Rachel (Scheller) McElroy ’04

Rachel (Scheller) McElroy

  • M.S. in Music Education: Pensacola Christian College
  • Director for Home School Music Co-op Strings Program, Private Music Instructor, Certified Kindermusik Teacher

“I love working with students who are developing their intermediate skills. There is such an opportunity to introduce new concepts and techniques and to get the students really excited about music. Feedback from parents and students always thrills me: ‘You started him on his musical career!’ ‘I would have given up the violin if it hadn’t been for you.’ ‘I hope I can play like you someday!’

“My lessons and classes at PCC gave me valuable technical skills but also provided firsthand observations of teachers on the job. I have found that many of my teaching techniques and styles copy those from my instructors there at PCC. I feel like I gained not just teaching skills but a love and enjoyment for music.”

Brian Weer ’01

Brian Weer

  • M.S. in Music Education: Pensacola Christian College
  • Associate Pastor of Music and Worship, Salem Baptist Church (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • Director of Music, Salem Baptist Christian School (Winston-Salem, NC)

“PCC helped me grow in music by instilling a strong musical/theoretical background with an emphasis on ministry. I plan and lead the worship services at our church and teach the following courses at the school: high school through beginner bands; choirs; middle and high school handbells; and I lead high school chapel music.”

Brian’s favorite part about working as a musician is “the thrill of leading a congregation in worship before the Lord and knowing that people can be hurting on the inside, and being personally used by God to bring them to Him in worship.”

Yoshio Nakamura ’96

Yoshio Nakamura

  • M.S. in Secondary Education: Pensacola Christian College
  • Band Director and Music Teacher, Raleigh Christian Academy (Raleigh, NC)
  • Orchestra Director, Beacon Baptist Church (Raleigh, NC)
  • Awards: His high school band has won first place in the North Carolina Association of Christian Schools fine arts competition for the past three years.

“I am grateful that I was taught how to play all of the instruments in the various methods classes [at PCC]. I also use what I learned in my arranging classes on a weekly basis as I arrange music for my band and orchestra on Finale.”

“My favorite part of my job is getting to watch my students grow and develop their instrumental abilities and then use those abilities in their local church.”

Joshua Prenevost ’06

Steve and Jennifer Hall

  • M.S. in Music Education: Pensacola Christian College
  • Assistant Pastor and Music Director, Cornerstone Baptist Church (Smyrna, TN)

“I feel that the education I received at PCC was well rounded and has helped provide me with the creativity, flexibility, and vision to adapt to the needs of a growing church. I left PCC feeling confident and prepared for wherever the Lord would lead me.

“I am responsible for our church’s music program, church visitation, and retirement home ministry. Some of my weekly responsibilities include editing sermons for posting online, handling benevolence requests, leading congregational singing, directing the adult and children’s choir, managing the church website, and helping organize church activities. My wife (Joy, ’02 Elementary Education grad) and I work together on almost everything as an inseparable team. I love being in a position where I can influence, help, and witness to people for God’s glory on a full time basis.”

Melissa Lingle ’91

Melissa lingle

In only one week’s time, PCC alumna Melissa Lingle (Music Ed ’91) accomplishes more than many might hope to accomplish in a month.

As a music teacher at a school and the musical theater director for the Creative and Performing Arts Academy (CaPAA), Lingle regularly teaches 42 general music classes for over 800 students, works with private music lessons and musical theater, and is responsible for three choirs.

“Between all the grade level concerts and choir appearances, I manage at least nine concerts per school year, coordinating all the necessary components between each of the buildings, teachers, and principals to make them work,” Lingle said.

Lingle works with even the youngest of students through a class called Music for Little Mozarts in which she trains students in simple rhythm reading and pitch matching and helps them learn to clap on the beat. During the next few years, students build on those foundational skills to learn basic notation and more complex rhythm reading and pitch matching.

By the time students reach sixth grade, Lingle will have worked with them on how to sight sing and play the recorder. Students will also have composed their first original songs and learned about guitars and the influence of other cultures on music.

At CaPAA, Lingle said she teaches “basic theater vocabulary, acting skills, and proper vocal technique and do[es] it all while having tons of fun through theater games and storytelling.”

“I love seeing the kids fall in love with music and light up when they realize they can sing and compose and express themselves through song,” Lingle said. “Watching them achieve success through performing and being proud of something they’ve done with excellence because of their hard work is very satisfying to me.”

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Lingle looks back on her education from PCC as a time when she gained valuable instruction about and experience in the classroom. “The methods courses and in-classroom teaching opportunities prepared me to be an excellent music educator, no matter the setting.”

Lingle added, “Being a part of the operas and musicals at PCC gave me great insight into how to make a job with a theater company work.” Some of the performances Lingle helped with while at PCC include The Mikado, The Elixir of Love, and The Barber of Seville.

Now Lingle is the one selecting musicals, designing costumes, preparing music, running lines, and blocking scenes for the youngest division shows at CaPAA.

Lingle recognizes that her faith has been an influential factor in how she approaches music and theater. Whether through pointing out the influence the church and Christianity have had on the development of music and the arts or through talking about her faith and praying with parents when God has opened the doors, Lingle is ready to share about her faith.

“The parents notice that I encourage a collaborative rather than a competitive atmosphere for their children and that we lift others up and praise one another for accomplishments rather than put one another down to make ourselves look better,” Lingle explained.

Though she works long days and sometimes long nights, Lingle loves that she is fulfilling a desire she has had since she was only twelve—to be a music teacher. “I love watching the children gain confidence and poise,” she said. “But, really, my favorite part is when a child runs up to me and gives me a hug…just because.”

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