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Nathan MacAvoy

Nathan MacAvoy

Department of Keyboard Studies
Division of Music
School of Fine Arts and Communication



  • DMA, Piano Pedagogy, University of South Carolina - Columbia
  • MM, Music Performance, University of South Carolina - Columbia
  • BS, Music Education, Bob Jones University



Nathan MacAvoy serves as assistant professor in the Department of Keyboard Studies at Bob Jones University where he teaches applied piano. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina. While there, he studied applied piano under Charles Fugo and piano pedagogy under Scott Price and Sara Ernst. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Bob Jones University where he studied piano with Deanna Moore.

Nathan performs regularly and has presented pedagogical research at state and national conferences. He is the immediate past president of the Columbia Music Teachers Association where he served as the chair for Celebration of Musical Achievement – the association’s largest, non-competitive, adjudicated event. He also led the Virtual Auditions Committee, which established guidelines for virtual events during Covid and beyond. He is the creator of Learn Piano Now, an online, group piano method for young beginners.

Nathan is dedicated to helping each student take the next step both musically and spiritually. To him, teaching a beginner’s first lesson is just as exciting as helping a student prepare for their senior recital. He sees parallels between healthy, musical development and spiritual sanctification. There is always room for further growth, and this growth is best cultivated in community. Ultimately, the joy of learning is incomplete if not matched by a changing life that mirrors Christ. Nathan and his wife, Martha, moved to the Greenville area with their three children during the summer of 2022. They have enjoyed getting to know the area and settling into their new home. As a family, they enjoy spending time outside, working on house projects, reading, and cooking.