technique for singer/actors through study and performance of selected musical theatre and operatic literature. (spring semester only)
Wind Ensemble is an ensemble open by audition to all woodwind, brass, or percussion students. Performances are given at student convocations, concerts, and other activities on campus.
TMC String Orchestra is an ensemble open by audition to all string students.
Jazz Ensemble is designed to acquaint the college student with the jazz ensemble repertoire in an intimate manner. The repertoire consists of jazz ensemble music from numerous areas including swing, jazz, fusion, and "big band" literature.
Jazz Combo supplements current ensembles and provide additional opportunities for students to improvise music.Percussion Ensemble is an ensemble open to all percussion students by audition.
Guitar Ensemble is an ensemble open to all guitar students by audition.
String Chamber Ensemble is an ensemble open to all string students by audition.
CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP ENSEMBLE:
3:16 is an auditioned small ensemble taken from the ranks of TMC Choral and Wind Symphony that performs chamber/pop gospel music literature and is featured as a performance group promoting TMC on campus and in off campus concerts and tours.
For more information regarding ensembles please contact the Music Office at ext. 215,
Statement of Purpose
The Music and Fine Arts Division is rooted firmly in a strong Christian and liberal arts tradition. It is committed to providing for each music student, an opportunity to obtain beginning and progressive musical training leading to a degree in music. In addition, it seeks to provide for the interested student, an opportunity to study music as one of the fine arts for the enrichment of his/her academic and personal life.
It is also the purpose of the Music and Fine Arts Division: