Throughout history, music has played an influential role in almost every culture. Today,
music continues to influence society, especially among Christian circles as it serves as a foundation of worship. The Music Minor at Patrick Henry College offers students the opportunity to delve into the different fields of music professions.
The Patrick Henry College music minor sets the foundation for music education through the Music Theory and Aural Skills courses. Music Theory I & II teaches students the basics of writing music. Students then have the opportunity to use this material to analyze a classical composition or compose a piece of their own.
Applying Music Knowledge
Music students also must take a minimum of four semesters of applied music lessons in piano, flute, string instruments, or voice. The music faculty at Patrick Henry College are all qualified to teach at any level, so students may take any applied music course regardless of prior experience.
At the end of each semester, applied music students join together to share what they have learned and practiced. They perform a mid-day concert in the Barbara Hodel Center for the whole school to enjoy.
Finally, Patrick Henry College’s music minor requires students to take a practicum or apprenticeship. This allows them to use in the field the skills they learned in the classroom and practice room. Students have completed internships as music teachers, Music Department assistants here at PHC, and members of church worship teams. Working in these areas, they can not only grow themselves but also see and support other growing musicians.
Truth Through Music
By studying music, young Christians learn to influence the culture for Christ. They learn to communicate truth without words. Regardless of whether or not these students intend to use their musical experience in the church, the Patrick Henry College music minor gives them the tools to create meaning for others through music and lead them closer to the truth.
About the author: Mercy Quinonez, from Virginia, is currently studying Classical Liberal Arts at Patrick Henry College. She is bilingual in English and Spanish, has served as the editor of the College’s Literary Journal, The Vessel, has served as an AV tech for events services and currently serves as an EMT with the Purcellville, VA Volunteer Rescue Squad.
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