Skip to main content

David Townsend

Photo of David Townsend

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

Email

Education

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

Courses

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

About

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. This 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 as competent musicians. During this period, I also conducted the Hillsdale Wind Symphony, judged for numerous music competitions, and had the joy of seeing a number of my percussion arrangements published.

Since moving to Greenville with my family in the fall of 2018, I have taught music education classes and supervised student teachers at BJU while completing doctoral studies at the University of South Carolina. I also teach percussion at BJU and enjoy serving as a percussionist in our church orchestra and with the Greenville Concert Band. One of my greatest joys is helping our music education and percussion students prepare for the ministries God has for them.