Dr. Abby Musgrove is the Director of Choral Activities at Illinois College, where she teaches various music classes, conducts choirs and ensembles, and oversees the Music Education Program. She also conducts the Jacksonville Symphony Chorale. Prior to her appointment at Illinois College, Dr. Musgrove was on the faculty of Aurora University and received degrees from the University of Kansas, University of North Texas, and Millikin University. A native of central Illinois, Dr. Musgrove has taught all ages and levels of music, including choirs and bands, and is an avid church musician. Her musical interests are eclectic, from Renaissance polyphony and Baroque chamber to experimental and avant-garde, with plenty of classic rock thrown in.
Why I love to teach music:
Music has the power to change lives. It can make us laugh, cry, rejoice, pray, grieve, take up arms, or live in peace. All people have the ability to make music; it is an essential part of being human. I love introducing students to new types of music that they may never have heard before. I have a passion for conducting because ensembles are unique in their ability create a whole greater than the sum of its parts. They are teams in which the main goal is not to beat out the competition, but to strive toward the highest excellence. Our only adversary is mediocrity. Music elevates the human spirit, ensembles strengthen it.
Doctorate of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting) - University of Kansas
Master of Music (Choral Conducting) - University of North Texas
Bachelor of Music Education (Vocal and Instrumental) - Millikin University
Choral Techniques and Conducting
Science and Aesthetics
Courses currently taught at IC:
Blue Tie Affair
First Year Seminar
Elementary Music Methods
Secondary Music Methods
Science, History, Theology, International Students, Pets, Tea, Steampunk, Sci-Fi