Dr. Pappas currently teaches at Fayetteville Tech Community College and serves as the program coordinator for the AFA in music (since fall 2014).
Dr. Pappas serves as the director of the American Music Festival presented by FTCC.
Do to the nature of the position Dr. Pappas currently teaches a vast variety of courses. These include music history, theory, and performance oriented classes. Although the department relies on wonderful adjuncts to carry the workload, Dr. Pappas is the exclusive teacher for all music theory and aural skills classes.
Pedagogically his attention is focused on developing a more comprehensive approach to Aural Skills. Dr. Pappas is looking for ways to better integrate Aural Skills into the Theory sequence, and is experimenting within other related courses to foster connections and demonstrate application. One current study is taking place in the ensemble setting through vocalizing, visualizing, and then mapping to the instrument, improvised melodies. Dr. Pappas is exploring the benefits of both physical action and improvisation in Aural Skills.
He is also working to close the knowledge gap for incoming freshmen by developing an online summer fundamentals course, free of charge, for students registered for Music Theory 1 in the fall. FTCC is one of the first institutions to adopt “Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony” (Bernstein, Straus) which uses adaptive technology (Norton’s new online, interactive learning platform) and includes an online workbook powered by Noteflight. Dr. Pappas is currently evaluating the effectiveness of these additional tools, and is planning to include aural skills software for students in the fall.
Since arriving at FTCC Dr. Pappas has added and/or redesigned the following courses:
Music Appreciation is a General Education course taken by most of our students on campus to meet their Fine Arts Requirement. FTCC currently offers over 20 sections (up from ~9 just 2.5 years ago) in varying formats (in-person, hybrid, online, High School Connections) taught by 6-7 different instructors. Upon arriving at FTCC Dr. Pappas has updated the textbook and formatting to serve best for all delivery methods. FTCC is an early adopter of Pearson’s Revel learning platform and is pleased with the results. Dr. Pappas works closely with his adjunct instructors to ensure consistency among all sections.
Introduction to Jazz is a course that was newly added in 2015. Currently it is offered as an in-person only class, designed from the ground up by Dr. Pappas. Since this course has gained much popularity on campus, Dr. Pappas is currently designing online sections to be taught in the fall.
American Music has been updated to a new format and is now both an online and in-person class. Dr. Pappas is looking to add even more sections in the fall.
One of Dr. Pappas’ main objectives was to redesign the Music Theory/Aural Skills sequence and ultimately add all sections to the schedule. FTCC now offers Music Theory and Aural Skills 1-4. As a theory pedagogue, Dr. Pappas has experimented with many different textbooks for both the theory and aural skills sequence. Currently FTCC has settled on:
FTCC has a chorus that is growing quickly both in size and talent under the watchful eye of Dr. Denise Payton
FTCC has an ensemble let by Dr. Pappas. This ensemble currently accommodates all instrumentalists with a repertoire of jazz and classical selections. Students perform up to 4 concerts per semester to enthusiastic audiences.
MUS 151/152 (voice and piano)
Dr. Pappas established FTCC’s keyboard lab and added piano 1 and 2 to the program. Since the fall of 2016 FTCC also offers voice 1 and 2.
AFA in music students are now able to take private lessons through FTCC. Although it took some time to solve the logistics, the music department is very happy with the results.
For more on the Music Program at FTCC: