From the Department Chair


From the Department Chair —

Welcome to Toccoa Falls College Music Department!

Whether in the classroom or concert hall our students learn music in an array of diverse styles, from classical to jazz, Broadway to Bellini, popular to traditional, plus music from around the world.

Music has always been a vital part of the core curriculum at Toccoa Falls College since Dr. R. A. Forrest founded the institution in 1907. Our highly qualified faculty is eager to help each student develop into the musician and servant leader God has called them to be.

As you consider who you are and what you want to become, why not consider what Toccoa Falls College can do for you?

David Jones
Chair, Music Department

The Music Department exists to prepare Christian musicians for career ministries in performance, teaching, church music, and varied 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 dynamic integration of faith and learning, together with character and intellect. This approach, along with the study of music theory, history, church music, pedagogy, and performance gives students the skills to become highly effective in their chosen field.

New trends in music, both within the evangelical church and in the world at large, color our campus. Toccoa Falls College is in frequent contact with diverse cultures. Students are encouraged to explore music as diverse as contemporary Christian, jazz, classical, folk, and world music.

All programs of study include courses in music theory, music history, performance, aural skills, music technology, the humanities, and Bible.

The following is a video given to us from Dove-award winning artist Aaron Shust. In it, Aaron talks about his time at TFC—what it meant to be a student and how God used Toccoa Falls College to prepare him for life and for a future as a Christian performing artist.


The Music Department seeks to serve as a cultural resource to the community. Musicians are encouraged to develop and share their God-given talents through participation in music ensembles. These performing ensembles: Concert Band, College Choir, Handbell Ensemble, Jazz Band, Men’s Choir, Ladies Ensemble, Vocal and Instrumental Chamber Ensembles, Multicultural Music Ensemble, Opera Workshop, and Oratorio perform various concerts annually. A community-based organization, the Ruth E. Marsden Preparatory School, uses the college music wing and provides private music instruction for the community at large.

In addition to accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Toccoa Falls College has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1990. NASM accredits numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States.