Music students put their course of study into frequent practice, enjoying bountiful opportunities to collaborate with peers in vocal ensembles ranging from the University Chorale to the more intimate setting of the Armstrong University 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.
Music Education students begin to develop professional networks through involvement in Armstrong's collegiate chapter of National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 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 and series at Armstrong include: Piano in the Arts concerts and master classes, Southeastern Choral Arts Festival, Outdoor Children's Arts Festival, and the Winterfest Invitational Middle and High School Honor Band whereby music education students can gain invaluable experience.
As a unit of the University System of Georgia and Armstrong State University, the music program of the Armstrong Department of Art, Music & Theatre is committed to fostering an environment of academic, cultural (artistic) and leadership excellence in music, music history and music education by:
- providing the highest quality performance opportunities for students and community to stimulate intellectual growth, provide cultural enrichment and promote a lifelong love of music;
- creating an environment of academic expectation and achievement that is grounded in recognized, professional standards;
- advancing scholarship, creative endeavors, teaching, and service to the community through exemplary leadership in music education;
- and serving as a musical resource for the community.