Music Faculty

Meet the Chair

Dr. David Ledgerwood, affectionately called “Dr. Ledge” by his students, is chair of the Department of Music. He directs the Chamber Singers touring choir and teaches music classes. Dr. Ledgerwood earned a Master’s Degree in Sacred Music from Pensacola Christian College and a master’s in Music Theory and Composition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and he is currently pursuing a PhD from Boston University. He has had more than 50 works published, including Music Investigations (a 30-day Bible study) and piano accompaniments for the Heritage Band Series (David E. Smith Publications).

Faculty spotlight

Janet Tschida

Janet Tschida, valedictorian of Maranatha’s 2001 senior class, went on to earn a master’s degree in Music Education with a Piano Pedagogy concentration. She is the director of Maranatha’s Piano Prep School and a member of the The Music Development Program, National Guild of Piano Teachers, National Federation of Music Clubs, and Music Teachers National Association. Tschida’s teaching philosophy is to actively involve students in every class, combining stimulating and challenging course content with hands-on learning opportunities. “Most importantly, I hope my students leave my classroom inspired to learn everything they can about the subject matter,” she says.

Michelle Clater

Dr. Michelle Clater joined the Maranatha Music faculty in 2009 after completing her PhD in Music Theory at Indiana University. She earlier earned a BA in Humanities at Clearwater Christian College (graduating summa cum laude) and an MA in Music Theory and Music History from Penn State (also graduating summa cum laude). She has been a presenter and workshop leader at the Alpha Chi National Honor Society Regional Conference, the Indiana Theory Colloquium, and the Keystone Christian Education Association Teacher Education Conference.