Instructors

Brass Faculty Instructors

David Brown

MBU Professor
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music

Education
DMA in Choral Conducting | University of Missouri at Kansas City
MM in Trombone Performance | Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina
BA in Trombone Performance | Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina

Experience
Dr. Brown came to Maranatha to teach in 2003. Before this, he spent two years as the music pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Lafayette, Indiana and fifteen years as the school and church music director at Tri-City Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

About
Dr. Brown and his wife, Ruth, have been married since 1986, and have two children, Audrey and Will (’14). Mrs. Brown also teaches in the Department of Music at Maranatha. Dr. Brown serves in various ministries at Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, including directing the church orchestra, leading the college choir, assisting with the church choir, and assisting congregational singing. He enjoys hunting, auto mechanics, tennis and gardening. His favorite food is spaghetti with his homemade marinara sauce. He loves vacationing in Ocean City, New Jersey.

Piano Faculty Instructors

Ruth Brown

MBU Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music

Education
MM in Piano Performance | Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina
BS in Music Education | Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina

Experience
Ruth Brown began teaching at Maranatha in the fall of 2003. In addition to teaching at MBU, she has taught piano and music classes since 1984. Several of her hymn arrangements have been published through Hymn Notes—C & L Enterprises. In 1999 she and her husband recorded the CD “Lord, Be Glorified.” She has conducted hymnplaying seminars and piano workshops, played for TV and radio advertisements, taught in music camps, served as a Guild judge, and taught private piano lessons. Several of her high school students have placed first in the AACS National Competition and gone on to major in piano or music education.

About
Mrs. Brown is married to Dr. David Brown, who also teaches music at Maranatha. They serve at Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, where Mrs. Brown accompanies for special music and congregational singing, plays for offertories, and assists in the Truth Trackers children’s ministry during the summer. Dr. and Mrs. Brown have two children, Audrey and Will. Mrs. Brown loves Southern living, since she was born in the south, and enjoys biking, tennis and walking, as well as reading.

(currently maintains a waiting list)

Emily Haynes

Instructor
Maranatha Music Prep School

Education
BA in Piano Pedagogy | Maranatha Baptist University

David Ledgerwood

MBU Department Chair
C
ollege of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music

Education
DMA (in progress) | Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
DMus | Maranatha Baptist University, Watertown, Wisconsin
MA in Music Theory and Composition | Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MA in Sacred Music | Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, Florida
BS in Music Education | Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Experience
Dr. David Ledgerwood filled the role of pianist in the 724th Air Force Band of the Pacific Northwest from 1973-1977. He came to Maranatha in 1986 after holding the position of music director and teacher at Calvary Baptist Church in Clymer, Pennsylvania for eight years. He has written many arrangements, 40 of which are published. He has also published two books: Music Investigations: A 30-Day Bible Study Exploring Music; and With One Voice, Conducting Songleading for the Local Church.

About
Dr. Ledgerwood ministers at Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, Wisconsin as deacon, pianist and organist, and choir member. He and his wife, Kim, have eight children. Dr. Ledgerwood enjoys Asian food and has traveled to all fifty states and nine different countries. He has traveled with several Maranatha Global Encounters missions trips with students and would like to some day visit Poland.

(currently maintains a waiting list)

Ruth Steinbart

Instructor
Maranatha Music Prep School

Education
BA in Piano Pedagogy | Maranatha Baptist University

Janet Tschida

MBU Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music

Education
MA in Music Education | University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
BS in Music| Maranatha Baptist University, Watertown, Wisconsin

Experience
Janet Tschida has had experience as piano instructor and teacher since 1998. She taught at White House of Music from 1998-2001 and was on the piano faculty at Waukesha County Conservatory of Music (Hartland, Wisconsin) from 2001-2008. She has been involved in music at Maranatha since 2001. She is the Piano Track Director for Great Lakes Music Festival and Music Camp, both sponsored by Maranatha. She is the Music School Director for Maranatha’s Music Prep School and is also Assistant Professor for the University, teaching a number of piano pedagogy, hymnplaying, and keyboarding classes. She is a state chairperson for the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs, as well as a member of the Music Teachers National Association (nationally certified), the American College of Musicians, and the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.

About
Ms. Tschida teaches the sixth grade Sunday School class at Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, and is additionally involved in music and the Ladies’ Bible Memory Group. She loves to be outdoors biking, playing tennis, walking her dog, going to the lake, or sitting around a campfire. She cheers for the Packers football team and loves Mexican food and the Caribbean.

(currently maintains a waiting list)

String Faculty Instructors

Timothy Hammond: Cello

MBU Assistant Adjunct Professor
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music

Education
MA in Music Performance |
BA in Music Performance |

Lewis Rosove: Viola, Violin

MBU Associate Adjunct Professor
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music

Education
MA in Music Performance | California State University-Northridge, Los Angeles, California
BA in Music Performance | California State University-Northridge, Los Angeles, California

Experience
Lewis Rosove has been teaching as an adjunct instructor at Maranatha since 2010. He began as Main Campus faculty during the fall semester of 2013. His viola experience includes playing in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Viola from 1986 to 2008. He has also held the position of Adjunct Professor of Viola at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2002 to 2014.

About
Lewis Rosove and his wife, Sandra, have been married since October 2005. He engages himself in the ministry of music at his local church, First Baptist Church in Hartland, Wisconsin. He enjoys computing and board games, as well as word games. His favorite food is fish and his favorite president is Ronald Reagan.

Rachel Stevens: Violin

Instructor
Maranatha Music Prep School

Education
BA in String Pedagogy | Maranatha Baptist University

Voice Faculty Instructors

Carol Ruffin

MBU Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music

Education
MFA in Music and Speech | Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina
BA in Bible, Music and Speech | Maranatha Baptist University, Watertown, Wisconsin

Experience
Mrs. Carol Senn Ruffin has taught music and speech at Maranatha since 1985, also having taught these subjects for one year from 1976-1977. She was on the Speech and Music Faculty at Pensacola Christian College (1977-1980). She was Music Reference Librarian from 1980-1981, and worked in Christian Broadcasting from 1981-1985. She has had several of her musical and literature compositions published through SoundForth, Bob Jones University Press, and a personal recording. While at Maranatha, she has also directed a number of dramatic productions and musicals, including HMS Pinafore; Anne of Green Gables: The Musical; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and The Sound of Music, among several others. She also participates in Maranatha’s tri-yearly production of Handel’s Messiah as mezzo-soprano or alto soloist.

About
Mrs. Ruffin is married to John A. Ruffin IV. Mrs. Ruffin enjoys composing music, writing plays, singing and acting in community theatre productions, gourmet cooking, sewing, crocheting, walking, working out at the local women’s fitness club, doing counted cross stitch and pressed flower art, playing with her pet cats, and completing home improvement projects. Mrs. Ruffin and her husband are members of Fellowship Baptist Church in Watertown, where she serves as Music Director. She also performs vocal and dramatic recitals and programs for churches and civic groups.

Early Childhood Faculty Instructors

Rick Townsend

MBU Director of Instrumental Music | Director of Music Teacher Education
School of Education

Education
PhD in Music Education and Wind Conducting | Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
MMus in Music Education and Supervision | Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
BA in Music | Alma College, Alma, Michigan

Experience
Dr. Rick Townsend came to Maranatha in 1996 to direct the music teacher education and instrumental music programs, and now has more than 40 years of music teaching experience. He has taught all levels of music in public and Christian schools. This includes early childhood music and movement classes, elementary general music, keyboard, secondary band and choir, college instrumental, and adult community groups. He directed the Freedom Farm Music Camp in Michigan for more than 15 years. Dr. Townsend has published extensive curriculum for band use, including Heritage I & II, and Progressions for Young Band, as well as numerous articles for music education journals. He has served as the early childhood chair of the Wisconsin Music Educator’s Association Council, and managing director of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA.org) from 2007-2013. He currently writes an early childhood music blog entitled The Parent Connection. 

About
Dr. Townsend and his wife, Linda, serve at Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown. Dr. Townsend plays in the church orchestra and teaches fifth and sixth grade band and choir for Calvary Baptist Christian School. He and his wife have three adult children—David, Todd, and Jennifer. “Dr. T,” as he is known by his students, is an avid Detroit Lions fan, claiming it keeps him humble. He writes curriculum when he is not teaching, and he loves chocolate ice cream.

Janet Tschida

MBU Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music

Education
MA in Music Education | University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
BS in Music| Maranatha Baptist University, Watertown, Wisconsin

Experience
Janet Tschida has had experience as piano instructor and teacher since 1998. She taught at White House of Music from 1998-2001 and was on the piano faculty at Waukesha County Conservatory of Music (Hartland, Wisconsin) from 2001-2008. She has been involved in music at Maranatha since 2001. She is the Piano Track Director for Great Lakes Music Festival and Music Camp, both sponsored by Maranatha. She is the Music School Director for Maranatha’s Music Prep School and is also Assistant Professor for the University, teaching a number of piano pedagogy, hymnplaying, and keyboarding classes. She is a state chairperson for the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs, as well as a member of the Music Teachers National Association (nationally certified), the American College of Musicians, and the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.

About
Ms. Tschida teaches the sixth grade Sunday School class at Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, and is additionally involved in music and the Ladies’ Bible Memory Group. She loves to be outdoors biking, playing tennis, walking her dog, going to the lake, or sitting around a campfire. She cheers for the Packers football team and loves Mexican food and the Caribbean.

(currently maintains a waiting list)

Intern Instructors for All Instruments

Intern Instructors

Interns…

  • Are music/music education majors or minors.
  • Are taking/have taken pedagogy courses where they learn proven strategies for teaching students of various ages and learning styles, techniques for adapting curriculum for a more well-rounded musicianship approach, current trends in music teaching, ensemble instruction techniques, early childhood music and movement teaching skills, and performance practices.
  • Are proficient instrumentalists (They have passed their freshman music performance exam. They have passed/will pass a sophomore music performance exam. Majors perform a 50 minute solo senior recital).
  • Have completed numerous hours of music teaching observation with master teachers.
  • Attend weekly master classes with university level teachers where they learn to diagnose and correct weaknesses in performance.
  • Record, watch, and critique a lesson they teach each week.
  • Meet individually with their student teaching supervisor to discuss their lesson plans and teaching recordings on a weekly basis.
  • Meet as a teacher group to discuss teaching strategies on a weekly basis.

Maranatha’s music graduates…

  • Have scored above the 90th percentile for five consecutive years on national standardized music testing.
  • Are frequently awarded graduate assistantships and have been accepted to over 25 well-known and established music graduate schools including Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, and Indiana University.
  • Regularly receive high reviews from their employers on competence and character.
  • Have a 100% pass rate for the National Certification through Music Teachers National Association (string and piano pedagogy concentrations).
  • Earn National Early Childhood Music & Movement Certification (general music concentrations).
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