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.
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.
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.