Welcome to The Department of Music at Calvin College. The ability to make music is one of God’s choicest gifts to His people. Music enriches our lives, rouses our emotions, and stimulates our intellect. At Calvin College, there are many opportunities for you to use your musical gifts to “make a joyful noise!"
“Music is for everyone,” said Dale Topp, upon his retirement from the music department in 2002. That was the mantra on which he based his 35-year teaching career at Calvin. For the last 15+ years of his career, his teaching focused on “Music and Community,” a class in which everyone was invited to participate in the joy of music.
Topp, 77, passed away on July 23, 2014, after a lifetime of making and sharing joyful music. He graduated from Calvin in 1959 and taught for four years at Zeeland (Mich.) Christian. After receiving his masters and PhD from the University of Michigan, he began his career teaching music education at Calvin. He was also an active member of the Michigan Music Educators Association and served as president from 1990-1992.
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