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.
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.
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:
An emphasis for music majors. The Instrumental emphasis requires students to complete 6-8 credits of Applied Lessons and 6 credits of Ensembles.
An emphasis for music majors. The Piano emphasis requires students to complete 12-16 credits of Applied Lessons and 6 credits of Ensembles.
An emphasis for music majors. The Voice emphasis requires students to complete 6 credits of Ensembles and 6-8 credits of Applied Lessons.