Families, Ladders, and the Challenge of Learning Intervals

Families, Ladders, and the Challenge of Learning Intervals

Article written by associate professor Dr. Michelle Clater. Augmented? Diminished?  Or maybe it should be major?  Should that be an F-sharp or an F-natural?  Such is often the dilemma of students learning intervals, but it doesn’t have to be so complicated.  Instead, I like using a visual system that can help students learn intervals more [Continue Reading…]

Musical Gems 2016

Musical Gems 2016

Over 130 first-time campers, returning campers, and 50 university students created an exciting learning environment for the 24th annual Great Lakes Music Festival. High school students from eight different states arrived Friday afternoon, rehearsed their repertoire as a group for the very first time, and finished the weekend performing a wonderful, enriching performance that no one [Continue Reading…]

Commencement Contest Adds Spark to End of Year

Commencement Contest Adds Spark to End of Year

Each spring semester, Maranatha’s Departments of Music and Humanities host the Music and Speech Commencement Contests, encouraging students to compete in their respective areas of study or interest. Categories for this year’s competitions included classical piano, classical instrumental, vocal (sacred and classical combined), dramatic interpretation, and persuasive speaking. Winners from each category presented their pieces [Continue Reading…]

MBU Senior Offered Scholarship for Grad Program

MBU Senior Offered Scholarship for Grad Program

Current senior Music Education major, Joy Parker, has been offered a scholarship from Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ). This scholarship provides the way for her to pursue a master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. Parker says she is “interested in teaching piano at the college level” and would also like to teach overseas for [Continue Reading…]

Hamlet, Pedagogy, and Biotechnology

Hamlet, Pedagogy, and Biotechnology

Department of Humanities | Exploring options Designed to educate broadly rather than train narrowly, a Humanities degree is one of the best degrees students can take to prepare for future specialization in any of more than 7,000 graduate programs offered in universities nationwide. Majors in Applied Science, Communication Arts, Cross-cultural Studies, English, Letters, and Liberal [Continue Reading…]

Students and Donors Blessed by Scholarships

Students and Donors Blessed by Scholarships

Every April, Maranatha Baptist University invites representatives from over 25 privately funded scholarships to attend its annual Scholarship Awards Chapel. During this chapel, Maranatha presents current undergraduate students with scholarships reflective of their majors, character, and financial needs. Various family members and friends set up the majority of the scholarships as memorials for loved ones, [Continue Reading…]

Music to the Glory of God

Music to the Glory of God

Artist Series guest, classical guitarist Gabriel Rodriguez, has been enjoying his time on campus, interacting with students and sharing highlights of his beautiful music in the Dining Complex. Students invited Mr. Rodriguez to present his philosophy of music in Spanish chapel, a weekly chapel initiated by Spanish Professor Dr. Manuel Morales to challenge students to [Continue Reading…]

Skills Honed in Conducting Course

Skills Honed in Conducting Course

In the clip below, Melody Steinbart artfully conducts “Introit and Kyrie” from Requiem by Gabrielle Faure. This performance is a portion of Melody’s 30 minute final project for “Advanced Conducting,” a course taught by Dr. David Brown. Students in Advanced Conducting prepare a 30 minute video project to include in their professional portfolios, to use in graduate [Continue Reading…]