A minor in Music is an interdisciplinary program that exposes students to the theory, history, performance and composition of music. Students will take courses on tonal harmony, ear training and music theory as they learn to write, arrange, and conduct musical compositions.


Below is a list of courses that are required to earn a minor in Music. Take a look at the list below to help give you an idea of classes within this program. Be sure to review the official requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

Required Courses

MUS 101 Tonal Harmony 1 & Practice     Credit Hours: 4
This course is designed to equip the student with a thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of music theory in order to provide a foundation, which prepares the student for the study of harmony including an aural perception of scales, intervals, and chords. Additionally, this course is intended
to expose the student to the basic rules of part-writing through written exercises and harmonic analysis.

MUS 103 Tonal Harmony 2 & Practice     Credit Hours: 4
This course is a continuation of MUS 101 and is designed to expand the student’s knowledge of harmony through the study of secondary triads, augmented and diminished triads, seventh chords, melody and rhythm, secondary dominants, elementary modulation, and improvisation through the study and application of non-harmonic tones. This course also includes an advanced study of the aural perception of scales, intervals, and chords.
Prerequisite: MUS 101

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MUS-CC 160     Credit Hours: 1
This course is a mixed choir with membership open to students by audition. This group represents the College on many occasions during the year. (There are two ninety-minute rehearsals per week.)


MUS-WE 161     Credit Hours: 1
This course is a performance ensemble that plays a variety of music, including transcriptions, serious 20th century works, marches, and lighter selections. Several concerts are performed each year.

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MUS 301 Form and Analysis     Credit Hours: 2
This course is a study of the structure of musical composition through the analysis of specific
works by composers of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Twentieth Century
Prerequisite: MUS 203

MUS 303 Orchestration and Instrumentation     Credit Hours: 3
Orchestration and instrumentation is a “hands on” course to assist the student in developing skills
in arranging music for choirs, bands, and orchestra. The student will receive instruction in basic
editing software such as Finale.
Prerequisite: MUS 203

MUS 306 Counterpoint     Credit Hours: 3
This is a course that provides a stylistic study of both modal and tonal counterpoint, with an
emphasis on eighteenth-century procedures through the examination of invention, suite, and fugue.
Assignments include analysis and composition.
Prerequisite: MUS 301

MUS 331 Beginning Conducting   Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to conducting patterns in both simple and compound meters and
with a class laboratory experience.

MUS 332 Choral Conducting   Credit Hours: 3
This is a course requiring intensive drill in choral conducting techniques, rehearsal procedures and
historical perspectives. Laboratory experience is provided.
Prerequisite: MUS 331

MUS 332 Instrumental Conducting   Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to follow beginning conducting. This course continues the study of
conducting technique with an emphasis on leadership of instrumental groups. Laboratory
experience is provided.
Prerequisite: MUS 331

MUS 357 Worship & Theology   Credit Hours: 3
This course will assist the student in developing biblical filters by which to shape worship practice.
Understanding a “Christocentric” approach to worship will provide the future worship leader a
biblical and practical way to determine music appropriateness and substantiation of applicable

MUS 410 World Music   Credit Hours: 3
This is a course of study designed to increase the student’s knowledge and understanding of world
music. Repertoires to be studied include African, Asian, Indian, and Javanese music.

MUS 451 Hymnology: A Singing Theology   Credit Hours: 3
This course will research the historical and cultural influences of hymn development from ancient
times to the present with special attention paid to Baptist life. The student will discover the value
of hymns in the worship and devotional life of the church. This class will be exposed to biblical
filters which will guide the student in determining theological appropriateness for use in worship,
particularly in Baptist life.

*Students who choose to minor in music must take MUS 205 Music Appreciation for their Fine Arts elective.

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Joanna Phillips-Mock

Student Enrichment Director

Joanna Phillips-Mock is a proud third generation Baron, both as a student and a staff member.

Beginning her teaching career in Middle Georgia in 1995, Mrs. Mock worked with a state funded program that served some of the most disadvantaged special needs students within the local school districts. She ultimately moved into leadership positions within the organization, serving and training others in multiple initiatives. She enjoys working with students of all ages to recognize and to achieve their greatest potential.

Mrs. Mock holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brewton-Parker College, a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Behavior Disorders, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Georgia College and State University. She resides in Ailey, Georgia, with her husband Don, their son Tye Lewis, her mother Carol Joyce, and multiple fur babies. She enjoys traveling, gardening, camping, and attending concerts.

Candace Lilford

Profeessional Tutor

Candace Lilford graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Generalism in 2021 from Anderson University and with her master’s degree in English Literature in 2023 from the University of Alabama. She presently serves as Professional Tutor for the Student Enrichment Center while also teaching sections of ENG 101 and 102. 

As part of her two-year master's program, Ms. Lilford taught sections of ENG 101 and 102, while also serving as teaching assistant for British Literature Survey courses and volunteering in the university’s Writing Center. Ms Lilford has also presented papers at the Hudson Strode Conference and the South Eastern Christian and Literature Conference as well as working on various theatrical productions.

Born in North Carolina of South African descent, Ms. Lilford has lived in Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, and Trinidad before settling in Mount Vernon with her family in 2016, where she attended Brewton-Parker College as a dual enrollment student. She presently resides in Mount Vernon with her family and spends her free time watching old TV shows.

Linda Armstrong

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Linda Armstrong earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Southeastern Technical College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Walden University. Throughout her career, Linda has worked with diverse populations, including at-risk youth and families and youth in crisis because of mental health and other issues. Her empathetic nature has made her an effective advocate for those in need. In addition to her professional work, Linda is also is committed to volunteerism. She has dedicated countless hours as a youth mentor, and to teaching about her faith at various Christian organizations. She believes in the power of positivity and its ability to transform not only her life but also the lives of others.

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Willie Ford

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Greetings, Baron Nation!

It's truly a joy to be back in a place that has shaped me so profoundly. I'm Willie Ford, a proud 2022 graduate of historic Brewton-Parker College, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Education. Following my graduation, I embarked on a journey in education, teaching Special Education within the Vidalia City School District. In addition to my role as an educator, I had the privilege of serving as the Unit Director at the J.D. Rabun Boys and Girls Club. All the while, I was honored to pastor at the esteemed New Hope Baptist Church of Rhine, Georgia. With God's grace, I managed these responsibilities, and now, I'm thrilled and ready to contribute to the welfare of our students, aiming to inspire through service.

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Mental Health Counselor

Dusty Arnold  is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst as well as a BPC alumnus. He has years of experience working with a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, grief, and challenges related to Autism. He specializes in behavior-related interventions that can help college students build on their strengths to set achievable goals while also learning how to deal with the thoughts and feelings that sometimes get in the way. He incorporates Biblical values and evidence-based treatments to meet students wherever they happen to be on their journey to spiritual and psychological health. 

Carl Anthony "Tony" Wardlaw

Assistant Student Enrichment Director & Student Success Coach

Carl Anthony “Tony” Wardlaw – For over 25 years, Dr. Wardlaw has worked in leadership, counseling, and pastoring. Beginning with working in middle management for a manufacturing company in Douglas, GA, Dr. Wardlaw has also worked in the academic, nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Additionally, he served over 7 years in the United States Military as a Military Intelligence Officer before resigning his commission as a Captain in the Army.

Currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Student Enrichment Center, Student Success Coach, and Adjunct Faculty at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, GA, he also serves as the Pastor of The Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Dublin, GA.

As a member of the renowned International Gospel Singing Group, The Wardlaw Brothers, Dr. Wardlaw has traveled all over the nation and abroad ministering and singing the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Dr. Wardlaw has served as a consultant for various agencies and has worked as a Fatherhood Coordinator and G.E.D. instructor within the Technical College System of Georgia and participates in local and national civic and philanthropic work.

Dr. Wardlaw holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from the University of Georgia, two master's degrees from Troy University (Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Psychology and Master of Education in Counseling), and a Doctorate in Education from Argosy University in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Wardlaw is a Lifetime Silver Member of The NAACP and a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is happily married to the former Mrs. Stephanie Scott. They have 3 Children; Chambria, Marc, and Carleigh.

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