Music faculty

Timothy McGarvey, D.M.A.

Professor of Music

D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
M.M., Western Michigan University
B.S., Taylor University

712-707-7066
mcgarvey@nwciowa.edu
DMH 109

Profile

Dr. McGarvey has been on the faculty at Northwestern College since 1989, where he teaches conducting and horn. He also serves as the director of bands, director of the Chamber Orchestra and coordinator of instrumental music education. In 1994 he received the Northwestern College Teaching Excellence Award. He is a specialist in new music, having conducted world premieres of many new works.

Dr. McGarvey is active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad, including performances with the United States Army Band in Washington D.C., the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, and professional ensembles in Ukraine, Venezuela and Mexico. He is the assistant conductor of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of their horn section since 1989. As a horn player, he has performed with professional and semi-professional orchestras and bands throughout the Midwest.


Courses

  • Jazz Exploration and Understanding

    Jazz Exploration and Understanding

    (3 credits, non-yearly, consult department) (IGE option under Aesthetic Experience) This course will explore the development, history and music of jazz from its roots to today. Students will learn how culture has affected its development and how it has impacted and changed culture. Students will look closely at the music and those who have been leaders in its development. This multimedia course will focus on an aural and a historical understanding of the nature of the creative process in jazz within the context of a Christian perspective.
  • Jazz Band

    Jazz Band

  • Symphonic Band

    Symphonic Band

    (1/2 credit) Membership in each ensemble is by auditions held in the fall during the first week of classes.
  • Survey of Instrumental Literature

    Survey of Instrumental Literature

    (1 credit, alternate years, consult department) This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the core and standard repertoire for bands and orchestras from a variety of levels. Emphasis will be music suitable for educational settings. In addition, literature for collegiate ensembles will be presented. This course is designed to provide the student with the resources necessary to program band or orchestra literature in a school setting. Prerequisite: MUS112.
  • Methods of Teaching Brass Instruments

    Methods of Teaching Brass Instruments

    (1 credit) This course is required for students who have selected a career concentration in instrumental music education. Students will acquire a basic playing facility for at least two instruments in each generic category. The course will familiarize students with concepts and procedures that will enable them to teach wind, percussion, and string instruments to students at the elementary and secondary levels.
  • Methods of Teaching Woodwind Instruments

    Methods of Teaching Woodwind Instruments

    (1 credit) This course is required for students who have selected a career concentration in instrumental music education. Students will acquire a basic playing facility for at least two instruments in each generic category. The course will familiarize students with concepts and procedures that will enable them to teach wind, percussion, and string instruments to students at the elementary and secondary levels.
  • Chamber Ensemble

    Chamber Ensemble

    (1/2 credit)
  • French Horn Lessons

    French Horn Lessons

  • Advanced Conducting

    Advanced Conducting

    (2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course is designed to further develop the student's basic conducting skills. The student will learn how to interpret stylistically the intentions of a composer and how to rehearse effectively. Compositions for band, choir and orchestra are studied. Included in the course are studies in score preparation, clef reading, transposition, rehearsal techniques, and error detection. Prerequisite: MUS301.
  • Teaching Instrumental Music

    Teaching Instrumental Music

    (2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course deals with techniques, literature and materials used for teaching instrumental music at the elementary and secondary levels. A primary emphasis of the course is the study of educational philosophy. Score reading and analysis of wind, percussion and string music, discussion of rehearsal procedures, and the study and observation of marching band techniques are also covered in the course.

Professional experience

  • Graduate Assistant, Western Michigan University and University of Cincinnati
  • Director of Bands, Ashland Middle School, Ashland, Wisconsin
  • Instructor of Horn and Percussion, Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin
  • Director of Bands, Annapolis High School and Oakley W. Best High School, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Memberships

  • College Band Directors National Association
  • College Music Society
  • World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles

Honors

  • Teaching Excellence Award, Northwestern College, 1994