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David Townsend

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Department of Music Education
Division of Music
School of Fine Arts and Communication



  • MMus, Music Education, Michigan State University
  • BS, Music Education, Bob Jones University


  • Lab Band (ME 392)
  • Percussion Ensemble (Ens 126)
  • Percussion Methods Class (ME 217)
  • Private Instruction for the Percussion Major/Principal (Per 491)
  • Private Percussion Instruction for the Non-Major (Per 291)
  • Teaching Secondary Instrumental Music (Ed 386)


I am a child of God, devoted husband, father of four, music educator, percussionist, music arranger, and sports enthusiast. I enjoy spending time with God and my family, teaching, making and listening to music, watching football, playing basketball, running, hunting, fishing, hiking, and learning.

My father and mother were both music teachers, so I grew up observing and experiencing quality music education from my earliest days. My music education continued at BJU, where I completed a Bachelor of Science in Music Education with a percussion proficiency in 1997. In 2005, I earned a Master of Music Degree in Music Education from Michigan State University. I have also completed Mastership Levels I and II Certification for Elementary General Music through the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. 

My professional experiences include teaching band, choir, percussion, general music, composing, music appreciation, and music history K-12 in southern Michigan for 20 years. During this time I was priviledged to have 7 classes of students progress from Kindergarten all the way through High School graduation. I was able to see the impact of early childhood music education on those students as they passed through the various ages and stages of musical development, won numerous music awards, and graduated from our school competent musicians. I have also conducted the Hillsdale Wind Symphony, judged for numerous ACE and MACS music competitions, and had the joy of seeing a number of my percussion arrangements published. I am thrilled to be part of the music education faculty at BJU this year, and look forward to sharing what I have learned with the next generation of music educators.