ContactArmstrong Atlantic State University
Department of Art, Music & Theatre
Fine Arts Hall, Room 125
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419
Music & Music Education Program
In a city whose musical roots include famed composer Johnny Mercer's auspicious beginnings, music students at Armstrong can immerse themselves in musical studies both in the classroom and in the community. Extensive music theory, history and education course sequences support private studio performance regimens that produce well-rounded young professional musicians and music educators in degree areas of performance (Bachelor of Music) and classroom education (Bachelor of Music Education).
The renowned international Savannah Music Festival, Savannah Jazz Festival, Savannah Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, and Savannah Concert Association concert events provide additional local musical stimulation for the aspiring music student.
PerformanceAMT students put their course of study into frequent practice, enjoying bountiful opportunities to collaborate with peers in vocal ensembles ranging from University Chorale to the more intimate setting of the Armstrong Chamber Singers, and instrumentally in Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble. Solo and collaborative recitals are integrated into the Armstrong music student's degree program, while weekly performance classes provide ample opportunity for each student to master performance techniques and develop commanding stage presence. Music students enjoy concerts and recitals in Armstrong's 1,000-seat state-of-the-art concert hall, the Fine Arts Auditorium, considered by many to be the most acoustically perfect concert venue in Savannah.
Recognized student organizationsMusic Education students begin to develop professional networks through involvement in Armstrong's collegiate chapter of Music Educator's National Conference (CMENC) professional organization and interacting with field professionals at several Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) events sponsored and hosted by Armstrong each year. Men in the music program may join Armstrong's collegiate music fraternity chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Additional musical activities available to Armstrong music students include involvement in the Savannah chapter of Georgia Music Teachers Association (GMTA), a predominantly keyboard-oriented professional teaching organization. Annual music festivals at Armstrong include: PianoFest Competition and Masterclasses, Southeastern Choral Arts Festival, Outdoor Children's Arts Festival, Winterfest Invitational Honor Band, and a summer arts camp for young children whereby music education students can gain invaluable experience.