A Perfect Audience

A Perfect Audience

When Dr. Townsend Speaks…Babies Listen!!! Maranatha music faculty frequently present workshops at conferences. See the picture below of Dr. Rick Townsend, director of Music Education at Maranatha, presenting a workshop entitled – Emergent Musical Meanings: Music Learning Theory’s Influence in Early Childhood Music – to a perfect audience at the recent Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML) [Continue Reading...]

Do Music Missionaries Exist?

Do Music Missionaries Exist?

Ruth Potter, a Maranatha music undergraduate, has been a missionary in the Philippines for four years as a music teacher at Bob Jones Memorial Bible College (BJMBC). The school’s main purpose is to educate pastors who are starting churches. However, the school also has a music department, and many Philippine churches provide financial support for [Continue Reading...]

Recent Grad Secures Competitive Position

Recent Grad Secures Competitive Position

Maranatha’s Music Department congratulates Janine Kolinski Brown, a recent Maranatha music grad, on being selected from well over 100 applicants for a competitive, Jefferson School District music educator position. Read Janine’s comments about her experience below: What surprised you about this interview process? I was surprised by how similar preparing for an interview is to [Continue Reading...]

Lomax’s Choir Gives Impressive Performance

Lomax’s Choir Gives Impressive Performance

Micah Lomax graduated from Maranatha with a degree in Music Education-Piano Proficiency.  After graduation, Micah was able to seek a highly competitive graduate assistant position at Florida State University in music theory. Upon completion of his Master’s Degree in Music Theory, he began teaching at Howard W. Blake High School in Tampa, Florida. Below are [Continue Reading...]

Aspiring Teachers in Awe of Possibilities

Aspiring Teachers in Awe of Possibilities

Maranatha music students just returned from a one week, Music Education Observation Fieldtrip with Dr. Rick Townsend, Maranatha’s Music Education Program Coordinator. Read what they have to say about their experience: “This past week we had the privilege of observing master music teachers in public school elementary music classrooms. The teachers’ dynamic teaching skills made [Continue Reading...]

Recent Grads Direct Groups Winning Nationals

Recent Grads Direct Groups Winning Nationals

Janine Kolinski Brown graduated in 2012 with a degree in Music Education (Instrumental Track), and Sarah Herbert Pill graduated in 2011 with a degree in Music (Piano Performance Emphasis). This year, Sarah and Janine are teaching music as part-time instructors at Maranatha Baptist Academy. Under Janine’s direction, the band placed first at Nationals. The Small [Continue Reading...]

Nathan Ledgerwood’s Orchestra Earns Highest Ratings

Nathan Ledgerwood’s Orchestra Earns Highest Ratings

After graduating from Maranatha, Nathan Ledgerwood received his MM in Cello Performance from University of Texas, Austin, studying with Phyllis Young. After additional schooling for state certification, Nathan has been directing the orchestra at Walsh Middle School in Round Rock, Texas where he teaches over 100 string students, grades 6-8. Nathan’s orchestra earned all 1 [Continue Reading...]

Learning Through Teaching

Learning Through Teaching: Student Teaching Challenges and Opportunities Janine Kolinski, a 2012 music education graduate, reflects on her student teaching experience. Where did you student teach? I student taught with two different traveling music teachers. So, I actually taught at four different schools: Slinger Middle School, Slinger High School, Slinger Elementary, and Allenton Elementary. How [Continue Reading...]

Maranatha Coursework Leads to ECMMA Certification

From left, Annelies Harmon (Music Ed), Melissa Aurand Haese (Piano Pedagogy), Kara Burgess (Piano Pedagogy), Jessica Garrison (Piano Pedagogy), and Savannah Bungert (Music Ed) receive their certificates from department chair, Dr. David Ledgerwood.     Five Maranatha music students completed a rigorous course of study and an extended early childhood music teaching practicum to earn [Continue Reading...]