Music & Choir

Mr. Jody Blake earned his Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in music education from Auburn University, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in music education. He also holds a master’s degree in music education from Anderson University, a bachelor’s degree in music from Blue Mountain College, and an associate’s degree in music education from Northeast Mississippi Community College. Mr. Blake has 6 years of public and private school teaching experience in Mississippi,

where his choirs consistently received high ratings in performance and sight-singing. Additionally, he has 10 years of church music experience, working with choirs of all age levels. His primary research interests include hymnody in choral music education, sight-singing instruction, and history of choral music education. His recent article, “Hymns: A New/Old Resource for Music Educators,” was published in the 2017 edition of ChorTeach, a publication of the American Choral Directors Association.

The Music Department welcomes any singing talent to audition for a choral scholarship (tuition and fees). Come and sing with us!


Do I have to be a music major to receive a music scholarship?
No. You simply have to agree to the requirements of the scholarship which generally include the following: 1. Participate in the assigned ensemble(s); 2. Register as a full-time student (minimum load of 12 semester hours); 3. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in your music ensemble and an overall GPA of 2.0 in all classes.

May I receive a scholarship for more than one semester?
Yes. Generally, students will receive their scholarship for at least four semesters, providing they fulfill the scholarship requirements.

What other types of financial aid are available at Ranger College?
Students are encouraged to complete financial aid forms that are available from the Office of Financial Assistance. This office will assist you with other types of financial assistance, some which are based on merit, others which are based on need.

Are music scholarships available for students who begin in the Spring semester?
Awards are offered prior to the beginning of the academic year. Students who enter Ranger College in the spring semester may audition for an award to begin the following fall.


Music Scholarships

To apply for a scholarship with our music and choir programs, please email Mr. Blake directly at