Good Advice for Students Looking to Take a Biology and Nursing Dual Degree

NGU recently announced that it has created a dual nursing and biology degree in affiliation with the Mary Black School of Nursing at University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg. The first group of qualified students will have completed their first 3 years of education at NGU and transfer to the nursing education portion of our program in spring 2019. Whether you are already interested in entering the program or want to learn a bit more about what your academic future will look like, here are a few tips that will help you to succeed. Continue reading “Good Advice for Students Looking to Take a Biology and Nursing Dual Degree”

5 Reasons to Choose the Nursing and Biology Dual Degree Program

As large segments of the population are coping with chronic illness and increasing numbers of baby boomers are living well into their eighties and nineties, nursing professionals are in demand more than ever, and that trend is only expected to accelerate, with industry leaders predicting a shortage in the coming decades. If you’re passionate about providing exceptional healthcare from a Christian perspective, a nursing and biology dual degree program may be a good fit for you. Here are five reasons to consider the program at North Greenville University: Continue reading “5 Reasons to Choose the Nursing and Biology Dual Degree Program”

Meet Joe Simms: Interview with a MMED Grad

A conversation between MMED Dean Marianne Holland and MMED Grad Student Joe Simms

Dean Holland: Joe, now that you are about a third of the way through your planned classes of studies for the MMED degree, tell us your thoughts about the program?

Joe: When I made plans to begin this degree, my main goal was to obtain the master’s degree to increase my salary for the long haul. I knew I wanted to stay in band work, but the extra pay from earning a master’s would really help with my family expenses. My wife was willing to support me in securing this degree online, which meant I did not have to travel a long distance for classes.

Dean: I am glad that you chose NGU’s graduate school, since our programs are designed for working professionals. We want the classes to assist you in becoming a better teacher and to meet needs you may have in your professional career.

Joe: Well, although my band has been successful in recent years, I really began to notice that I needed to improve conducting skills, acquire new technical skills, and just gain more knowledge in how to teach certain skills. There were also some instruments that I needed to study privately, because I was weak on brass instruments since I am a woodwind player.

Dean: The NGU MMED program is able to provide all of those needs for our students. What brass instrument or instruments would you like to receive some private instruction?

Joe: I know that I need some help with trumpet. And I need to thank you for encouraging me to enroll for the Teaching AP Music Theory Class last summer. Knowing how many band students I teach each day, I had not thought that I might need additional certification to teach other music subjects. After completing the AP Class, one day, my instructional coach asked me if I would be interested in teaching AP Music Theory. Thank goodness, I had the certification and felt competent to teach AP Music Theory for not only band students, but string and choral students who were considering majoring in music in college.

Dean: We can certainly provide trumpet lessons for you one afternoon or late afternoon on campus. We will work with your schedule and the trumpet professor’s

schedule to find a time that is convenient for both of you. Yes, it has been our experience that AP Music Theory is a great certification to add to your music certification. Just recently another student told me that her minister husband has accepted a church in another state, and the only teaching position she can find is at the high school level. Having gained the AP Music Theory certification as a part of her degree, she now has a better opportunity of securing employment in the new location.

Joe: I realize that I cannot tell my students to continue learning if I do not lead by example. I need to show them improved methods of instruction, and good performing skills, because I am continuing to learn and improve my skills.

Dean: Thank you, Joe, for being so honest about your feelings, hopes, and dreams for the future. All of us at NGU are proud of you for realizing your need for life-long learning. And we are happy that you selected NGU’s graduate school for your master’s degree in music education.

Find out more about our MMEd degree.

Top Careers for a Music Masters Graduate

People love music. It’s a strong part of learning for all people. As part of our education system, parents schedule their children to have opportunities to learn, to sing, or play instruments because they know it benefits a child’s literacy, physical coordination, and general cognitive skills.

With a master’s degree in music education, you will have many career options. You won’t be paid like a top professional athlete or an astrophysicist but most music teacher jobs provide opportunities to ensure a good living while assisting students to enjoy music or select music education as a career path.

Let’s have a look at salary and description of the most popular music jobs.


Music Jobs

Secondary School Music Teacher

Where: public, private, or parochial schools

Skills Needed: Soft skills such as organizational skills, emotional intelligence, and communication skills are necessary. Completing coursework for a state certification or teaching certificate and classroom experience are prerequisites. Student teaching provides an opportunity to observe and learn valuable teaching skills under the supervision of a well-qualified cooperating teacher.

Job Description: Your role will depend on many factors such as the size of the high school, the music electives offered, and the number of teachers at the school. You may teach an instrument or be responsible for directing the school band, choir, or orchestra and for leading school music events like concerts and competitions, or you may be required to do all choir, and instrumental teaching in a small school system. You must be a team player!

Salary: Range: $30,000 – $71,181, $43,580 – 48,690 – Median salary range


Elementary/Primary School Music Teacher

Where: Elementary schools, high schools, and other specialized schools

Skills Needed: A strong desire to help others. Elementary school teachers need to enjoy working with children, have excellent organizational skills including much patience. State requirements vary but always include at least a bachelor’s in music education as well as teaching certificate, which provides student teacher experience.

Job Description: Teaching a general music class in grades K-6; introducing students to all aspects and varieties of music. You will introduce them to music genres through songs and video clips and teach them the basics of playing instruments such as the recorder. You can show them how music is a huge part of everyday life with clips from TV shows, movies, and YouTube videos, and teach them about music history.

Salary Range: $30,000 – $71,181 with a median salary between $43,580 – 48,690


College/Conservatory/University Professor/Adjunct Professor

Where: Public or private university or college

Skills Needed: A strong desire to help others. Good communication skills, emotional intelligence, and organizational skills are also needed. The academic world is highly competitive, and a PHD is usually required to teach even as an adjunct professor in many public and private institutions. Teaching experience at the high school or community college and technical precision in one’s instrument may also be necessary.  

Description: A university music educator or professor may teach music theory, composition, history, performance, music business studies as well as methods/technique courses for different instruments, and conducting. You may also be assigned to conduct orchestras, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, choir, vocal small ensembles, or chamber ensembles. Other roles may include providing music accompanist/direction for musicals, observing students in field experience, or student teaching. You must also be able to work with members of the College of Education.


Studio Teacher/Private Instructor

Where: studio in a music store, private music school/academy, or in-home

Skills Needed: Excellent people skills and communication skills are a requirement. A bachelor’s and/or in music education may not be required and is very helpful, as well as a high proficiency in an instrument is necessary.

Job Description: Typically, instructors hold individual or group lessons aimed at increasing student skills. Developing and implementing an effective curriculum is needed for an effective teacher. Instructors can work for private schools as a direct employees or contractors, or for themselves. When working for yourself, building up a profitable clientele takes time. Patience, hard work, and setting competitive rates are necessary for long-term success.

Salary: $30 – $120/hour


Choir Director

Where: churches, schools, universities, colleges, and/or elsewhere

Skills Needed: Again, one should have excellent communication skills, organizational skills, people skills, and leadership skills.

Job Description: Choir directors guide and direct choirs. They are responsible for leading choir rehearsals, recruiting singers, training and developing musicians, selecting the music for performances, and directing public performances. Duties may also include managing the choir’s budget and other administrative tasks. People often reflect back on their experiences singing in a choir as the highlight of their lives.

Salary: $15k – $175k

The opportunities with a liberal arts career are endless and really up to where you wish to focus. Careers in academia tend to offer stability and a fulfilling career of assisting others to acquire skills for life-time learning and enjoyment. But there are also opportunities in performance, writing, producing, and a range of other music-based careers.

Reasons to Get Your Music Masters Online

North Greenville University offers a Master of Music Education (MMEd) entirely online for those interested in directing bands or choirs, teaching General Music in elementary school or teaching privately. For the most part, masters-level music education programs require students to attend some or all of the classes in person. Some classes may be offered in blended or hybrid classes, but if you live in other parts of the state or nation, it would not be possible to attend in-person classes. Continue reading “Reasons to Get Your Music Masters Online”


Why did you choose the NGU program?

A very influential lady, Dr. Tawana Scott, approached me about an opportunity when she was in a project management class of mine at Carolina Computer Training. Through multiple conversations, I deemed this was the right time, cost and fit– although I had been thinking about getting my masters for years. Continue reading “MEET CHRISTINA TANKERSLEY, A RECENT MBA PROGRAM GRADUATE”

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