The Department of Music is committed to a strong outreach program that provides music education, cultural awareness, and musical opportunities to the local community and greater southeast Georgia region.
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
The ACDA Collegiate chapter provides professional and collegial contacts for choral music education students.
Boys & Girls Club Lessons
A unique partnership is available to Georgia Southern Music Education Majors and students in grades 4-12 who attend the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County. The children come to the Music Department two afternoons a week to receive lessons in guitar or world percussion. Georgia Southern Music Majors plan and teach the lessons. More than 30 adolescents participated in the program’s first year, learning chord progressions, basic theory, world drumming techniques, instrument care, and ensemble performance skills. The students debuted their musical skills with a public performance at ArtsFest and a formal recital in April 2013. This program is funded by The Sylvia and William Gretsch Memorial Foundation.
Kappa Kappa Psi
Kappa Kappa Psi is a fraternal organization that promotes the advancement of college and university bands through dedicated service and support to bands; comprehensive education; leadership opportunities; and recognition; for the benefit of its members and society. The Nu Kappa chapter was installed in 2014.
National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate Chapter
The mission of NAfME, the National Association for Music Education, is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. NAfME has more than 75,000 members nationwide and serves students and teachers at all levels of music education.Music Education majors are expected to join NAfME for a small cost each year, and this membership includes a joint membership with Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA). As members, students receive the professional publications Georgia Music News, Teaching Music, and Music Educators Journal. They also attend the annual GMEA Conference held in Savannah, for a significantly reduced conference fee. The Collegiate Chapter participates in several community outreach events each year, including Instrument Petting Zoos and working with local school music programs.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a national fraternal society founded in 1898. The fraternity works to promote “the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students” and “the advancement of music in America.” The Zeta Omicron chapter is the oldest Greek letter organization at GSU, having been chartered in 1953.
Pi Kappa Lambda
This national honor society in music is open to junior, senior, and graduate music majors. In addition to scholarship, all students who are elected to the society must be considered to have outstanding musicianship. The Iota Pi chapter was inaugurated in 2005.
Sigma Alpha Iota
Sigma Alpha Iota is an international music fraternity for women. Founded in 1903, SAI and its members are proud of their strong heritage, supporting the art of music. The Gamma Theta chapter was installed in 1958.
Tau Beta Sigma
Tau Beta Sigma is a co-educational national honorary band sorority dedicated to serving college and band programs. Its goals are not only to provide the band with organized and concentrated service activities, but to give members valid and wholesome experiences in organization, leadership, and social contacts. The Eta Xi chapter was installed in 1986.