Timothy McGarvey Professor of Music; Department Chair

TimothyMcGarvey

Education:
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

Dr. McGarvey has been on the faculty at Northwestern College since 1989, where he serves as the director of bands and teaches courses in instrumental music education, conducting and horn. 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, Cuba 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 orchestras and bands throughout the Midwest.

MUS177 - Jazz Band

MUS180 - Symphonic Band

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

MUS215 - Survey of Instrumental Literature

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.(1 credit, alternate years, consult department)

MUS224 - Methods of Teaching Brass Instruments

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.(1 credit)

MUS225 - Methods of Teaching Woodwind Instruments

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.(1 credit)

MUS226 - Methods of Teaching Percussion Instruments

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.(1 credit)

MUS228 - Chamber Ensemble

(1/2 credit)

MUS285 - French Horn Lessons

MUS302 - Advanced Conducting

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.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)

MUS309 - Teaching Instrumental Music

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.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)

MUS412 - Special Topics in Music

This course provides in-depth study of special topics in music. Students will look at philosophical and practical issues in music within society and various cultures. Students will explore questions in theoretical, theological, historical, and performance approaches to music.Prerequisite: MUS318 or permission of instructor.(2 credits, non- yearly, consult department)

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

College Band Directors National Association

College Music Society

Iowa Bandmasters Association

Northwest Iowa Bandmasters Association

World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles

Granted Summer Research Grant by Northwestern College in 2013, 2007, 1998 and 1996.

Conducted the United States Army Band in concert at the Capitol in Washington D.C., 1998

Northwestern College Teaching Excellence Award, 1994

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

Elected life member of Pi Kappa Lambda - National Band Fraternity, 1987

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