Music Education Major

(listed under the Music Department and the Teacher Education Department)

Why Study Music Education at TFC?

The right education is the key to a career as a music teacher. At Toccoa Falls College, you will grow from someone who loves music to someone who is a highly qualified music educator.

One of our greatest resources is a highly qualified and dedicated faculty. They draw on their spiritual roots, professional experience and expertise to nurture your talent. We will prepare you to teach choral and instrumental groups. You will also learn to instruct, manage and inspire music students in elementary general music classes, middle school, high school and beyond. You’ll also learn how to play and teach instruments you’ve never even touched prior to your time at TFC.

As a music education major, you’ll take a variety of courses such as music theory, music history, music technology, conducting and many other interesting and important classes. Music has been an important part of the curriculum since Toccoa Falls College was founded over 100 years ago.  Our music education graduates are teaching successfully in many different states and foreign countries!

You as a Music Teacher!

Your Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education will prepare you for a career as a music teacher for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Many who graduate with this degree find it rewarding to build their careers around sharing their faith and their enjoyment of music in Christian schools in the United States and overseas. Many others share their enjoyment of music with students in public schools all over the country. Imagine using your musical skills each day to inspire your students to explore their potential!

According to the U.S. Department of Labor job openings for school teachers is expected to grow nationally by 12 percent between 2006 and 2016.  This is expected to create 479,000 additional teaching positions nationally.  At TFC there are many opportunities to student teach in music locally and overseas.  After graduation, you can look forward to seeking music teaching employment anywhere in the United States or overseas in various types of public and private schools.

The Music Education Program leads to certification in music with emphasis on choral or instrumental in grades K-12. This program offers many opportunities for practice and training, while gaining experiences and knowledge to create appropriate and motivational programs of music at all levels.

** Please note: This program description is for students entering Toccoa Falls College in the 2012-2013 catalog year.


BIBLE & THEOLOGY – 30 hours

BIB 213 Hermeneutics
BSF 103 Foundations of Spiritual Formation
NTE 103 Introduction to the New Testament
NTE ___ New Testament Elective
OTE 103 Introduction to the Old Testament
OTE ___ Old Testament Elective
SYT 303 Introduction to Theology
3 hours Theology Elective from SYT or THE
6 hours of Bible/Theology Electives from BIB, BMI, GRK 333, 343, HEB 223, 333, 343, NTE, OTE, SYT, THE or approved integrative courses

HUMANITIES – 15 hours

ENG 113 Freshman Composition I
ENG 123 Freshman Composition II
ENG 393 Grammar for Teachers
HUM 103 Western Thought & Culture
MUT 113 Music Theory I


MUH 213 Music History & Literature I
MUH 223 Music History & Literature II
PSY 243 Developmental Psychology


CSC 173 Introduction to Music Technology
CSC 303 Technology for Teachers
SCI 113 Scientific Literacy or other science elective
One Mathematics course from: MAT 113, 123, 133, 253

MAJOR – 60 hours

MUSIC CORE – 26 hours

CON 311 Choral Conducting
CON 331 Instrumental Conducting
ENS 150 Handbell Choir (2 semesters)
MPN 241 Class Piano IV
MRA 110 Recital Attendance (6 semesters)
MUT 111 Aural Skills I
MUT 121 Aural Skills II
MUT 123 Music Theory II
MUT 231 Aural Skills III
MUT 233 Music Theory III
MUT 241 Aural Skills IV
MUT 243 Music Theory IV
REC 110 Recital Performance (6 semesters)
REC 120 Freshman Platform
REC 240 Sophomore Platform
REC 350 Note Check
REC 360 Junior Recital
ENS ___ Ensemble Elective (2 semesters)
Applied Principal (7 hours)
Applied Secondary (3 hours)

If the applied principal is piano, the student should elect voice (choral concentration) or a band/orchestral instrument (instrumental concentration) as the Applied Secondary.


MED 122 Introduction to Teaching Music
MED 211 Woodwind Methods
MED 222 Teaching Music in the Elementary School
MED 300 Content Literacy Field Experience
MED 311 Brass Methods
MED 312 Music Methods & Materials for Middle & High School
MED 321 Percussion Methods
MED 411 String Methods


EDU 111 Teacher Education Orientation
EDU 133 Foundations & Trends in Education
EDU 211 PTO Field Experience I
EDU 221 PTO Field Experience II
EDU 311 Education Seminar
EDU 4110 Teaching Practicum
EDU 422 Professional Integration
EDU 453 The Exceptional Child

Music Education Majors take 2 hours plus ensembles specific to their individual concentrations as follows:


ENS 120 College Choir (6 semesters)
ENS 180 Vocal Chamber Ensemble (2 semesters)
MVC 112 Diction for Singers


CMP 452 Orchestration
ENS 130 Concert Band (6 semesters) or 
ENS 160 Orchestra (6 semesters)
ENS 170 Instrumental Chamber Ensemble (2 semesters)

TOTAL = 126 hours