About the Department

Staff Spotlight

Dr. James A. Dreiling

Assistant Professor of Music
At Berea College since 2016

Dr. James A. Dreiling is in his fourth year as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands here at Berea College. His responsibilities include directing the Berea Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, teaching applied brass lessons, instrument music education courses, and supervising student teachers. Before his arrival in Berea, he had the pleasure of teaching at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. As a public school teacher, Dr. Dreiling taught for twelve years in his home state of Kansas, including nine years as Director of Instrumental Music and Fine Arts Department Chair at Wichita South High School in Wichita.

The Berea College band program is looking forward to its fall concert of the Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble on October 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm in Gray Auditorium. The title of the concert is “ An American Portrait” and features music that celebrates the rich tradition of music in this country by American composers. A highlight of this concert will be Dr. Kathy Bullock, who will be featured as a guest artist with the Jazz Ensemble.

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Mission Statement

The Berea College Music Department recognizes that music is an essential component of a liberal arts education.  We are committed to creating an educational environment that combines the academic rigors of the discipline with the artistic standards of performance.

Through music, the Berea College Music Department affirms the college’s mission by:

  • providing a music education of high quality that relates to the liberal arts foundation and outlook
  • developing creativity and independence of thought
  • serving the community through the teacher education program, public performances and other musical opportunities
  • establishing an educational environment that respects diverse learning styles, performance styles and practices
  • providing various musical opportunities for all students on campus
  • developing awareness of music’s connection with regional, national, and international cultures
  • encouraging collaboration and teamwork
  • integrating musical experiences with the labor program to enhance professional development, promoting lifelong support and appreciation of the arts.