Description: This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the theory and history of music and most importantly answer WHY God gave us music and how it is applied. We will cover 3 areas of music education:
1) Music Theory - engaging lessons covering the basics of music (notes and staffs, rests and rhythm, time signatures and key signatures, tempo and dynamics, flats and sharps, and more).
2) Music History - we’ll look at the music periods and major composers for each period.
3) Music Matters - we’ll look at the Bible and what the Bible has to say about music and how it is used. We’ll compare that Biblical understanding to how music is used by people in the church and in the world.
The goal is for each student to be able to articulate why music matters to God and to them. Each student will be asked to prepare a piece of music that matters to them to sing or play close to Christmas and close to the end of the year (this is not graded on quality or quantity of talent).
Text: Essentials of Music Theory, Book 2, by Andrew Surmani. (They used Book 1 last year.)
Copy/Supply fee: $15 (check written to Derek Futrell due at Orientation or the first class)
Tuition fee: $350.00 ($35.00/month for 10 months, August-May, or $39.00/month if prorated or on a 9-month payment plan)
B.A. in Music Education, Masters of Divinity in Worship Leadership,
Masters of Theology in Applied Theology
Derek grew up in Virginia Beach, VA and was called to ministry at 15. He has served in various pastoral roles of churches in VA, NC and SC. He has been the lead pastor of Parkway since 2017. He holds a BA in Music Education from Gardner-Webb University (where he met his wife Melissa), an MDiv and a ThM from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. God has blessed him and Melissa with five children: Elijah, Isaac, Sam, Esther, and Anna. Derek and Melissa’s first calling is to make disciples of their children raising them with a biblical worldview, helping them to see the need for Christ in the world, and releasing them to follow God’s call wherever that might lead them. Derek is passionate about leading the church to be on mission for Christ to make disciples who make disciples to send out church planters and missionaries. He loves
the Word of God, music and worship, his family, fun, cooking, singing and teaching.
Courses Offered: Music (3rd-5th) , 9th-12th Group Vocals with Performance and Government / Economics (high school)